Musician going it on his own

He’s still getting used to it, to the thought of seeing his face all over your stuff.

“It’s kind of weird, if I try to think about, like, a T-shirt design,” Ian Shane Tyler says through a half-embarrassed grin. “With a band, it’s cool, because you can put the band name there or a picture of this and that. But with a solo project, it’s like, what am I going to do, stick my face on a shirt?” he says, chuckling.

“Everyone, buy my face.”

Two years ago at this time, Tyler was poised to be one of the next big signings out of Las Vegas, with major labels courting his band Red Light School District and a planned tour opening for The Killers in the works.

These days, he’s still being eyed by big labels such as Warner Bros. and Atlantic, but in an entirely new context: as a solo artist, for the first time.

It all began, and ended, when the hotly tipped Red Light spent nearly a year recording what was to be their debut album, only to be dissatisfied with their producer and the way the finished product sounded. So they scrapped the whole thing.

Before an aborted gig in Reno in September 2006, Tyler got a call from his bandmates informing him that they had quit.

“It was kind of like a big meltdown, I guess,” Tyler says from his home studio, flanked by a rack of guitars and a bank of blinking recording equipment. “After all the work we had done, we didn’t have a CD. After a year we ended up nowhere still, just a band with a lot of hype behind us and nothing to show for it.”

And so Tyler bought a stack of phone-book-sized recording manuals, set up his own studio, and taught himself how to track and mix an album.

“It totally sucked,” he sighs. “A lot of times I was just driving myself crazy in the studio, trying to figure out what sounded right or if there was a right.”

But it was worth the effort, if Tyler’s solo debut, “Through A Telescope,” is any indication. A superb headphones record with a detailed mix and a sweeping, near-symphonic sound in places, it’s a textured, confident sounding CD.

There are still traces of the loose-limbed piano pop that Red Light became known for, but overall, Tyler’s debut is a more guitar-driven, varied effort. “Something New” is a spare, pretty acoustic number with a dusty twang, “Beautiful” a pop barnburner with a massive chorus, while “Every Flower Dies” (a shot at Killers frontman Brandon Flowers) features such heated hard rock soloing that Tyler can’t help but bust out some air guitar licks as the tune plays.

Having just gotten copies of the CD back from the pressing plant, Tyler is going to begin shopping the album soon. Expect him to land the deal that eluded him two years ago.

“I just felt like I wanted to have a CD done and not have anything be able to stop me,” says Tyler, a demure, soft-spoken guy. “I knew that there was no way that I couldn’t succeed if I just relied on myself.”

Contact reporter Jason Bracelin at jbracelin @reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0476.

ad-high_impact_4
Life
An elegant Tea Party for substance abuse and homeless women
An elegant Tea Party for substance abuse and homeless women at WestCare Women Children Campus in Las Vegas. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Former 51s manager Wally Backman chats about new job
Former Las Vegas 51s manager Wally Backman talks about his new job with the independent league Long Island Ducks during the Baseball Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Dec. 10, 2018. (Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Inside the kitchen at Springs Preserve
The staff of Divine Events do party preparation in the kitchen at Divine Cafe at Springs Preserve. With nine parties the following day, this is a particularly busy time for the crew. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Pearl Harbor survivor Edward Hall talks about his memories of Dec. 7, 1941
U.S. Army Corps Edward Hall, a 95-year-old survivor of Pearl Harbor talks about his memories of that horrific day. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Roy Choi on cooking for Park MGM employees
As he prepares to open his new restaurant Best Friend later this month at Park MGM, celebrity chef Roy Choi took the time to cook for the resort’s employees Tuesday. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Best Friend Menu Reveal Wednesday
Chef Roy Choi tells us what to expect from Wednesday’s Facebook Live Menu Reveal for his new Park MGM restaurant Best Friend. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas Great Santa Run
People participated in the 14th annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run which raises cubs for Opportunity Village.
World Holidays Exhibit At The Natural History Museum
Migratory Bird Day teaches adults and kids to celebrate birds
Different organizations offered activities for kids and adults to learn about birds and celebrate their migration journey at Sunset Park. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
"Jackson: The Red Rock Canyon Burro" is a children's book about Red Rock Canyon
"Jackson: The Red Rock Canyon Burro" is a children's book about Red Rock Canyon (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Interfaith Amigos speak in Las Vegas
Celebrity photographer dedicates dance book to Las Vegas shooting victims
Behind the scenes with local celebrity photographer Jerry Metellus as he talks about his Dance For Vegas coffee book dedicated to the 58 victims of the October 1 shooting. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Dreamsickle Kids Foundation founder Gina Glass talks awareness
Gina Glass, 35, founded Dreamsickle Kids Foundation to raise awareness for sickle cell disease in Nevada. (Jessie Bekker/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
TOP NEWS
News Headlines
Add Event
Home Front Page Footer Listing
Circular
You May Like

You May Like