FM RADIO’S SCHUYLER FISK AND TIM MYERS: AN INTERVIEW

fmradio-22010, Schuyler Fisk and Tim Myers had both made names for themselves in their respective fields. Fisk attained prominence as a folk singer, touring with Sheryl Crow and topping the itunes charts with her debut album, ‘The Good Stuff.’ Tim, meanwhile, came from a rock/indie background, penning multiple solo songs for TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy andPrivate Practice, in addition to his work as an original member of OneRepublic. Eventually, Fisk and Myers would find their way to each other, forming the titularly abbreviated FM Radio. Together, they’ve gained acclaim across multiple mediums, most recently with the inclusion of their single, “The Journey,” appearing in the major motion picture, Safe Haven.

What got you into playing, and what artists have had the greatest influence on your current sound?

FISK:  I started playing because I loved to sing. When I was about 14 I picked up one of my mom’s old guitars and she taught me a few chords. That’s when I started writing.  Mostly because I didn’t know how to play any other songs, but also because I had a lot of teen angst and that seemed to be a good outlet for me. Back then, I was listening to a lot of Bonnie Raitt (I was totally obsessed), the Beatles, and the Everly Brothers. I always loved harmonies and when my mom and I would sing together she’d harmonize to the songs I’d write. I always felt like that made the songs I was writing feel like “real songs”. Maybe that’s why I’m attracted to lots of harmonies in my writing now. But as for who has influenced my current sound, I think it’s a lot of different artists. My taste is pretty eclectic. Everyone from Sam Cooke and Patsy Cline to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Fleetwood Mac, The Lumineers, Patty Griffin, Ricki Lee Jones, The Band and Billie Holiday.

MYERS:  I started taking piano lessons really early on in life and always loved it but when I was in Jr. high (around 12) there was a rock band that was looking for a bass player that could be the lead singer. I played piano but didn’t know how to play bass so being an opportunist I said I could and begged my Dad to let me borrow his friends bass and I got in the band. That’s when I started writing songs, it was so much fun. Growing up I loved listening to my parents vinyl collection – The Beatles, Paul Simon, The Eagles, Bob Dylan, Hendrix, I remember hearing vinyl of The Beatles’ Sgt. Peppers over and over in our house and that blew my mind at an early age. When I became a teenager I was obsessed with Nirvana “Nevermind” Radiohead, Oasis, U2. Basically a lot of Grunge and Brit Rock.  I think with FM Radio we channel a lot of conjoined 60s and 70s folk influences:  Fleetwood Mac, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Dylan, Paul Simon, the Band, and The Beatles, we LOVE harmonies.

How did the two of you come to find each other?

FISK:  We were introduced to each other by a musician friend, Dave Basset, who we were both working with on different projects. Dave had Tim come in to play some piano on a track we were working on and that’s how we first met. Then Tim asked me to come sing on a recording for one of his songs. We loved the way our voices sounded together and decided we should get together to write together. And that’s how it all began.

MYERS:  We met thru our producer friend Dave Bassett! The moment Schuyler and I started working together it felt like pure magic. She is beyond talented as a vocalist and songwriter and our voices blend and fit together so perfectly it felt like a musical match made in heaven.

What about the other person intrigued you into collaborating?

FISK:  I am such a fan of Tim’s – as a writer, as an artist and as a person. He is so talented and versatile as a writer and open to “out of the box” ideas. He has a knack for catchy melodies and he is an incredible player (of all instruments), so he always has lots of great musical ideas too. There seems to be something magical when we collaborate. We are at ease with each other so we are able to relax and not be afraid to throw out stupid ideas. I feel like so much of a healthy writing environment is that sense of comfort. We fill in each other’s blanks. It’s always been that way. I feel like be both respect and trust each other as writers and as artists and that’s why it works. we push each other and that’s a good thing.

MYERS:  I think the first thing that caught me about Schuyler is her smooth, almost whispered voice. She has such a unique sound all to her self, a lot of people you can instantly point to who or what they sound like but there is simply NO ONE like Schuyler. Coupled with her guitar playing and writing ability not to mention she can act and do graphic art and God knows what else, she is the most talented female artist I know.

Much of your exposure, both together and separately, has come from your songs appearing in movies and on television. How does this differ from the kind of following that comes from other means, like Itunes or social networks?

FISK:  Having music featured in film and tv is an incredible way to introduce our music to new listeners because it lets them discover us in a sense. It’s a great way to reach people that otherwise wouldn’t be aware of our music. And also, because music is so powerful when paired with moving images (film/television), I feel like it connects with viewers on a deeper level than just hearing something on itunes.

MYERS:  I feel like we’ve been really blessed to have our music in Tv/film. It’s my favorite medium to see music, picture coupled with the right music can really pull the heart stings.  It’s no secret with radio anyone can pretty much buy those radio spots but with Tv/film it’s all about the song, the voices, and the music to get on a tv show or a movie. Through this medium I feel like the fans can discover us instead of us trying to discover fans.

T.J. Dempsey

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