"I received the board. WOW! Mooer pedals are incredible! I now have a portable 30 Watt amplifier that I can bring around to fly dates! The stuff you guys make is amazing."
"In my opinion, the baby bomber with any preamp is definitely good enough and loud enough to be an amp for a full live show."
Tyler Drew Morris is a teenage guitar prodigy from the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. Tyler has played with various artists including Sammy Hagar, Vince Neil, Phil Collen, Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Rudy Sarzo, as well as many others in the local Boston Music Scene. Tyler has been on stage at the Hollywood House of Blues, Gibson Hollywood Showroom, Bethel Woods Woodstock Performance Center, The Cutting Room in Manhattan, BB King’s Blues Club in West Palm Beach, BB King’s Blues Club in New York, The Hard Rock Cafe Boston, as well as many other places in and around Boston. Tyler has recorded with Eddie Kramer at East West Studios in Hollywood, Waterville Studios, Taylor Barefoot Productions and Mad Oak Studios.
In January of 2015, Tyler released his debut album, “And So It Begins”, which was featured in Guitar Player Magazine, Vintage Guitar Magazine, Heavy Riff Magazine in Mexico, Gitar Plus Magazine in Asia, Metal to Infinity and Korea Guitar as well as many other online Magazines and media outlets. Tyler currently performs in the local Boston area 3-5 times a week. Tyler demonstrates for Dean Guitars, REVV amps and Fishman Electronics. Tyler was one of the winners of the Guitar Gods 2016 Competition and was selected to perform alongside Yngwie Malmsteen, Rudy Sarzo, Nicko McBrian, Gus G., Zakk Wylde, Marty Friedman and many others at the Guitar Gods Festival and The Axes and Anchors Cruise.
In June 2016, Tyler released his second album, “The Chaos Continues”, which was featured in Vintage Guitar Magazine among other notable publications. In the Summer of 2016, Tyler began work on his 3rd album, which is produced by the legendary Paul Nelson (Johnny Winter).
Welcome aboard, Tyler!
Social Media: facebook.com/TylerMorrisOfficial/, YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Tyler5150ful website: www.tylerdmorris.com
What are you working on now?
Currently, I am working on my 3rd album. This album is a Blues album that is produced by Grammy award winner producer, Paul Nelson. Additionally, this album features a wide variety of guests including some Johnny Winters band members and the legendary bluesman, Joe Louis Walker! Next year I will be performing in support of this release. Currently, I am also performing shows with my solo band as well as with The James Montgomery Blues Band and members of The J. Geils Band.
What is your musical background and influences?
I am influenced by a wide range of musical genres and musicians. Some of my favorite guitar players are Eddie Van Halen, Freddie King, George Benson, Ritchie Blackmore, Eric Clapton, Albert King, Brad Whitford and Jimmy Hendrix. Additionally, a lot of my songwriting influence comes from my favorite singers such as Steven Tyler, Steve Perry and George Benson. My father originally got me interested in music at an early age (around 4 years old) and I took up guitar at the age of 10. I began practicing for 6-8 hours a day and have been ever since. I began performing live at the age of 12, when I performed with B.B. King's backing band at The B.B. King Blues Club in West Palm Beach, FL.
What is the role of education in music?
I have formal music education and have the knowledge of music theory, however, I often find that the theory distracts and hinders melodic playing. My approach is much more based on learning melodies, phrasing and solo ideas from my favorite players and ultimately building my musical vocabulary. Additionally, I am an Electrical and Computer Engineering student at WPI and use my electronic skills to design and build many pieces of equipment that I use live.
How do you feel about the current ‘state of the music industry’?
I haves mixed opinions about the Music Industry in its current state. While the lessening of record label prevalence in the industry has allowed musicians the ability to release music on their own time period and take more musical risks that an A&R rep might normally find unappealing for record sales, the top pop artists today are still record label dominated. While guys like Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Paul Nelson and Johnny Lang have been able to break through the "pop dominated" industry, their music is unfortunately not heard on the top 40. This is something that I strive to change with my own music.
Why do you use Mooer Pedals?
I perform out of state many times a year and it is always a challenge to guarantee a reliable back line rig. My good friend Tracii Guns first introduced me to Mooer pedals when we were on the Axes and Anchors Cruise last year. Once the new preamps and Baby Bomb Power Amp came out, I knew that I needed to have a Mooer rig for my fly dates. Upon receiving the pedals, I was blown away by how accurate they sound to real tube amps. So real sounding, in fact, that I will be using them in many of my upcoming shows in leu of carrying around a heavy amplifier. I am sure that it won't be long until I get more Mooer products. You can't beat them for sound, quality and size.