Today we’d like to introduce you to Tyler Scott.
Tyler, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Growing up, we always had technology in the home because my parents worked for IBM. That exposure sparked an interest in engineering at a young age. Then in second grade that took a musical turn. I began taking drum lessons and started playing at church a couple of years later. Every Sunday, I was intrigued – my dad would carefully arrange the mics and equipment before service and as I helped, my interest in audio engineering emerged. I was no longer just a musician but I wanted to learn the technical side too.
In high school, I had my own Jazz group. We would do gigs around my hometown of Fort Wayne, IN. I saved up enough money to buy my first Pro Tools set up (circa 2006). It was a Digidesign 002, Pro Tools 6, and a couple of cheap microphones. Building on what I learned from my father I would record myself and my band during rehearsals. I also had friends that would come over and write and produce demos.
Senior year, while at the Purdue University Jazz Festival, my band director, Kevin Klee, asked where I was thinking of going to college. When I mentioned being interested in playing drums as well as audio engineering, he shared Berklee College of Music in Boston was one of the most prestigious music colleges in the country with one of the top music production and engineering programs. After doing further research I was sold!
In 2009, after getting accepted I moved to Boston to begin college. Berklee is a special place where you can work on your craft 24/7, but most importantly, build the types of relationships that can help sustain a career for years to come.
After graduating in 2013, I moved out to Los Angeles and was grateful to land an internship with Tony Maserati, a Berklee alum. For those that don’t know, Tony is one of the leading engineers of modern music, spearheading the sonic quality and identity of some of the biggest 90s R&B, Hip Hop, Pop and current records ever heard to this day. Tony took me under his wing and was willing to teach me everything he knows, not only about mixing but the music industry and creating longevity in one’s career. I don’t take that for granted, as I realize it’s a rare and special opportunity to find a mentor that’s so generous with their time and talent. Not to mention, he’s still one of the best in the game. I assisted Tony from 2013 until last year (2018), when I started expanding and working with my own A-List clientele.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Being an entrepreneur or small business owner never comes without its challenges, but getting to come up under Tony’s mentorship really enabled me to have a sound foundation on both the business and creative sides of my career.
What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of? What sets you apart from others?
There are a couple of stages to making a record. A songwriter and producer will come together, write the song, produce the music, and have an artist come into the studio to record vocals. Once they’re happy with the song they will hand off the music to a mix engineer. That’s where I come in. As a mix engineer, I take all the music stems (drums, bass, guitars, vocals, etc.), balance them (adjust volumes, add effects, etc.), and refine the sound so that the song can compete sonically with other songs in its respective category. Overall, I try to make sure that the record sounds amazing and connects with its intended audience – all while ensuring it evokes the feeling that the artist/writers intended.
In addition, as a business owner my clients know that they can count on me to be extremely thorough, pleasant to work with, timely, and consistent – ultimately delivering a product that helps push their artistry forward with a fresh and unique perspective.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I am looking forward to expanding my team as I continue to increase the number of amazingly talented artists featured in my discography. I also love mentoring and encouraging the next generation of engineers by sharing my journey on social media so don’t hesitate to reach out!
- Website: www.tylerjscott.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @tylerjscott