Artist Interview: Riley Tyrel Carter
Tell us about yourself and your music
I started playing guitar when I was 14. I lived in a small town in southern Idaho. This was the mid-90’s, and technology wasn’t nearly as advanced as it is today, so my access to an instructor was very limited. I taught myself how to play guitar by listening to Metallica and Jimi Hendrix. I didn’t start writing music until I was 28. Performing music was something I always wanted to do, so I figured it was now or never. I currently live in a small town in North East Oregon, and with my busy schedule, it’s hard to find other musicians to work with. So I took up live looping. I’ve found a way that is efficient to perform live in venues. I’ve since then released 2 albums and should have my 3rd released during March.
Talk to us more about your latest release
My 3rd album is an accumulation of acoustic and electric songs, focusing on the alternate reality we’ve created for ourselves, living in a world where everything is just messed up. The American dream, in my eyes, is just an illusion, a distraction to keep you slaving away until you die, just to give it all back. The album is called Delusional Billboards.
What inspired you to write this release?
I don’t currently really use SoundCloud. I have music distribution through CDBaby with my last 2 albums.
Life in general has always been my inspiration to write. I mean, I grew up in southern Idaho. My parents split when I was a young kid. I graduated high school in western Washington. I enlisted in the Air Force when I was 18 and spent 3 years over seas. When I got out, I moved back to Idaho and struggled to survive doing construction when the economy collapsed. Now, I have a head full of stories I need to get out.
Any plans to release a video?
I would like to release an official video for my song Hitchhiker. The YouTube video attachment I’m including is a video of a live performance of my song Hitchhiker (which will be on my next album Delusional Billboards) But I definitely see an official video being released in the near future.
Any plans to hit the road?
For the last couple of years I’ve stuck close to home. This year I’m reaching out to Seattle and Boise. It’s still close to home, but I’m really just taking my time and trying to grow my fan base the best I can with what I got.
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
I do live looping of songs I create. I have inspirations ranging from Jimi Hendrix to Sublime, to Metallica to George Strait. I’ve really tapped onto my own sound while doing something unique, that takes years of practice.
Who have you been listening to lately?
I’ve been listening to a lot of Slightly Stoopid and Alice In Chains.
Tell us about your passions
I love my family. I have a fiancé and 2 step daughters that call me dad. They help me to be the best that I can. I also really love my 1 yr old pitbull!
What else is happening next in your world?
New shows in new cities with new songs is my biggest focus. I also love meeting other artists and networking. I believe networking is really the only way to survive without a label.
Thanks for an awesome interview, Riley!