After years of an international troubadour lifestyle, David Taylor has returned home to the Gold Coast and formed what he describes as a heavy folk monster band. He’s joined forces with Nick Stewart and Geoff Green from ARIA award winning band George. With Crick Boue on bass and gifted multi-instrumentalist Scott French also on board, Taylor has honed his sound and style and offers a uniquely theatrical live performance.
He hung 5 with Blank, ahead of his show at Miami Marketta earlier this month.
Tell us about the best gig you’ve ever played?
For the release of our debut album Warmer we toured with a string quartet that lay such a cosy blanket over our sound. We had Dave McCormack (Custard) opening for us and revving up the crowds. The Gold Coast show at The Arts Centre was definitely the best. Capacity crowd, great sound and the band was on fire.
If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?
Music is not a competition, nor should it be portrayed as one.
Television shows that are shaping this perception of music to the younger generation should come with labels like tobacco products.
If it’s music that turns you on, grab a gig guide.
What are your thoughts on the GC music scene?
I love it! It’s amazing and full of wonderful characters and don’t let anyone tell you differently.
Don’t get me wrong, a few more venues would be great, and it can be hard to draw people out sometimes. But there are truly inspiring artists, venues, organisers and music appreciators that keep this city rolling.
What’s your most vivid musical memory?
My Uncle was the singer for The Screaming Tribesmen that were this huge cult Brisbane band in the late 80s. Early on when they started and played our local venue I was just a kid. I climbed on the roof and could see and hear them playing through the huge fan vents. It was electrifying and made we want to be a singer.
What’s the one piece of advice you’d give an aspiring musician?
Music is such a unique journey for everyone… so no advice. Just a little passing smile of recognition and encouragement. It can be so powerful.