Tyler Welsh of Driver Friendly: Spoken like a True Austinite
No stranger to Austin, TX and all its oddities, is Hopeless Records signee, Driver Friendly, who also just had a great showing at this years SXSW festivities.
Taking their friendship and garage performances a step further and adding in some dedication and loyal fans, the goofball duo took the big step and moved to the Live Music Capital of the World (Austin, TX, duh). If you’ve never heard of Driver Friendly, you’ve probably been sitting under a rock. Chosen as one of MTV Buzzworthy’s “30 Criminally Good Artists We Couldn’t Stop Obsessing over in 2013” as well as being featured on NPR Music’s “Austin 100” this year, the electrifying duo is blowing up well beyond the week at SXSW.
We took a few minutes with Tyler Welsh to ask some of our typically weird questions just for you:
Man Cave Daily: How was SXSW? This wasn’t your first rodeo, was it?
Tyler Welsh: We are ancient veterans of SXSW with this being our 10th year of playing the festivities. In fact, we were voted Champions of SXSW this past year, unanimously. Our favorite part of SXSW is pretending like we are huge international rock stars and walking into really exclusive VIP parties. (Note — we are not huge international rock stars.)
MCD: If you were stranded on a deserted island, and there randomly happened to be a TV (with cable) but you could only watch the exact same show FOREVER, what would it be?
TW: Hmmm, excellent question. It’s a tossup between The Sopranos or Breaking Bad, both of which are excellent. But, I’m going to go with The OC. I could watch Sandy Cohen smear cream cheese on a bagel for eternity.
MCD: SPAM sandwiches?
TW: Why not? I mean YOLO, right?
MCD: Best venue to play — a large arena with thousands and thousands of screaming fans, or a small stage at a backyard bar?
TW: Obviously both are enticing. In fact we threw a SXSW party this year on a small stage we built in a backyard and it was awesome. But a large arena with thousands and thousands of fans is the goal we have been dreaming about since we were kids. One place we are dying to play one day is Stubb’s. Our favorite stage at home is probably the inside stage there, and one day we hope to step foot on the main one.
MCD: One sentence to describe yourself?
TW: A modern-day Ryan Gosling.
MCD: A sentence others would describe you as (when you’re not around of course)?
TW: Extremely loud and incredibly close.
MCD: Hangover cure?
Tyler: I personally have never had one. But my bandmates tell me three ibuprofen and a glass of water before you fall asleep and Gatorade and a cup of coffee in the morning. Or just start drinking again!
MCD: If I were to look at your recent Google history, what’s the most embarrassing thing we’d see?
TW: Actual query I sent: Are dried cranberries actually healthy?
MCD: Are you Catholic? Did you give up anything for Lent?
TW: I’m not Catholic, but if I was I would give up Lent for Lent.
MCD: Have you ever gone to a movie alone?
TW: I actually watched the Green Lantern movie starring Ryan Reynolds by myself in a theater. It was disappointing in more ways than one.
MCD: If your band could be on any of the late night talk shows, which one would be the cream of the crop?
TW: David Letterman because we have grown up watching bands play Letterman, but Jimmy Fallon because he is the realness. Oh and Conan would be amazing. Honestly any would be great, can we make that happen?
MCD:Is it harder to please a wife/girlfriend or your band members?
TW: Being in a band is like having five other girlfriends, so it’s almost a tie.
MCD: The town’s slogan “Keep Austin Weird” — what do you think that means?
TW: It used to mean that Austin was a unique, funky place where eclectic folks of all sorts and sizes lived. Now it is a slogan slapped on the back of a t-shirt a Californian buys as he moves into a downtown condo.
MCD:What do you miss the most when you’re on the road for weeks or months at a time?
TW: In no particular order 1) solid wifi connection 2) significant others 3) private toilets
MCD: Skinny jeans — yay or nay?
Tyler: Is this even a question? It’s not the ’90s! JNCOs and flared boot cuts are out! Skinny jeans forever!
MCD: Best advice for a single girl?
TW: God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs. Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth.
Jayme Lamm is a freelance sports and travel writer based in Houston and is currently in a full-court press writing her hugely opinionated sports column, The Blonde Side. Follow her travels for sporting events and check her out on Twitter.
Jayme interviewed a couple divisions’ worth of cheerleaders, like she did in J-E-T-S: B-R-I-E!.