A snapped achilles tendon (ouch!) is almost working for Ben Taylor. “It’s good for being the studio,” he explained in a recent phone interview, “which I am pretty much always doing. It’s almost like being addicted to a video game — people have gotten so good at making recording equipment, it is like a game.” For Taylor, it’s a game that’s in the blood. The son of Carly Simon and James Taylor, he considered becoming a musician carefully. “I tried to find something to pour myself into career wise. I wanted to make something worthwhile and there just weren’t many things I could imagine” doing for the rest of his life. When he started, “it felt natural and good to be making creations of my own, even though it turns out music is something of a blue collar job.”
“I started a label just about the time that having a label started becoming challenging. The industry I grew up in is changing so radically,” but he’s learned that “content is king.” Which is why writing songs is so crucial. “I write songs about everything I see. There are more songs out there than I could possibly write.” His secret? “Honesty. Imagination is helpful, but you can’t be dishonest.”
Good advice for young writers, and he has just a bit more. “Record deals aren’t around. If you want to do this, you have to have talent.” You can hear Taylor’s talent in the tracks here, and keep up with Taylor as he plays this winter on his Facebook page and Twitter feed.
“House on Normany”
“Worlds Are Made of Paper”