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An Open Letter From the Word Alive’s Tyler “Telle” Smith

Hello there friends and fans,
I just want to start off by saying how awesome it is that Revolver has started doing these musician blogs from the road. I think being on tour is one of the most amazing experiences anyone can have in life. You get to see the world, you get to meet thousands of people, and you get to say you did something that only a handful of people in the world get to do.
We're in Douglasville, Georgia, tonight playing the 7 Venue with Stray From the Path, For Today, After the Burial, and Bleeding Through on the Anti-Hero Tour. I wrote the first paragraph right before we played and during our set I had to stop the show and have someone removed. So now I feel inspired to talk about the issues we face at times while touring.
I understand that when we play shows, not everyone is going to like us. Not everyone is going to even respect us. But one thing that we as up and coming struggling musicians hate is a complete lack of respect. I go to shows, I try to support my friends on tour when I'm home or on off-dates where we can catch some shows. If I don't like any of the bands, I definitely wouldn't walk to the front row and try to discourage them from making music. I really don't understand why people seem to come to shows nowadays more for fighting, talking trash to the bands, or even more commonly, hanging out outside of the venue.
What happened to coming to shows and supporting music from the local scene on up? What happened to wanting to discover new music and opening up your mind to different options? I think if you put your interests in a box, you're selling yourself short. Life is about connections, about searching for who you are and discovering the world. It really is disappointing to see people coming to shows with such closed mindedness. I can only hope that we can be part of the solution together.
I really urge each of you reading to try listening to a band you never thought you would like, or even 10 bands. For all of you who only listen to hardcore, I'll give you some suggestions of personal favorites of mine. These bands are some of my favorites to listen to, and I hope that you can find things about them that you like. Brand New, Sigur Ros, Anberlin, Story of the Year, Muse, Further Seems Forever, and Minus The Bear. Each blog, I'll suggest some more music and let you know what I've been listening to for the week.
The biggest thing I think the music scene today lacks is respect. Respect for fans who are the reason we get to fulfill our dreams, respect for buying music which keeps bands on the road for those awesome fans, respect for bands and genre's on tours which you might not appreciate and above all, respect for each other. Hopefully, you guys can go to your next show and try to just let the bands who play (all of them, not just your favorite) know that they are appreciated. If you don't have money, you'd be surprised at how many of us just love talking to fans and hearing how our music has impacted your life.
So in short, don't be the guy/girl in the back row with your arms folded the whole show. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and jump around, clap, sing even if you can't hit the notes and just enjoy the experience. Shows aren't meant for the people who think they are better than everyone else, they are meant for the people searching for a family, a release, and somewhere to go. Remember that. Remember that every person is struggling with something, and music is the No. 1 way to get through many of those struggles in ones life. I know music saved my life, maybe it's saved yours. I just want to say thank you for reading, I'll be taking comments and critiques and keep that in mind for my next Revolver Blog. This one is just to start out and see what you guys want to know and read about. In closing I'd like to know not only what you are listening to, but the band or song that saved/changed your life? Post your answers below!
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