At the tail end of July we featured an EP from Two Meters. Two Meters is an EP that crushes the soul upon first listen and makes sure to open the wounds for every listen after that. It was a beautifully haunting, heart wrenching project that really helped you feel similar emotions that Tyler felt during the recording process, and will certainly remain one of the standout records for me this year.
That’s why I’m pleased to have an interview with him! Yep, take a gander through very honest, wholesome answers from Tyler and enjoy.
Hey Two Meters, how’s it going? Hey Adam! Full honesty, I’m fairly stressed right now, haha. My girlfriend and I are scrambling to find a new apartment before my lease ends and I’ve been job hunting. But! We’re alive and happy together and I’m making music, so things aren’t all bad.
First of all, what got you into Music? As a fan? My sister, Sarah. She’s four years older than me and as a young kid so much of what I listened to was based off her. Once I got to college, free time was my biggest inspiration. One semester in particular I had the goal to listen to seven new albums each day. I really defined my current tastes during that time period.
You’ve recently released your debut EP Two Meters. What can you tell us about it? I first started recording for the EP in the summer of 2017. Web was the first song I recorded that ended up on the final EP. That fall I had ten songs finished and was basically minutes away from sharing them with the world, when I got in contact with the label Very Jazzed. We talked for a while and decided to cut it down to the best songs and polish them up a bit. During this process I recorded the song Trapped Inside and we decided to include that. Basically from there it was a waiting game to the the release date, which I found agonizing.
It’s an EP that’s beautiful in execution, but tears at the heartstrings. Was it hard to return to these themes and emotions during the recording process? I’ll use Left Behind to answer this one, but the experience was pretty universal overall. At first when writing and putting the music together, it was fairly hard. It was essentially picking at a wound and not letting it heal. Then there came a time when working on the song became its own entity and the emotions separated. Things came back around full circle eventually. Partly because I felt guilty for the detachment, but mostly because hearing the full finished product was an emotionally cathartic experience.
Did you find it easy to open up and provide lyricism that revelled in brutal honesty? That’s a good question. It was easy in the sense that I thought it was important to create the most open and authentic music possible, so that meant being as honest with my lyrics as I could.
Was the EP always intended to be quite as heavy-hearted as it was? Should we expect any future material to be loaded with similar emotions? I don’t think I set out in the beginning with a particular goal or mood in mind. I just happen to enjoy and write music that is emotional. I recorded things pretty sporadically and when they all came together, it was clear the EP would be pretty somber. I think it’s pretty safe to say my future music will be similar in tone. I don’t see myself writing upbeat synth pop any time soon, but who knows.
What’s next for Two Meters? As of now I’m currently writing and recording new stuff. I have about three songs I’m currently happy with and a few more that I’m messing around with. There a couple songs from those original ten in 2017 that I’d like to revisit. I’m also making live versions so I could do some touring. I’ve been working through anxiety and panic attack issues with a therapist so that I’ll feel comfortable performing.
Finally, if you could close out this interview with one final thought, what would it be? To close things out, I’d like to express gratitude. To the people like you who have taken an interest in my music. It truly means the world. To put something out there that is so close to my heart and have it resonate with people, it’s a great feeling.