Since the man left his post as Woe, Is Me‘s clean singer, Tyler Carter has been busy working on his smooth solo career. We asked the man about leaving the band, his replacement, and his new tunes.
MEB: You made headlines recently when you quit Woe, Is Me, a move bemoaned by most of the band’s fans. You mentioned in your goodbye that you just the “‘rock ‘n roll’ lifestyle and what it consists of isn’t for you anymore.” How did you decide to finally split with the band, and how did you know it was the right timing?
Tyler Carter: Well, I mean the band and myself always made following your dreams our main message and motivation for our fans, I started to drift from the metal music and feel myself as more of a pop rnb artist. It was hard to leave but having so much love from our fans on warped tour and so many people saying I inspire them with my message, it led me to finally listen to my own advice, and follow my biggest dreams. Dreams go beyond accomplishments, you get so far, and you only dream to go farther as an artist, and what I wanted to do was beyond metal music. I mean that with much respect to all genres.
As a vocalist and lyricist, how does it feel knowing that a new singer will be performing your old Woe, Is Me songs?
I’ve known Hance (Alligood, new Woe, Is Me vocalist) for many years and he’s a great guy, and a great singer. I had a lot of faith in him even before all this, while he was in his other band and venturing into bigger fields, I always had his best interest. So I’m relieved to know my position is being taken over by someone like him. I’m sure it will be weird to hear live, I will probably think to myself “Oh he did that wrong, or that’s not how I did it” but haha, that’s human nature isn’t it?
Your new solo material is decidedly more pop and R&B influenced. When did your passion aim more towards those new genres than your past post-hardcore work with Woe?
I’ve always wanted to sing that style of music, if you couldn’t tell my vocal influences were always artists like Usher, R Kelly, Justin Timberlake, and I just happened to be in a metal band. It was fun and different, and I think that’s what set it apart.
How did your experience making heavier music affect your approach to your new style?
I don’t know, I mean it doesn’t really effect it, except that lyrically writing post hardcore music brought me to put more depth into my words. Metaphors and emotions really stand out in that genre, so it’s helping me write my pop stuff more meaningful and not just about clubs, and girls, and money.
Who are you working with on the new tunes? Any names we’d recognize going to be collaborating or producing?
Nothing special yet. Just focusing on me first. Features will come later. I have plans and talk about different friends I’ve made in the industry, but nothing in stone.
Your song “Uphill” definitely had some glossy pop sounds going on, while “Side To Side” and “Touch Me” are far more R&B, groove-focused tracks. Will you be touching on both sounds for the solo release?
I plan to do some kind of free mixtape with all different styles of top 40’s style songs, just to try and showcase myself, and find what I fit best with. I like them all, so really the sky is the limit!
When can we expect an official full-length or EP from you?
Just follow me, stick with me, and you will know. For now, I’m just releasing little treats here and there. Be patient, shit takes time! Anyone can tell you that haha.
Anything else you’d like to say?
Thanks to my fans for continuing to dream and believe in yourself, it motivates me that my impact is effective.