The Bad Dreamers provides an opportunity for Schuler to explore a more personal approach to his music, and initially served as a means of creating a soundtrack for his short film project, The Offer. The Bad Dreamers ultimately evolved into a standalone effort, and Schuler began earning notoriety through a series of successful singles and a popular collaboration with Timecop1983 on the song “Back to You.”
In 2018, Schuler released The Bad Dreamers’ first full-length album, Songs About People Including Myself, and the recording quickly connected with a synthwave fan base looking for fresh approaches to the genre.
In addition to praise from fans, the album racked up critical accolades upon its release: NewRetroWave named The Bad Dreamers number one on their list of the Top 10 Newcomers of 2018, and Iron Skullet placed Songs About People Including Myself in the top spot on the Top 10 Popwave Albums of 2018. The recording even earned a rare 95 / 100 in Iron Skullet’s full review.