The country-pop genre of music isn’t reserved for only Taylor Swift. Speaking of the Billboard princess, we got to chat with a 17-year-old with some very Swifty vibes, Tyler Matl. In fact, this Nashville, Tennessee, native told us Taylor Swift is probably his biggest inspiration. He loves playing guitar and singing, and he has a knack for writing lyrics that people can relate to. He is currently #4 on Nashville singer-songwriter charts and has over 100,000 YouTube views! Plus, he’s super sweet and down-to-earth!

Check out our EXCLUSIVE interview with Tyler above to hear him talk more about his sound and his Taylor Swift connection (he was in one of her music videos!). He also gives some great tips for making your singing dreams come true. Watch the music video for his current single, “Filthy Liar,” below, and look for his new EP, “Searching for Juliet,” this fall!

What do YOU think of Tyler Matl? Do you like his sound? Tell us in the comments and on Twitter!