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EP launch for Echuca singer

Tyler Hudson is set to launch first EP, 12 months after performing on the television show The X Factor.

CHRIS RODDA June 27, 2014 3:01am

Tyler Hudson.

Social media savvy has pushed Tyler Hudson’s debut recording into the iTunes singer-songwriter top 10 on pre-orders before it is even released.

‘‘It was at eight this morning and I think it’s back to 10 now,’’ the Echuca singer said on Wednesday, a day after launching the six-track EP Beautiful Life online.

‘‘The singer-songwriter charts are your Ed Sheerans, Passenger, Angus and Julia Stonethe people that write and perform their own music,’’ Mr Hudson said.


‘‘I recorded it in Melbourne with a gentleman I met through X Factor (Daniel Kelart), another artist. He’s not affiliated with the show, but was a connection I made through the show.

‘‘He was another artist and we became friends and I found out he had a studio.

‘‘We just clicked very well ... He’s a very talented musician because you obviously love having talented people working on your project as well.’’

Mr Hudson said his experience on X Factor helped him build a profile.

‘‘It took me two years to get to 1000 likes on my Facebook page and then the night my audition aired on X Factor last year, I got 1000 likes that night and picked up another 1000ish through the course of the show,’’ he said.

‘‘I was freaking out that my promo had 10,000 views on YouTube and now my audition has 850,000 views.

‘‘It gets watched a couple of thousand times a week and I’ll get likes on my Facebook page from Italy and Brazil just because it’s out on YouTube and people just stumble across it.’’

A video for the single I Love Us launched on YouTube this week.

‘‘That was filmed locally here, down the Port, at Ceres and down by the river so really trying to showcase Echuca as well in the film clip and draw a bit of attention to just being a country boy out here,’’ the Texan expatriate said.


‘‘A lot of my stuff has a pretty country flair and those fans tend to be very loyal, country fans, because it is the real life experiences and the family man sort of stuff that people can attach to.’’

Mr Hudson’s release party, at the American Hotel on July 5, will be his first show with a bandMal Dunstan on bass, Rhys Leslie on drums and Pete Metzger on banjo.

‘‘We’ll do it in the afternoon because I find that kids, because they’ve seen me on TV, they’re always the ones that come down and dance around in front of me when I’m playing,’’ Mr Hudson said.

‘‘People that come, I don’t know what they’re gonna expect but they’re gonna get a very folk country vibe from my original stuff.’’

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