Alternative, Experimental, Indie, Punk, Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Nashville, TN, USA
20 year old Tanner Mackey is an Indie musician currently functioning in-between Arkansas, and Nashville, Tennessee. He is a multi-instrumentalist as well as a singer/songwriter, with a significant portion of his life dedicated to music. Tanner considers himself an Avant-Garde musician, and as such he typically tries to avoid looking at music through the structured guise of genre. Works he previously created have been described as ArtPunk, lo-fi Indie, Beach Goth, Folk Punk, and Noise Rock, as well as many other titles.
On February 2nd, 2017 he released his debut solo album, The Mentor Or The Charlatan. This album called on a wide range of musical influences including Frank Zappa, Neutral Milk Hotel, Fallout Boy, 12 Foot Ninja, Wavves, Father John Misty, The Beach Boys, and Gustav Holst. He produced the album entirely with a single SM57 microphone, and played every instrument in the upper floor of his parent’s house.
Tanner’s music typically features deeply introspective and meaningful lyrics, as he philosophically disagrees with the seemingly omnipresent escapism in modern music, and most artist’s increasing avoidance of giving lyrics anything that reflects vulnerability.
“Does it make your heart feel like it’s beating? Does it make your head feel like you’re someone else for a while? Well you’re not, so keep it down, we’re trying to sleep.”
“It gets so hard to follow your dreams when you do it alone”
“There used to be a little boy who would wake up every day & be himself and he didn’t care what he was to anyone else. He’s still inside there somewhere. Maybe he got evicted”
The difficulty of pursing your dreams and not conforming to the normalcy of what others expect and want from you is a recurring theme in lyrics throughout The Mentor Or The Charlatan. The nihilistic overtones of his hopelessness and existential despair, coupled with his incredible wit and goofy persona make for a surprisingly charming character that pours his heart out while laughing about it.
Following the release of his debut album, Tanner immediately began production on his second solo project, It’s Not What You Think which included the pre-released single Summer Liberation.
The EP is designed to sit within a certain Alien Summer aesthetic, and iss influenced heavily by The Garden, Wavves, Gorillaz, Bass Drum Of Death, and The Beach Boys.
It’s Not What You Think is currently in production, and is scheduled to be released during Summer 2017.
During his time producing these albums, Tanner lived in Springdale, Arkansas and worked with musicians Justin Collier, Carl Fike, and Logan Moseley in various different settings.
Tanner is a new, but experienced musician. He has been creating music with various bands, both cover and original, since he was 16. After learning how to record while attending Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, he decided to work out a cohesive way to create and record music by himself.
This resulted in the creation of his debut solo album, The Mentor Or The Charlatan. The album varies stylistically from song to song, and as such, Tanner calls on influences from many different Genres.
The song The Simian and The Rock starts off as a rave-like dance song, then into a voice remnant of a television announcer while James Brown inspired drums play under layered guitar solos, before finally resolving into a Black Flag and CAKE inspired punk song.
The song Distant Friendships is a minimalistic song with only ambient noises inspired by The Beatles, and vocals inspired by Father John misty.
The Mouth is made entirely with beatboxing and other noises produced by Tanner’s mouth, the track takes inspiration from Reggie Watts.
Bo Burnham Why Won’t You Be My Friend? is a B-side on The Mentor Or The Charlatan that takes inspiration from the music created by Bo Burnham the comedian. Humor is an important element in Tanner’s music, just like Burnham’s.
He’s seven years older than you.
How can I compete with that? He only talks to you when he wants you lying on your back.
I want to love you, but we both know I can’t do that.
Well was it liberating sweating all over the sheets where my memories will fade? Don’t think I’m letting my pain cause me to do the same. You seem to think I’m always this way. but I was checking. and now I guess I know the truth.