Aaron Lyrd is a man who overcame enormous adversity and has become a one man band writing and recording everything from guitar to percussion to vocals. He has a huge fan base on myspace and he is catching attention of promoters.
After contracting transverse myelitis in 2004, which causes swelling in the spine, and suffering a stroke from a blood clot, Aaron was paralyzed. Through determination and arduous work, he regained the use of his arm, and started writing poetry, which eventually led to music. In 2010 and Lyrd has quickly become a dramatic force in the alternative rock scene.
Who were your early music inspirations?
David Bowie, Matchbox 20, and, in part, The Beatles.
How would you classify your music?
Alternative, with some soft rock and punk mixed in.
Aaron Lyrd “Just Wasting Time” MP3:
You went thru so much with contracting transverse myelitis and the subsequent stroke, you are truly an inspiration. Tell me how it changed your life and influenced your music.
Going through having transverse myelitis and having a stroke made me rethink my life and realize the my minimal aspirations to work in a mail room for the P.A. state government needed to be improved as well as that I needed a true sense of direction in my life.
Tell me about your cds and new projects you have?
I’m currently working on three different albums, which were at different stages of completion when the two separate record labels that signed me got involved. First there’s two albums through Team Mash’N, a branch of Universal. They are titled Just Wasting Time and I Did It My Way. The second one is named after my single that is by far my best selling track right now. The third album is a self titled album, with 13 tracks that is being released a little later this year by Tate Music Group. I also have 9 Japanese animation or anime music videos that have been made entirely by the promotion company, Breaker Entertainment: http://www.myspace.com/breakerentertainment . Finally I have a poetry book that is coming out in October of 2012. It features all of my poems that were never made into songs.
What would you like people to get from your music?
I want them to go away feeling thoroughly entertained. In general, as long as they don’t try to use it as an excuse for violence, such as Helter Skelter or what Limp Bizkit’s song titled Break Stuff was at Woodstock ’99, I’m happy with people simply feeling entertained by my music. On a side note, I’m slowly becoming a big Beatles fan through regularly listening to their mp3’s whenever I go on long family road trips. In that regard, I mean them no disrespect to them and my song titled, Orange Ambition, had a very positive and strong Beatles influence.
What would you like to be doing 5 years from now?
I’m hoping for my two full length albums that are being released through Team Mash’N/Universal later this year to both go platinum once each. Otherwise, I would like to see myself still being happy and healthy by then.
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