Dearest Revolver magazine readers,
It's been my pleasure to write several blogs for you guys to read and get a little closer look at the life of a touring musician, as well as a personal look inside my life and why I'm doing what I'm doing. I hope you enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed writing them and reading all the responses. This is where we say farewell, but it's not before leaving you guys with our last update for 2010 from the road. Our last tour with A Day To Remember, Underoath and Close Your Eyes was incredible, and we met so many new fans. I hope you found yourself in one of our three previous videos. We saved the best for last (and for Revolver, who has been so supportive of TWA this year).
So it's that time of year, my friends. The holiday season is upon us. Thanksgiving is around the corner and, before you know it, Christmas and New Years. Being on tour for the last four years has kept me from family and friends during most holidays, so I want to encourage you all to really take advantage of the time you may have with your families these holidays. While on tour, this group of guys become my family. I'm not sure where we'll be for Thanksgiving but probably a hotel watching football and drinking some beers, haha
When you go to a show, I hope you can find a connection with the music and musicians you're watching. I was fortunate enough to watch the Deftones play the other night after waiting 10 years to see them! I've never felt what I did at their show. I felt that Chino was singing/screaming to me. I hope that at the Word Alive shows, you can feel that. I hope that if you are performing you have that mindset, because it felt amazing as a fan to feel that. Too often people use things that happen to them as excuses and become bitter. I know you hear how the music world is so over-satured nowadays, and to a certain extent, I agree. However, there can never be enough genuine musicians who go on stage every night and remember where they started.
Hello readers, this marks my third blog featured here on Revolvermag.com, and I'm pretty excited about how many of you have been responding to me on these blogs and on my personal pages. It's really a great feeling to know that something I've written could help someone in some way, so I just want to say I'm honored that you're taking the time to read what I have to say.
For this blog, let me take you through parts of my journey, and hopefully it can show some of you aspiring musicians out there that no matter what your circumstance, anything is possible.
If there is no bathroom for miles and you have to go, what do you do?
Hahaha, well we're all men, so that's half the battle right there. You can go the most efficient way, pee in a bottle. Or you can stop and give nature a shower. If it's the backdoor knocking, you either hold it or we usually keep a roll of T.P. lying around for emergencies!
Tyler "Telle" Smith is currently on tour with his band the Word Alive. This is a letter to fans about respect. You can check out the Word Alive on the Anti-Hero tour with Bleeding Through and others, and you can pick up the band’s new album, Deceiver (Fearless), in stores now.