Interview: Ljubov Dzuzhynska
Photo: David Everly
“There is a Japanese term: Mono no aware. It means basically, the sad beauty of seeing time pass – the aching awareness of impermanence. These are the days that we will return to one day in the future only in memories.”
The Midnight consists of:
Tyler Lyle (a songwriter from the Deep South)
Tim McEwan (a producer from Denmark)
How would you define your art and its aesthetic to someone who is not yet familiar with it?
Tyler: Rock n Roll w synthesizers and emotions.
Tim: Songwriting seen through the prism of nostalgia.
What excites you the most in what you do? What makes your sky explode?
Tyler: turning a blank page and silence into something that connects two humans together.
Tim: Creating a world for the music to exist in. Trying to convey a feeling.
What interests you outside of music?
Tyler: Family; yard work; fine whiskey; stories; architecture; creative psychology; building fires.
Tim: Tending to all the other senses.
What do you like and dislike the most about each other?
Tyler: We’re so different. I’d like to think we cover each other’s blind spots.
Tim: We’re constantly learning from each other, which makes our relationship that much richer and creatively fulfilling.
What is one thing about you that would surprise us?
Tyler: I use Tarot cards every morning as part of my creative practice.
Tim: I shave with an old fashioned razor and brush. Soap and aftershave and everything.
What are your plans and hopes for this year?
Tyler: Build a fence for my house. Record some songs in my basement.
Tim: Lots of touring and new music.
What is the most beautiful word for you?
Tyler: Laissez faire.
Tim: Saudade. It’s Portuguese It means a feeling of longing, melancholy, and nostalgia. A deep but happy kind of sadness.
If you had to choose between music and sex, what would you choose?
Tim: SEXY MUSIC.
What about the best gig you attended as a viewer?
Tyler: Woven Hand at The Drunken Unicorn in Atlanta- 2006.
Tim: James Taylor live about 15 years ago in Copenhagen. The A team: Larry Goldings, Michael Landau, Steve Gadd. Insane lineup. Steve Gadd also happens to be one of my favourite drummers.
If you could travel in time where would you go and why?
Tyler: I’d go a hundred years in the future and check on the great grand-kids.
Tim: Childhood. It was a simpler time back then.
If you had the chance to switch genders for 24 hours, what would you do with that time?
Tyler: Record all the duets I’ve written.
Tim: Make a list of all the crap women have to take from men who think they know better.
Tell us some funny or awkward stories from your time with The Midnight.
Tim: Once I didn’t have a shirt to wear at a show in Denver so I wore one of our own “Kids” merch shirts. It was very comfortable!
What have you learned through The Midnight on a personal and professional level?
Tyler: The big question is not ‘what is the meaning of life?’ But instead ‘what is the meaning of people? I work for my teammates. Creativity is important, but people are more.
Tim: Always stay curious. Always keep growing. The journey is never-ending
Tyler, what is the most important thing your child has taught you?
Tyler: How to get over myself. Also, how important time and space is.
What film would you recommend and why?
Tyler: Wild Tales – 2014; it’s really artful parables about a world without empathy and how dangerous that is.
Tim: “People Like Us” from 2012. It’s a small movie about family.
Do you have any favorite music videos?
Tyler: The Last Waltz by The Band.
Tim: End of Innocence by Don Henley comes to mind.
What’s the wisest thing you’ve heard?
Tyler: ““`”If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you” – the Nag Hammadi Library.
Tim: “Follow your bliss” – Joseph Campbell.
What do you think really matters at the end of life?
Tyler: Family. Character. That you learned how to transform self-love into empathy. That you didn’t waste too much time on the wrong story.
Tim: I don’t believe there is such a thing as death. We’re all eternal energy.
What question would you want to be asked at an interview and what would your answer be?
Tyler: What my Pac Man high score is. What is my Pac Man high score? – Higher than yours.
Tim: What’s your fav pizza? – Pepperoni.