Interview: Tyler Touché talks about his influences, the saxophone, and his dream collaboration

Friday, May 15, 2015

Our writer Kate Carnell recently had the opportunity to ask producer Tyler Touché a few questions about his influences, the saxophone, and who he wants to work with the most. Check it out below.

Firstly, can I please ask you how you came up with the name Tyler Touché?

You’ve just released your new track ‘Act Of God’ featuring LA artist Jason Gaffner.  How did this collaboration come about?  How did you two find each other?

Twas a late foggy night in the studio, when a faint blue notification popped up through a hazy computer screen. ‘Message from Jason Gaffner’, the Facebook message read, as Tyler slowly crept towards the edge of his seat in anticipation. He began to trawl through message, engrossed in the proposal that Mr Gaffner had put forward. “Im mad keen 2 rite a track wit u bro”, Mr Gaffner mentioned. There was something in the charm of the message that had Tyler hooked.

“I’ve got it!” Tyler exclaimed, as the faulty studio light bulb coincidentally lit up above his head. He raced his cursor across the computer screen,
 clicking and typing with such velocity, that someone could’ve mistaken for reenacting a scene from the 1995 sci-fi thriller film, Hackers. In a mad (probably unnecessary) rush, he dropped an mp3 into the Facebook chat window.

Several weeks later, Mr Gaffner’s online presence returned, only this time the faint blue notification brought something of significantly more importance. Tyler could sense the caliber of the message, as he gazed over it's contents: ‘actofgod-demo-vox-v1.wav’. Slowly, he moved the cursor over to the play button. And the rest was history...

A few people have mentioned that it sounds a little Jamiroquai-esque (I’ve decided that’s now an adjective).  How do you feel about these comparisons?  Do they match your influences?

I think to be compared to Jamiroquai is an honour. Comparison’s like that are often handy to get people to give me their ears for a minute or two, or at least give me something, something that nobody else can give. It’s not necessarily the influences I had for the track at all, though.
My foolosophy for writing music is that if you start to compare yourself too much to other artists, you can start to fall into some sort of virtual insanity.

Your sound has evolved from your early work such as ‘Baguette’ (you know you’ve made it when you hear at least one douche say “I prefer his older stuff”).  Was that intentional or has it just been a natural progression through learning and growth?

It’s strange, as an artist there’s a natural progression of experimenting, learning and growing in your craft and sound - you don’t want to do the same thing twice.

But as a listener of music, you usually just tend listen to an artist to hear a specific sound or style.

How and when did you begin producing music?

Mostly out of curiosity, listening to electronic music on the internet, and wondering how they made these crazy sounds.

Not unlike Aussie producer Flume, you’re also quite the saxophonist aren’t you?  You still bust it out during your live set and it really gives you an edge.  How important is it to have this extra element to your music?  

People can relate to a physical instrument much more than pressing buttons. At the moment, with technology there’s not much transparency with what an electronic performer/DJ is actually doing on stage.

I’ve always loved playing a good jazz number on sax. But I find in almost any other style, it can get really cheesy, really quickly. I don’t really want to be filed under Kenny G in your mum’s cassette collection. So I’ll probably only bring it out on special occasions.

If you could work with any artist in the world, who would it be?

Young Franco

I’ve read that you sampled your mum’s vocals in ‘Baguette’ and that your parents have been great support.   I hope you got her something special for Mother’s Day!

s/o to my wonderful parents. Got her another Kenny G cassette.

Listen to his new single 'Act Of God' below: