What is your name and role within the band?
Tyler Connolly, singer.
Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
I am living in Los Angeles and the music scene is amazing here.
You’ve recently released your most recent album “Wake Up Call” where and when did you record?
We recorded this record over in London, England in Feb of 2017
What influenced the sound and songwriting for “Wake Up Call”?
It all started with the purchase of a baby grand piano that a friend recommended me to buy. Most of the songs were written on that. Going from guitar to piano opened up a whole new avenue of creativity for me and created a whole new sound for our band.
Please describe your songwriting process?
It’s never the same twice. It has started with a melody, or a guitar riff or a lyric. Rarely do I have a pattern or set way of creating the foundation. I do usually write better in the morning before 10am. Sometimes it’s like a switch where I have all these ideas then “click” it’s gone and I pack it in for the day.
How did Theory (Of A Deadman) form?
Myself and Dean (bass) met in high school when we worked together at a restaurant. I went to high school with Dave’s (guitar) older brother. We played local gigs and made some demos until we were eventually signed. Joe on drums came on at the beginning of our 3rd record Scars and Souvenirs.
You’re currently touring for the first time in Australia, how has the tour and the shows been so far?
Love it here! This is one of greatest places I’ve visited. It’s beautiful and the people are fantastic! I have already started telling people to come down here for vacation because it really is a wonder. The shows have been great as well, fans have been waiting 16 years for us and you could tell.
What do you find most challenging and rewarding when touring?
Rewarding is living the dream we all thought of when we were young, being able to travel to amazing places like Australia. The challenges like a lot of things are you have to give up the things a normal lifestyle doesn’t allow, spending a lot of time away from family and friends and having that stability. I always tell people this is NOT for everyone.
What can we expect from your live shows?
We will try to play as many of the songs the fans want to hear, it’s tough as we have well over a 100 songs now. But our set if very dynamic from slow to fast, mellow to heavy. Everything in between.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Canadian artist Alessia Cara, very talented and an amazing singer. Just saw her at the Juno awards.
What do you have planned for the remainder of 2018 going into 2019?
Our summer touring schedule is pretty packed. As for the fall and winter its wide open for the moment, we are weighing the possibilities of an acoustic tour and perhaps coming back here!!
Where can be buy / listen to “Wake Up Call”?
What do you like to do outside of music?
As I get older I have gotten quite obsessed with golf. Absolutely love it!
Favourite food and place to hang out?
I’m pretty low key at home. Me and friends love to get Mexican food and go to an escape room or have games night with some wine.