We got to talk with Tyler Forrest. the front man for The Sacred Crows, an indie rock band based in North Hollywood, CA. in describing himself, he says “I am an obsessive songwriter, guitar and piano player originally from South Louisiana. The Scared Crows is my dream project”.
The Scared Crows is a collective and ongoing collaboration between musicians, artists, and fans. They are known for their cynical approach to song writing, often poking fun at popular culture. In this interview, we hope to endear you to what is one of the new voices of the LA Music Scene that is making heads spin in delight.
IPM: What inspired you to write music like you do
We write what we feel, what comes natural to us. When you put four musicians with distinct voices in a room, magic happens. Lyrically, there are infinite topics to write about. We don’t like being too political, but we like to offer strong themes that provoke thought. The instrumentation should always reflect the emotional quality of the lyrics.
IPM: Tell us about the other members of the band, and of your chemistry. Please enter all band members’ names, some of their traits and how you all work together.
They’re the most talented dudes I’ve met in LA. Andre Mohring is on drums. He’s the most musical drummer I’ve heard. He makes the drums sing. I really love listening to him play. He’s really great at listening to the other elements and his touch is so dynamic. He always plays what is right for the music as a whole. Adrian Hires is on bass. This kid is a prodigy with perfect pitch. When playing with Adrian, I never have to stress or slow down. He can pick up any progression instantly and follow along just by listening. I often ask him to take bass solos because it’s just so mesmerizing. The trio makes up our core, but we often jam with other musicians, such as Jeremy Smith. Jeremy is a classically trained pianist with such a beautiful voice. When he is in the mix, our sound is elevated and that much sweeter. The chemistry all around is amazing. It’s never a competition. Just about the collective sounds we produce.
IPM: What are or were some of the challenges for you in producing or performing while keeping true to your vision of your music.
Producing music continues to be a challenge. While we are all avid in music production, I believe it’s best to work with outside producers. When recording your own stuff, it’s tough to focus on performance. With a dedicated producer, we can focus on our instruments and expression. I also love working with producers because you’re adding a new voice to the project. I’m very selective in who we work with for that reason, and that’s where the challenges start to show. Unfortunately, we don’t have the big budgets that would allow us to work with the producers I feel would be a good fit. In the mean time we’ll keep sharing our demos and playing shows. If we stay true to our vision, the rest will come.
IPM: Tell us about some of your recent shows / performances- anything that stands out, or is there anything that you feel makes for an exciting highlight.
We put on a show at the legendary Rainbow Room on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood. This is a place where so many bands got their start throughout rock and roll history. It’s a little upstairs nook where you play on the floor. Such a funky vibe in that place. This was actually our debut as The Scared Crows. It was a wild time. Something we like to do after our set is open up the stage for jamming. It’s a great way to keep the music going while giving opportunities to other talent. After an hour of whaling guitars and dancing, I remember the whole place chanting Scared Crows. I responded by yelling into the mic, “open jam, open jam, open jam!” A few brave ones rushed the stage and musical magic happened til 2am. It was one of the most memorable nights of my life. Go check out the videos on our YouTube.
IPM: Any Albums coming out soon or shows you are looking to promote
We’ll be announcing our next LA show soon. It’s going to be a chill night, something different where we perform all songs from our softer, jazzy repertoire. As far as albums, I’m hoping to commercially produce and market our debut full length at the top of 2019, which is titled Electric Suicide. The songs are finished, some of the demos are up on Spotify. It really comes down to linking up with the right producer, which as stated earlier, is one of the many challenges. But, we have a few ideas and conversations going on at the moment. In the meantime check out the music video for “I Hope Your Phone Dies”. It was recorded in my apartment and we did the video with zero dollars.
IPM: Any “strange tales” or things that may have happened during a show that seemed too weird to be true?
Yeah, at the Rainbow Room show I mention above. We were just about to go on and my buddy pointed out a famous musician hanging out. Post Malone was at the show, casually hanging out for the night. Then during our jam, Bushwick Bill jumps on stage and starts freestyle rapping. It was pretty surreal having these notable musicians surrounding our night, vibing with us. It was amazing. Even though Post Malone is an international pop star, the sentiment of the night was very organic and relaxed. It was all about the music and everyone coming together to share an experience.
IPM: Where do you see your music going, where would you like to be in the near future, goals, dreams and passions?
I would like to see our music reach a global audience. I want to share it with everyone. I believe we have something fresh and honest and it seems to be effective amongst all walks of life. I hope to keep building the project to where The Scared Crows becomes a regular name in today’s music market. It’s not about being famous or having the most followers and we will always remain humble and rational. I just want to offer something to everyone while staying true to our vision and satisfying our taste. A song can challenge a person’s perspective or even change their life for the better. I hope to accomplish that.
IPM: What would you like our readers to know about you, Why do you think that they would enjoy your music / performances
Outside of music, I’m obsessed with photography and filmmaking. Storytelling in general. I have several movie and musical projects in the works that you will see come to life over the next couple years. I feel music so deeply and have been told I have a natural sense for audience energy and a special ability to connect with people through songs. I love sharing my songs and will never give a dishonest performance. I want you to feel what I feel, recorded or live.
IPM: Where can our readers find your music?
Start at our website: http://www.thescaredcrows.com .Or search The Scared Crows on your preferred streaming platform like Spotify or Apple Music. We have a couple clever music videos up on YouTube. If you want a deeper look into what we’re doing, give us a follow on Instagram.
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