My name is Tyler Nail, and I'm a singer/songwriter from NC. I started playing guitar and writing when I was about 17. Since then I have been traveling around the state playing music and recording solo albums. I've learned a lot in a few years, and I'm still learning all the time. However, the work accomplished over this past year has taken my music to a significantly new place.
I have just released my fifth album, Winter to Winter. This album has been a new experience for me in that it is the first full album with instrumental accompaniment, and the first of mine to be professionally printed and packaged. But most of all, the overall process of making this album is what really sets it apart from my old albums. I'm used to getting in a studio, and singing some songs and playing by myself, as fast and simple as possible. This album called for a little more time, and a lot more creativity. And in the end, I think it made for something to be proud of.
These songs have been in my head for a while. I was already writing these songs in early 2010 while also releasing another album, titled "This May Change Your Life." I finished writing them the winter before their release, in early 2011. I was in no hurry to make a record until finally, in August, I realized that it was about time. We started recording on August 28th. Included in the process was a bassist named Greg Goad, and a guitarist, recording engineer, and producer named Johnathan Loos. We three recorded on and off for 2 months, which was much more time that I anticipated it taking. I prefer to record live as much as possible, meaning all three of us playing together at the same time. That's just how I like to do things. But limited availability meant limited time for all of us to record at one time, so we had to make a few exceptions. After all of our parts were done, John and I went back and recorded me playing drums over several songs on the record. It went really well. After that, we were finally done recording.
After recording, John and I spent the next month and a half mixing and mastering. In retrospect, it really wasn't that long of a process, but in the heat and pressure of it, it could feel a bit grueling. It was a new thing for me. So here were two artists, one being the writer, and the guy with the last say-so, and one, a great producer with a good ear and similar vision. Splitting the job of producing has the potential to go well, or go wrong, but John and I agreed on everything. We both wanted the same thing - a real album, that’s comparable to our live shows. No fake stuff. No real “standard expectations.” Just real, genuine music. The reality and honesty of the songs, not so dramatically altered. So that's what we made. Every sound on this album is a real sound. No fake instruments. No computerized voices or sounds. We recorded digitally, but the music was real, and remained real. We didn't depend on the digital technology to make the record sound good. It was only a source of keeping what we did. The instruments and voices are what we depended on, and what you will hear on this record.
Producing, printing, distributing - it’s all a new world to me. I'm still waiting to see how everything will go, and how people will react to it. But regardless, I am proud of it, and will remain proud of the work we have done, and the music we have made. We all hope you enjoy it.
For information on my old albums, upcoming show dates, and future projects, you can find me on facebook.com/tylernail, and soon to come on TylerNail.com. Also feel free to email me at Tylernailmusic@gmail.com.