He’s the Kiwi musician the Gold Coast has claimed as their own and for good reason, Tyler Vivian is a dream.
His next-level talents (vocals and guitar) have soothed our souls for the last five years and so, we’re never giving him back.
We sat down for a chat with Tyler about his band signing with Universal Music and his recent balcony serenades for the people of Palm Beach.
How long have you been a Gold Coast local?
Foive years m8 (Aussie accent).
What do you love most about living here?
I love how it’s very easy to call home within the sense of my surroundings. I feel an attachment to the beauty that lies within the cracks of the Goldie. Walk bush or down some alley way and you’ll find the gems.
Tell us how you came to be a musician?
At first, I became a musician because I’m competitive. When I found my true best friends in high school, they weren’t trying to jump the furthest or run the fastest, they were learning Metallica, so naturally I wanted that for myself.
Your band The Riot was just signed to Universal Music, what’s the plan from there for you?
Spread love, spread chaos.
How has the current state of affairs affected your music?
Time. I only want to use my time wisely through all this. When your job is to play music to drunks that only want to hear Wonderwall 96 times in a row, the last thing you want to do when you get home is write something intellectual.
From where do you find inspiration for your work?
Red wine and jogging.
Talk to us about a few of your favourites artists…
I just love anything that has the purpose of being something nobody has heard before.
You’ve been performing a few sets on Instagram Live from your balcony over the past few weeks, why did you decide to do that?
I wanted to give something to anyone in need of some connection.
What’s the plan for the rest of 2020?
I don’t really plan, I just continue to do what I love.
Tell us your favourites on the Coast:
Cafe for breakfast: Paddock Bakery
Coffee spot: Nook on Burleigh Hill
Restaurant for dinner: Zab Isan Thai in Burleigh by myself with a duck curry and a bottle of wine. Oh and MONEY BAGS, fuck I love money bags.
How does your weekend usually look: I can’t usually see but when I can I’m holding as much composure as possible on stage at Nightjar, 16 Fireball shots deep.