As a married man, Tyler Smyth (songwriter, producer and the frontman of American metalcore band Dangerkids) might be in trouble after revealing that his favourite thing in the world is when Steinberg releases its latest Cubase update. Headliner doesn’t take that quite literally, but hear him out and you’ll understand why he’s also married to the music…
Smyth distinctly recalls getting his hands on his first ever Parental Advisory-labelled CD:
“I remember getting the first Rage Against the Machine album; it opened up my way of thinking of not just what music can sound like, but what it can accomplish, and most importantly, how it makes you feel and how you internalise that,” Smyth reminisces from his home in L.A. “You kind of stir all that together, and that's what I bring to the table each day on the songs I work on.”
A number of Parental Advisory-labelled CDs behind him, these days Smyth makes a living by channelling that very same passion and expression into his songwriting and production work (sometimes for his own Dangerkids, sometimes for other heavy metal bands like I Prevail), although he also lends his musical talents to SEGA’s Sonic the Hedgehog gaming series.
His heavy metal production credentials have not gone unnoticed either: in 2020 he became the first rock producer to claim the number one spot on Billboard's first ever Hard Rock Producers chart.
“I’ve travelled and toured for well over a decade and have played a lot of shows,” he considers, “and I think that gives me a very unique experience now that I find myself writing a lot more and performing a lot less.
"It's interesting because I'm joining these bands, so to speak, temporarily and helping them create their art. I'm putting myself in their headspace or writing from their point of view, but I definitely understand that point of view of what it feels like to stand on stage and try to make a room full of people care about what you have to say or what you're doing.
"I have this very intimate understanding of what is at stake for each artist when they come to me to make songs. I want to make modern classics within the confines of these bands and their fan bases, and I definitely want to also appease that young rock fan in me that got into bands like Pink Floyd.”