Local Sounds: Melody and Tyler

Melody & Tyler take their love of acoustic music to festival levels.

Autumn Thatcher Athatcher@inthisweek.com

Published September 12th 2011 2:48 am



Melody & Tyler are a dynamic duo of acoustic musicians who have been making music together for over four years. They are also the co-creators of The Acoustic All-Stars Music Festival, an annual event held in Park City.

This year marks the four-year anniversary of the three-day festival. So, we talked to Melody and Tyler to find out more about the festival, the musicians involved with it and why you should go.

Describe your music.

Imagine, if you will, a dark room filled with people, the sound of two guitars strumming separate patterns but together in time and as Tyler creates a rhythmic edge that is like a strumming beat, Melody sings like a fallen angel painting a picture of a haunted past to a rock 'n' roll anthem with acoustic guitars. This is a night at a Melody & Tyler show.

You two organize an annual festival called The Acoustic All-Stars Music Festival. Tell us about the festival.

We Started the festival because we wanted to help build a network of musicians to build a better music scene in Utah. The idea was originally to give lesser known musicians a chance to play a great show with more seasoned musicians and then also get a chance to talk to them for advice on their career in music. We think that if we all build a brotherly respect and unselfish behavior of performers, we can build this scene and grow it into a more dedicated breed of musicians.

Why is the festival focused on acoustic music?

We have found many musicians who are just as good if not better than a band who can pull as many people in to see them and they're not your typical acoustic music. It helps put all the artists on a leveled playing ground and also it's fun to hear the people who are normally in a band play another version of their songs.

How do you select what artists will play at the festival?

We don't let anyone in the fest without an application even if they're our best friends. We are very serious about that. Once the application deadline passes, we sit down with an undisclosed committee and listen to all the applicants. They are rated by a few things. They must have a certain level of talent, they must be performing on a regular basis and it helps if they have a hand in trying to build a better Utah music scene and are good at networking and gig trading.

Why should people attend the festival?

If you like music, want to hear something different, enjoy fun people in a fun atmosphere, want a chance to take a weekend to relax and make new friends and get to hear up-and-coming musicians you may or may not have heard before, this is the place for you. The styles range from bluegrass to rock, to pop, to easy listening, to folk to gypsy. The fest is held in The Downstairs, a bar with a great staff, super cool people and very friendly performers. Also if you want to stay the weekend, Park City Lodging is giving 25% off to call-in reservations if you mention the fest.

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Melody & Tyler are a dynamic duo of acoustic musicians who have been making music together for over four years. They are also the co-creators of The Acoustic All-Stars Music Festival, an annual event held in Park City.

This year marks the four-year anniversary of the three-day festival. So, we talked to Melody and Tyler to find out more about the festival, the musicians involved with it and why you should go.

Describe your music.

Imagine, if you will, a dark room filled with people, the sound of two guitars strumming separate patterns but together in time and as Tyler creates a rhythmic edge that is like a strumming beat, Melody sings like a fallen angel painting a picture of a haunted past to a rock 'n' roll anthem with acoustic guitars. This is a night at a Melody & Tyler show.

You two organize an annual festival called The Acoustic All-Stars Music Festival. Tell us about the festival.

We Started the festival because we wanted to help build a network of musicians to build a better music scene in Utah. The idea was originally to give lesser known musicians a chance to play a great show with more seasoned musicians and then also get a chance to talk to them for advice on their career in music. We think that if we all build a brotherly respect and unselfish behavior of performers, we can build this scene and grow it into a more dedicated breed of musicians.

Why is the festival focused on acoustic music?

We have found many musicians who are just as good if not better than a band who can pull as many people in to see them and they're not your typical acoustic music. It helps put all the artists on a leveled playing ground and also it's fun to hear the people who are normally in a band play another version of their songs.

How do you select what artists will play at the festival?

We don't let anyone in the fest without an application even if they're our best friends. We are very serious about that. Once the application deadline passes, we sit down with an undisclosed committee and listen to all the applicants. They are rated by a few things. They must have a certain level of talent, they must be performing on a regular basis and it helps if they have a hand in trying to build a better Utah music scene and are good at networking and gig trading.

Why should people attend the festival?

If you like music, want to hear something different, enjoy fun people in a fun atmosphere, want a chance to take a weekend to relax and make new friends and get to hear up-and-coming musicians you may or may not have heard before, this is the place for you. The styles range from bluegrass to rock, to pop, to easy listening, to folk to gypsy. The fest is held in The Downstairs, a bar with a great staff, super cool people and very friendly performers. Also if you want to stay the weekend, Park City Lodging is giving 25% off to call-in reservations if you mention the fest. [2] =>

Describe your EP.

We have a three-song EP out now called "i bleed music" and it's a mix of some of our softer songs. Recording is crazy because nothing ever goes as planned, and the songs always turn out different than you realize.

What opportunities have you had as a result of your music?

SOOOOOO many sexual favors! No. We have been fortunate to open for several national acts, as well as a personal musical hero of both of ours, J.R. Richards, from Dishwalla. We have been able to travel, meet new people and perform at corporate gigs, restaurants, concerts and parks. We have been able to build on the sound we have and watch it grow and it's been a real exciting experience to watch as we progress and see that we aren't standing still.

What do you see for the future of your music?

SOOOOO many sexual favors! For real, we have a dream that we believe we are committed to. We both have been craving this life for the greater part of OUR lives. We want to get a full-length album out there soon that will show what we can do because we feel our music has a lot to offer. We see us not having to sell carpet or answering phones anymore and playing music on the side, and instead, we see us touring and traveling and learning and growing and STILL being able to pay our bills. That's a level of success that takes a lot of commitment and drive, and we have that. We know that someday our dreams will become a reality because we can see our dreams are within our grasp if we just keep reaching for them. We would love to be able to write songs for other artists and tour and perform. We just want a success that will land us in the responsible-financially-stable-adults-who-do-what-they-love category.

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You Should Go: The Acoustic All-Stars Music Festival

Live Show

featuring Dustin & Dave of The Wayne Hoskins Band, Ben Hoganson, Sugar Mountain Revival, Whitney Blayne, Kimo Watanabe of Rebel Zion, Jeremiah Maxey, Staks O’Lee, Juana Ghani, W. James Woods of Supersofar, Timmy Pearce, Chad Gourley, The Detour Utah Band, Buddha Pie, Steven Swift, Marc Cooper, Brian Bingham, Jen Stensrud, Shelly Riff and Melody & Tyler

When • Friday, July 29, at 7 p.m. - Sunday, July 31 at 10 p.m.

Where • The Downstairs, 625 S. Main St., Park City

Tickets • $10 - $20