Introducing Aaron Taylor
We recently caught up with London based Aaron Taylor - Influenced by funk, gospel and soul, his sound has been praised for it's authenticity. You can license and listen to more Aaron Taylor here.
"I'm happy to be part of a growing movement of musicians taking control..."
When and Why did you start with music?: I grew up on gospel music, learning to play by ear in church. I studied music throughout school and at university and decided that I wanted to put out some music of my own last year. Thankfully the response has been positive thus far.
Who were your biggest influences in art and music?: I listened to a lot of Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway growing up, as well as neo soul artists like Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott and D'Angelo. At the moment I'm listening to Anderson .Paak.
How does it feel being part of the independent music scene?: I'm happy to be part of a growing movement of musicians taking control. That's not to say that I wouldn't sign with a label in the future but it's great to do what you want, when and how you want to and not wait for label recognition.
What's been your career highlights to date?: Getting tastemaker support, hearing my songs on BBC Radio 1 and having a global sync with Apple. Also getting featured on blogs I typically admire.
What would be your dream collaboration and why?: At the moment it's NAO. I really like what she's doing for UK R&B and the funk she adds to it.
Do you perform live, or do you prefer the studio?: I prefer the studio. I enjoy the process and the craft of writing and making something that will last.
What's the story behind your releases Better Days and Still Life?: Still Life was my debut EP and a collection of songs that I really enjoyed making. I was in a frustrated place music industry wise and I just uploaded it to Soundcloud with no expectations. Better Days was the follow up which explored a bit more how I was feeling but also a reflection of what we were seeing happening socially.
What's next for you? Future plans?: I'm finishing up a new EP which I'm quite excited about. I'm happy with it's direction. Hopefully it will get a good response and I'll take it from there!
You can find more from Aaron Taylor over at northnote.com