Born in Harwood, Ontario, Kyler Tapscott began playing the guitar at age eleven. His recently recorded EP, Kyler, marks his debut as a solo artist, and showcases his talent not only as a guitarist but as a singer-songwriter. Produced by Darcy Yates of the Juno-winning band Bahamas and featuring a lineup of Toronto’s top musicians, the EP is an eclectic mix of Kyler’s influences, which range from rock to roots.

Kyler’s debut single, “Fire,” is a mix of deep grooves and catchy hooks backed by horns and intricate guitar work. Take a listen to the new single and read more in our exclusive interview below!

Can you talk to us about the inspiration behind ‘Fire’? It’s what I wasn’t doing that inspired Fire. I wanted to be releasing my own music for so long it was sort of my cathartic way of breaking the ice into my solo career.

How has your community contributed to your success? Everyone in my musical community has been really supportive and encouraging. It makes it easier to fall into the muse when it knocks on the door.  

What advice would you give other musicians? Record yourself and listen back. On one hand it’s a super productive tool to capture special moments in your playing that would otherwise fly over your head, and it can open doors creatively. The mic never lies, so on the other hand it also shows you what you need to work on, which is also incredibly important. Be consistent, but also be patient with yourself.

Describe to our audience your music-making process.I kind of inadvertently answered this question in question #3. That being said, listen to a lot of music and develop a musical encyclopedia you can draw from when you’re creating. record ideas and build from them. The song is already there, you just need to put the pieces together.

How did it feel when you released your debut single? It’s an incredibly cathartic feeling and I hope to recreate it as many times as I can. It’s like catching a fish and throwing it back in the water to try and catch it again. 

If you could collaborate with any musician/band, who would it be? And why?Wow, there are so many… If I could record a song with Finneas holding the reins as producer I wouldn’t turn it down. He’s got a great contemporary ear to serve the song.

What first got you interested in music?My dad and my grandpa were both musicians. I’ve always been around music and stimulated by it. I tried playing guitar when I was about 7 but I didn’t take to it. I don’t think I had the discipline or motor skills to get anything out of it but I picked it up again when I was 11 with full force.

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