London based Taylor, has been djing for many years on the London circuit, with sets at the likes of Pacha London, Ministry of Sound, The Egg & Lightbox, as well as guest appearances abroad, which include Czech Republic, Greece, Poland & Ibiza.
Taylor recently scored Top Ten success on Beatport’s House Chart, with fellow Londoners Tough Love, with their track ‘In My Way’ [OFF Recordings] and also gained number 1 spot on Ministry of Sound Radio official House Chart.
Following this, Taylor was keen to get back in the studio, working on material for Get Twisted Records, KMS Records, which is run by the legendary Kevin Saunderson, and giveaway ‘Old Skool Rave’ inspired EP via his Citizen Funk blog entitled ‘Fantazia’.
Taylor has new material in the pipelines, you can expect two tracks he produced with DJames to appear on UK based Love Not Money Records, which has been home to talents such as Amine Edge & DANCE, Hot Since 82 & Tapesh.
Mini Mix Tracklist:
1.DJames & Taylor — Ease My Mind [Love Not Money Records]
2. Taylor — Hysteria [Citizen Funk]
3. Stonez Ft. Cherie Jones — Blind Folds (Taylor ‘Lost In Detroit’ Remix) [KMS Records]
4. Tough Love & Taylor — In My Way [OFF Recordings]
London based DJ/Producer Taylor, has a prolific year, with releases on Steve Bug’s mighty Poker Flat Recordings, as well as KMS Records, Get Twisted Records, Love Not Money & Whartone Records. We caught up with Taylor fresh from playing in Stockholm, Sweden for a quick chat…
When & how did your journey as a DJ/Producer begin? Well I started collecting records from a young age, my family was always into playing music at any given opportunity, so after a few years a had a good ear for all kinds of music and built up a solid selection of tunes, but it was around the time when I was at College, I started to taking the DJing a bit more seriously and got some basic belt drive decks. My love for clubbing really stepped up too around this time, which lead to me buying loads of vinyl from BlackMarket Records, Uptown Records & HMV in Oxford Street, so that how it began for me, with the production side of things coming much later, I’ve always been of a DJ first, but I do like the production side of things too.
Tell us about your production setup. What piece of gear couldn’t you live without? I know its a pretty boring answer, but I have to say my MacBook Pro, it my life, from production, to music library, to doing my emails and updating my social media outlets.
Favourite gig you’ve played at in 2014 & why? I’ve had a few fun gigs this year, but I to say my recent gig in Stockholm, Sweden was pretty cool, I love how the people over there wanna party hard till the very end, also the sound system in Solidaritet club is amazing, it was set up by DJ’s thats why.
What DJs/Producers do you rate at the moment? I rate at the moment Bicep, Flashmob, Tiga, Loco Dice & Midland.
Out of all the tunes you have, which one never fails? ‘Upon Burning Skies’ By Sable Sheep, timeless tribal house at its finest.
Biggest tune of the summer? Forget — Patrick Topping, simple but very effective grooves.
Best release of the year so far? Silicon by Danny Daze, is one hell of tune, love it.
How do you like to spend your time when your not doing all of the above? When time permits, I really like eating out and catching up with close friends, I also like doing a little bit of vinyl shopping at places like Phonica in Soho, you find some great limited edition records there, and visits to art/photography galleries is a must for me too.
Where do you go/what do you do to get inspired? I tend to watch plenty of documentaries, mainly about music, as well as art and fashion. I also get inspired watching movies, I love film, and I buy a lot of magazines and books too. Oh yeah going to Fabric night club on Saturday when I’m not too busy.
If you could be anywhere in the world right now where would you be? I do love London, its home for me, but I have a soft spot for the island of Mauritius, good people and lovely sunshine.
What can we expect from you in 2015? Well I’m gonna be working a joint project with a close DJ friend of mine, can’t say who yet, then get down to some new Taylor material too. Working on trips back to perform in Stockholm again, plans are in the works to play in Berlin and my home town of London.
Finally, what advice would you give to up and coming DJs/Producers? Really Enjoy the good moments, and keep going in the tough moments.