"The 2016 AAF of the Midlands Member of the Year Award was presented to Tyler Matthews for his pro-bono work in creating the ADDY Palooza video. The Member of the Year Award recognizes an AAF of the Midlands’ member that exhibits the greatest commitment to the industry and the organization through committee involvement, time and resources invested, and their positive impact on the organization. Tyler’s video can be seen HERE.
"There's a bit of kismet involved with the fact that Exit 8, a long-gestating visual album arrived concurrently with the extreme hype surrounding the Netflix original series, Stranger Things. There's a distinctly 80s cinematic feel to both, and a fresh sense of revitalization and wonder to this certain palette of synths that both soundtracks use that feels warm and enveloping."
"We have been floored by Tyler Digital‘s work as of late. We’ve discussed specific tracks, gushed over the visual album, and now that we are almost at the finish line – Exit 8 officially drops August 26th. “Exit 8 is an album that channels the emotional range of a human fighting an inner battle between shreds of humanity and the darkest thoughts a person can have,” expands Tyler Digital. “In real life this would be a disturbing situation – so I like to describe the album as ‘Not Chill’.”
Interview: His influences range from Hans Zimmer to Led Zeppelin, and he hopes to one day be a soundtrack producer as influential as the likes of Zimmer. I asked Matthews more about his music and the local electronic scene in the following interview.
"Where others may eventually choose a path that aligns better with one or the other, Tyler Digital seems to thrive in this juxtaposition. And it was this that led us to want to talk to the producer. Matthews explained some about how he handles the different worlds he balances. He also spoke with us about the freedom with each he operates, the potential for a full-length feature, and the tracks he can’t wait for you to hear on the upcoming release."
"With its bouncy synth bass and dark pathos, the track could play under the opening credits of 80s action movie. Someone needs to get the music director of Beverly Hills Cop IV on the phone and tell them we have their new opening track."
"Exit 8 would be nothing without the soundtrack. That’s not to say that the 23-minute film/visual album, streaming since late last week on the YouTube channel of Columbia-based multimedia production hub and record label Post-Echo, isn’t well done. But it’s the lush, provocative and unsettling soundscapes from local electronic musician Tyler Digital (Tyler Matthews, who previously recorded as Academia_) that propel this ethereal brain teaser."