Sunday, October 5, 2014

Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler updates solo album plans

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler shared an update on plans for his debut solo album, a project that’s been in the works for some time.

“I’m going down to Nashville [in] January, February, March, April to write and see what we get,” Tyler revealed during a video Q&A with Twitter Music at Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco this past week. “You know, doing an album is kind of like panning for gold. You get so much sand and dirt until you find a little nugget and you work on the nugget. I always go backwards, you know? ‘Living on the Edge,’ why? Or ‘Janie’s Got a Gun,’ why? Who’s Janie? And then it works. You fill in the blanks.”

“I grew up with the Everly Brothers,” Tyler continued. "So even ‘Cryin”s got a little [sings with an exaggerated twang] “There was a time when I was brokenhearted.” It started like that — of course I had to do it Aerosmith-ish, which was more rocked out — but there’s a piece of me that just loves country so much. And I’m not sure what kind of country that is, but it’s got the fifth harmony, and anyone who knows who the Everly Brothers is — it’s those kinds of melodies that are just so, so good.”

In 2011, Tyler released a single, “(It) Feels So Good”, which debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 at No. 35, the highest charting song by any member of Aerosmith since 2001's "Jaded".

Last fall, the singer said he was in talks with Rick Rubin to produce his solo debut.

Tyler first revealed his solo plans in June 2013, telling Rolling Stone, “I had a lot of fun doing [the 2011 solo single] ‘(It) Feels So Good’…I wrote that with Marti Frederiksen. I've got this itch in me to do a solo record, and that's what I'm gonna do next. I've got some great people that want to get involved in it. It's early on right now, but that's the itch I got. I got that itch to do something that's a lot different than Aerosmith. Aerosmith's never been better, but we did that album [2012’s ‘Music From Another Dimension’].”

“This last album was an Aerosmith all-for-one-and-one-for-all,” he continued. “But my heart is in stuff like that weirder, off-the-cuff stuff that I'm not sure Aerosmith would like. I'm into electronica – I was when I used to listen to Stockhausen in '65. So there's just a lot of stuff – good, weird music that I want to get off my chest.”

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