Tyler Carter (Issues) on Being a Lead Singer

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Tyler Carter (Issues) on Being a Lead Singer

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Here at Get Sad Y'all, we thought it would be a great idea to interview numerous people in various aspects of the music industry to serve as guides for those that might want to pursue a career. Those interviews can be found here.

If there's anyone you'd like us to interview, give us a shout.

To start us off, we chatted with Tyler Carter (Issues) about the life of lead singer.

Who are you and what do you do?
TC: Tyler Carter, and I entertain (lol). It’s a loaded question, but at this point in my career, I’m a striving recording artist and songwriter, sing for the band Issues, but I’d love to act, I’d love to do a lot of things. 
How long have you been singing?
TC: I’ve been singing since I could talk, but professionally since 2009. 
What are some of the bigger shows/tours you've been a part of?
TC: Bigger tours would be All Time Low (USA), One Ok Rock (Japan), Bring Me The Horizon (UK/Mexico/USA), Don Broco (UK), Good Charlotte (Europe/Australia), and many more! 
What's your day-to-day look like?
TC: My day starts with super domesticated life routines: breakfast, clean and organize the living space (whether it’s home or tour bus), gym, shower, lunch, work/emails/band duties. 
How did you get on the path to becoming a singer? What made you want to become one?
TC: I always wanted to be a country singer or pop star. I was obsessed with boy bands and R&B singers too, but the only way out of my small town was Rock n Roll! It’s a DIY industry that you can break through, and that I learned through my love of skate boarding and going to shows with my punk friends. 
What is something you've learned about singing over time that you wish you had known from the start?
TC: I wish I was more educated on how labels work and how royalties, publishing, and just the overall inner workings of the BUSINESS work. 
Where should someone looking to become a singer start their career path?
TC: I would say start by becoming the best songwriter possible. Focus on your stories, your poetry, your experiences, and then learn how to turn that into beautiful and catchy melodies to appeal to people who can connect and relate to your stories, poetry, and experiences. 
What are three key things that someone looking to become a singer should know?
TC: 3 key things to know becoming part of the entertainment business in general are...

  • Never sacrifice who you are even if you make compromises on what you're doing or how you do it. Never give up your soul and your integrity.  
  • Never sign anything you don’t properly know or have someone who knows look it over for you. Trust your team.
  • And last, don’t be a dick. 
Anything else to add?
TC: Thanks for reading. Check out my debut solo album Moonshine and be on the look out for the new Issues album!


Be sure to follow and check out Tyler's solo project and Issues below!

Tyler Carter
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Listen: Spotify | Apple Music | Amazon
Socials: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

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