Likes: my family, music, chess, good movies
Dislikes: laziness, peas, bad movies
Favorite Food: crab
Favorite Quote: “Comfort is the enemy of excellence.” – David Hooper
Taylor is an accomplished and passionate musician with skills in composition, performance, songwriting, teaching, arranging, production, orchestration, studio recording, music theory/analysis, and conducting. Taylor is well-versed in music genres, as a composer, producer, and pianist, including classical, blues, rock, pop, jazz, R&B, country, indie, orchestral, and choral. He has played the piano since 1996, as a soloist, accompanist, and with different groups, including Brigham Young University’s Jazz Ensemble. He has performed and entertained in many different venues and locations across the United States. Taylor graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Commercial Music from Brigham Young University. He currently works freelance as a composer, producer, performing pianist, arranger, orchestrator, accompanist, piano teacher, studio keyboardist, and songwriter.
ARTIST SERIES INTERVIEW
Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) of choice
Favorite Media Composers
Hans Zimmer, Howard Shore, James Horner, Alan Menken
Lord of the Rings, Gladiator, Field of Dreams, The Titanic
Discuss your personal creative workflow
I begin with a single melody line or a sequence of chords, and then build upon that. I am very meticulous with every note, and sometimes I have to rework sections over and over until they’re exactly the way I want them. This can often take a lot of time, which is why I work rather slowly as a composer.
Define you personal sound
I’m a very dramatic and passionate person, and that definitely influences my sound as a composer. I like creating epic, orchestral music with depth, drama, and dynamic variation. I love adding 2nds to chords, and I enjoy employing ornaments such as suspensions and appoggiaturas.
Outline your approach to scoring to picture
I watch the entire locked edit first, and then I start from the beginning and score the entire movie sequentially (I never skip around to different sections). Sometimes I will employ the use of the click track, and other times I’ll just wing it, letting my tempo ebb and flow with the pace of the movie.
Describe how you tackle a creative brief
I always ask the client for samples of music that possess the characteristics that he/she wants emulated in the track that I do. Do to the difficulty that non-musician directors experience in describing what they want in musical terms, I find that the sample music they choose is extremely beneficial.
Discuss the theme of your Artist Series album
The tile of my album is The Storm. It was inspired by the epic battles (both external and internal) of the characters in the fantasy series The Stormlight Archives. This music is meant to discuss some of the deep themes that emerge in war and conflict, such as as honor, betrayal, fear, and victory. My intention was to speak to the internal battles that we all face in our own souls throughout our lives.
Discuss gear that is important to your workflow
For hardware, I use a 2013 iMac (running High Sierra), two 8-inch Behringer monitors, an M-Audio Keystation88 midi controller, and a Scarlett 6i interface. The DAW I use is Logic Pro X, and the VI libraries I use are Omnisphere, EW Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra, and Spitfire Albion One.
Offer any advice to fellow artists
1) get feedback about your music from other people (especially those who are artistically articulate).
2) instead of going thousands of dollars into debt to upgrade your computer, monitors, VI libraries, or whatever else, save up for the upgrade, and in the meantime, just get really good at using what you already have.
3) don’t send a finished track to the client right after you’ve been working on it for many hours in a row. Give yourself a break (time to let your ears refresh), then come back to it later, make any final adjustments and send it off.