Senior Kyler Daron will be one of four acts taking the stage at the 2015 Rock Showcase Saturday night.
The music business major has played classical guitar since he was 8 years old and began writing his own songs at 15.
He draws from popular singer-songwriters such as Noah Gundersen and Ben Howard in his writing, but he is often inspired by visual media as well.
“This music combines sincere vocal delivery with intricate and cinematic instrumentation. Most of the time I aim to convey some kind of feeling or emotion that a scene from a film or TV show might,” Daron said.
Daron will be joined onstage by Tyler Moody on keys, Perry Lines on harmonies, Connor Wilson on drums, Tim Kampen on cello, Ryan Hartman on guitars and Jeff Wood on bass.
Scheduling practice time for seven students can be difficult, but the group has been practicing for several weeks despite the timing issues.
“We have a garage with a PA and hanging string lights where we typically practice. One of our largest challenges in preparing has been getting everyone together at the same time,” Daron said. “Every member of the band is involved in a lot of other musical pursuits, and our schedules have been pretty conflicting. We’ve made it work though. We feel ready.”
The band will perform alongside fellow Belmont musicians Forest Fire Gospel Choir, Pineapple Tours and Ivory Coast, and Darron hopes to be set apart by the unity of the songs he has chosen.
“We would love for people to pick up on the energy of these songs and appreciate the individual parts that bring everything together. We’ve got a great cover in store that we can’t wait to share,” Daron said.
The Rock Showcase will be held Saturday in the Curb Event Center at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
This article was written by John Masserini and Riley Wallace. Photo by Sam Frawley.