Tyler Hutton is a drummer for 3 bands: Big John Bates, Closer, and The Pit. He currently lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada – where all 3 bands are based. Tyler began playing drums when he was 18 years old. He had taken a few years of piano lessons in elementary school, and a year of guitar lessons in senior high. But when he got a drum set for Christmas the year after graduating high school, his life was forever changed. His twin brother Trevor had been playing guitar for several years and the two formed The Pit with their friend Scott on bass in 2005. With many influences, including stoner rock, grunge, punk, and heavy metal, the band began to chisel out a sound that combined elements of all these genres. In summer of 2010, the band relocated to Vancouver, stepping into a bigger music scene to progress toward their musical potential. Scott left the band in 2012 but Tyler and Trevor continue to play as a 2 piece. In 2013, Tyler and his brother started another band called Closer, with a noise-rock and heavy alternative influences. Both the Pit and Closer are well known in the local Vancouver scene, and both bands play mainly in BC and on the west coast.
At the start of 2015, Tyler was asked to join Big John Bates, an established touring band that describes their sound as Noirchestra – blend of Americana Noire and Symphonic Rock n’ Roll. He has been a full time member since, and he toured Europe and North America with them last year. The Europe tour saw them play 26 shows in Germany, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland. The North American Tour included 21 shows through Canada and the northern United States. They have plans for another European Tour at the end of 2016.
Tyler credits several drummers for influencing his style and sound. Growing up listening to grunge, Tyler lists Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl as his earliest influence. Other influences include Danny Carey of Tool, Brandt Bjork of Kyuss, and Dale Crover of The Melvins. His style is very heavy hitting with unique rhythms, sometimes described as tribal. When drumming with The Pit and Closer, he goes for a heavier hitting style and plays high-energy live shows. His style with Big John Bates is adapted to a more symphonic style – using tympani and lacking hi-hats. The band is also known to have a high-energy live show, involving Tyler playing a metal grinder on the drums in the middle of a song, which sends sparks flying. Regardless of the band, Tyler loves to play drums for people and loves to play a style that is entertaining to watch.