Los Angeles dweller Tyler Moore, creating under the moniker of ok, tyler, is an example of inner strength and unlimited creativity. Being a self-proclaimed “king of dad jokes”, Moore is a “curious” and fun individual, who loves skating and pizza. In fact, Moore’s charismatic personality is just as present in his music.
Having previously released two albums — Elephant in the Room and Violet — as capital., Tyler admits that ok, tyler feels like a more honest version of himself — he’s free, he lets himself make mistakes, he just “sings his heart out like he’s always wanted to.” And though the road to rediscovery hasn’t been easy, Tyler now knows himself “better than he ever has” and is excited to discover what’s next.
Tyler’s personal life is a story of survival and perseverance. The California-based singer has been battling mental illness for quite some time now. “I’ve come to the realization that my depression has been with me a lot of my life, just unnamed,” Tyler opens up about his struggles. “I’ve always wondered why I can be so high and then so incredibly low in a matter of seconds.”
Encouraged by his wife, Tyler started seeing a therapist, but he had to call it off after several unsuccessful appointments. “I’m still not sure if it was their style that didn’t mix well with me or if they just didn’t care, but it wasn’t the best experience,” Tyler explains. Fortunately, his journey to healing doesn’t end here.
Tyler found a great specialist about a year later after his depression came “creeping back” into his life like “a dad sneaking into the kitchen late at night to shamefully stress-chug chocolate milk.” The singer then reveals that every single session functions as a “character study”, which helps Tyler explore his emotional well-being and understand his feelings. “For me, therapy has helped tremendously in battling my depression and keeping my mental health. . . healthy.”
“You think you know yourself, but have you grabbed your shovel and headlamp so you can really dig into the deeper parts of yourself?” Tyler asks rhetorically, acknowledging the importance of taking the time to discover who you are.
In times like this, Tyler’s “trying to be mindful” of his internal and emotional “battery” as these days it “needs more time to recharge than normal.” He’s learnt that it’s completely alright to simply “veg out” while “playing video games, watching movies, reading, skateboarding” or even playing with his dogs, especially if that’s what he wants to do deep down in his heart. “Don’t be afraid to step away and work on yourself,” Tyler advises, mentioning that he hopes that everyone takes his words into consideration.
Tyler’s most recent track, ‘change clothes’ is “the horndog anthem of the summer.” Having produced all of his songs himself, Tyler continues doing so in this single, too. “I made the beat first and sat on it for about a week, noodling around with vocal melodies and hooks,” Tyler says. The singer admits that he’s always wanted to make a cheeky and flirtatious song. As he was waiting for his mind to start generating the lyrics, he decided to clear his head by scrolling on Twitter and quickly ended up “suffocated beneath hundreds of the horniest tweets” he’s ever read. “I realized that not everyone in quarantine is lucky enough to be locked up with their partner like I am,” Tyler continues. “That’s when the lyrics started pouring in.”
‘Play’ and ‘rich parents’ are two of Tyler’s biggest stand-out songs with the former of the duo exploring “income inequality” in the art world. Being a barista, Tyler meets plenty of people who can live off music without a side job. “I’m sure they’re cognizant of their blessing and privilege, but it’s hard to watch from my side of the counter,” he says.
According to Tyler, he wrote ‘rich parents’ so he could get rid of his “sourness” and so he called his best friend and co-writer, named Ryan. “I think my favorite part of this story is that the co-writer, Ryan, and I couldn’t stop laughing on the phone, because he is self-admittedly one of the most fortunate people on the planet with some of the richest parents and he wrote a good chunk of the chorus.” Granted, Tyler was hesitant to release the track as he thought it “wouldn’t be received well,” but, as Tyler observes, “if you’re not getting uncomfortable, you’re not really pushing the envelope, right?”
Tyler gets self-reflective later on, telling me that he’s extremely proud of his ability to “reflect on any current situation” that he finds himself in. “I’m fortunate enough to have the opportunity to go to therapy for my depression and that’s the strongest thing I’ve learned since going,” Tyler says. “There’s so much value in knowing yourself.”
“My worst trait is not realizing that my self-doubt is an issue that will come and go,” Tyler also admits, further exploring his mental health. “I cripple myself anytime something creative doesn’t go my way immediately.”
Tyler’s honest approach to life is one of the most beautiful and inspiring things about him. And even though he’s still at a war with his inner demons, he doesn’t give up and is working on keeping all the negative feelings under control. Tyler lets himself make mistakes — in fact, he’s trying to make as many of those as possible, because he’ll be able to learn from them eventually.