Last week I attended a virtual press conference for country artist Tyler Rich, and it was one of the coolest things I’ve ever gotten to do! I wrote an article for WHIP Radio (Temple’s radio station) about it as well, which you can check out here.
The press conference was held to promote his EP, Live At Home which came out last Friday. When I was offered the opportunity to attend, I immediately accepted. My eventual goal with PR is to become a publicist for musicians, so anything and everything music gets me ecstatic.
It was my first press conference, and ironically, I wasn’t on the PR side of it. Instead, I was more of a journalist, asking questions and taking notes to use in my eventual write-up about the event. My excitement turned into a bit of nervous energy leading up to and during the call, since I was joined by writers from magazines and other publications, podcast hosts, and a few representatives from Tyler Rich’s marketing team, who were ‘zooming’ from all over the country. But once I picked up on the atmosphere of the call--a conversation about music (which I am pretty used to thanks to the countless hours of artist interviews that I watch for enjoyment)--my apprehension faded.
I loved hearing the stories from when he was on tour, a few of which inspired songs on the EP. Not only did it make me long for the eventual return of concerts, but it also furthered my emotions and eagerness for my dream job: it reassured me that music is where I want to end up.
Now the part I’m sure you’ve been waiting for--what happened when I got to speak to Tyler Rich himself! First off, he is extremely nice and passionate about his music and all that surrounds it. My questions centered around how he decided to reveal his EP on social media. He’d revealed the tracklist on his Instagram through pictures of the song titles written on household objects to create the ‘at home’ theme. Of course, I had to ask him about his Tiktok as well, since he has been more active there lately. His favorite Tiktoks are those with animals, by the way.
In conclusion, I’m so appreciative that I was able to be a part of something so cool and I’m still buzzing with excitement from it. Also, check out Tyler Rich’s EP!
This blog post was written by Caitlin McGeehan, Digital Publications Editor