We had the good fortune of connecting with Tyler Gaston and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tyler, how do you think about risk?
I strongly believe that success doesn’t happen without taking a risk in some way and as cliche as the saying is, “big risks equals big rewards”. Before I completely dove into producing music wholeheartedly I was an exceptional athlete. I spent years dedicating my time towards a future in the NFL; every summer, winter, spring break was dedicated to getting bigger, stronger, and faster convincing myself that it was the necessary dedication to relieve myself from the financial hardships my family faced growing up. Thus, I often placed my passion for producing in the background. Though football grew distasteful, I went as far as the NFL draft and even rookie camp with the San Diego chargers before suddenly quitting it all for a career in music. I had no plan, I had no job, only a talent I had been suppressing for “the idea” of success and financial freedom. Now here I am today completely living off of music with no regrets except not trusting God and following my heart sooner, no matter how risky, ill-advised, or unassuring it may seem. That big climatic risk, and the many risks that came after taught me that as long as your heart, mind, and soul are devoted to your decisions, the universe will always make sense of it in time.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My career in music started in my bedroom at 13yrs old, where I began buying scraps of studio equipment off of a $30/week income working at my church. I studied, trained, practiced making my own music for years until I trusted myself to produce, engineer and write songs for other people. It was not easy by any means but, loving what I was doing made time fly by. I outworked my challenges and my creativity lasted longer than my calamity and I believe that it shows in my personality and my way of thinking. When people work with “Gas” as a producer I want them to feel the difference between someone who’s producing or engineering for profit and someone who’s producing and or engineering with an effort to make them a better artist and to make good music! That’s the long lasting effect of The Gas Station brand.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I’m being quite honest, I’m a home-body; stage-3 hermit crab. However, if this person was my friend and we shared interest we would grab food at Hamburger Hut and spend a night making the music people party to.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My Mother Lakesha Washington
Facebook: Tyler Gaston (Gas)
@SianDinero Brandi Stark