At only 17 years old, Toronto native Tyler Medieros has already done some big things. The cousin of fellow international breakout stars Shawn Desman and Danny Fernandes, Medeiros found music at a very young age, releasing his first songs at only 15. Receiving positive responses, he kept recording and his first official single, “Say I Love You (Please Don’t Go)” (feat. Lil Twist) was a smash hit with fans, and attracted the attention of pop/rap superstar Flo Rida, who signed him to his new label, International Music Group.

With his songs charting on MuchMusic and Family Channel, Medeiros kept busy on a huge arena tour with Flo Rida and Pitbull, and became the face of Family Channel’s Anti-Bullying Awareness Week. And he’s not stopping anytime soon.

“Growing up I always had a passion for music,” he says. “I’m going to keep making my music for my amazing fans… I haven’t even seen half the world yet. Still so much to do.”

  • Martina: “If someone was going to start in this music, I’d say write from the heart and bring some soul.”
  • Dan: “I’d start with writing a really good song, because nothing happens without that.”
  • Dan: “Get it remixed: There are literally hundreds of remixes of Dragonette songs, and that really helps proliferate your sound.”
  • Dan’s recommended plug-ins and software: Ableton Live, Logic Audio, Softsense, Battery, Addictive Drums, Omnisphere, Trillium, and Apollo. “And get the most powerful computer you can afford to run all this shit.”

  •  Need to reach a publisher? Just call or e-mail them. “I’m very easily contacted that way,” says Shawn Marino.
  • What are they looking for from a songwriter, aside from great songs? “That slightly entrepreneurial side of things, where they’re self –motivated, and always looking for opportunities themselves,” says Dave Quilico.
  •  What characteristic should you possess, beside an indefatigable work ethic? A positive attitude. “[A positive] attitude is extremely important,” says Mark Jowett. “If you’re a writer who gets down after being rejected once or twice, you’ll never make it.”