Tyler Traband is a multi-instrumentalist, film & TV composer and singer/songwriter. His music can be heard underscoring riveting documentaries, adventure films and some of the most iconic commercials to date. His music spans genres, while maintaining the real emotional consistency of a writer with a strong hand reminiscent of a forgotten era in making music.
I am a very lucky guy. I have had more fun and freedom, while fighting the “artist” fight than anyone I have ever known, and am just damn happy to be able to call myself a full-time musician. I love what I do.
International audiences will soon be able to hear Tyler’s music in the IMAX film Chasing Ghost Particle: From the South Pole to the Edge of the Universe. Set deep in the ice at the heart of Antarctica, the film explains the science of Neutrinos: tiny, elusive particles used to explore the insides of exploding stars, black holes and the very nature of our universe.
In the world of advertising, Tyler has written and performed music for top brands including: Citgo, Bon-Ton, Coca-Cola, Masterlock, Scheels, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Public Television, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Simplicity, Kohler, Buell Motorcycles–a division of Harley Davidson, MTV and many more. He has been trusted time and again with large budgets and is always ready for a new challenge.
“Love Songs Hate Songs”
Tyler recently released his sixth album, “Love Songs Hate Songs“. The 14-track album was recorded, engineered and produced by Tyler at his state of the art studio, and showcases his depth as a writer and performer. The album is reminiscent of live recordings by Stevie Wonder, Sting, and Peter Gabriel. His band has performed across the Midwest over the last ten years, and has been featured at Summerfest, Chicago’s infamous Elbow Room and Midpoint International Music Festival. His songs are available for streaming on Spotify, and his latest three releases are internationally available on iTunes and Amazon as well as other online retailers. He has been nominated for 17 Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards, receiving his ninth nod in 2013 for the best keyboardist in the state.
Tyler’s Background & Influences
Organic sounds, real musicians, and real instruments inspire Tyler’s music. He strives to include a human element in all of his work, performing as much as he can to ensure an emotional connection is translated to the listener. He utilizes every tool available to him to best serve the picture, always striving to imbue his work with “realness.”
Although he formally trained, Tyler’s musical education came primarily by performing constantly and by writing original music, whether for his albums, or for TV and Radio. His father, an accomplished reed player, introduced him to music at a very young age. Seminal influences include the work of Carl Stalling, Mozart, Alexandre Desplat, Hans Zimmer, Vince Guaraldi, Peter Gabriel, Beatles, U2, Stevie Wonder and the scores to Star Wars, The Incredibles, Chariots of Fire, and Harold and Maude.
When not writing music and performing, Tyler enjoys spending time with his family and exploring the world through astronomy, paleontology, fly fishing and the natural world.