Sydney pop-indie singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, David Taylor, is one of Australia’s most promising young artists. At 21 years young, David already has an impressive musical resume and it’s only about to grow as releases his new single, Battered – a track that, even before it’s released, has already been shortlisted for the 2019 Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition alongside other formidable nominees including Dean Lewis, Morgan Evans, Matt Corby, The Veronicas and more. David drops by to answer some questions about the single for Hi Fi Way.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of the single Battered?
The build up leading up to the release of Battered was exciting. Releasing this track on the back of Nervous was great because I had such an incredible response from the track and people were keen to hear more, so for people to be looking forward to Battered was really special.
Are you working towards an album?
I released my debut album ‘Thoughts Then Reality’ back in 2016 and it was an incredible experience. I’ve loved releasing these two stand alone singles this year, and we’ll have to wait and see what the future holds. But I have a whole catalogue of material that is constantly growing.
Was the process of making your single as challenging as you thought?
Luckily I’ve had plenty of experience in releasing music already, and I work with an incredible team which made the process effortless and enjoyable.
What was it like working with producer Peter Holz?
Peter has been a longtime collaborator and friend and it’s always amazing working with him. Peter and I wrote this song together in a day, and it was easy, everything just flowed nicely. This track was beautiful produced by Michael McGlynn and Cameron Nacson, who also made everything a dream.
Sonically, how would describe your music?
Songs with a message with a pop flair that has folk/country undertones
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
John Mayer hands down. He’s always inspired me musically and lyrically.
Best piece of advice you have been given so far?
Learn something new every day. I’m always striving to better my craft, and love learning new things to help improve it.
What is the David Taylor life story and when did you get in to music?
I’ve always been surrounded by music from a very young age, and always knew I’d end up on a stage and performing.
Are you looking to tour more broadly?
Definitely. I’ve loved touring Australia this year and I can’t wait to take it to a global scale.
What’s next for David Taylor?
I have heaps of new material and I’ve really found a sound I’m happy with, we have lots of things in the works, we’ll just have to wait and see.
Interview By Rob Lyon
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