Taylo’s music is a combination of R&B, soulful trap and hip hop, with a distinctive British sound. He’s just released ‘Go Time’, accompanied by a video featuring Lamborghinis racing BMWs, and choreography by Ivan Blackstock. We caught up with Taylo to chat about the track, and his Dancers’ Network aimed at improving conditions for the dance community on a national level.
My music speaks to a wide audience and has the ability to relate to people on a personal level.
First up, tell us about yourself - what got you into music?
I got in to music listening to my parents playing classic vinyls from James Brown to Ella Fitzgerald, then in another room I had my old brothers mixing on Technics 1210s
Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from?
The artists which inspired me most are from a mix of different genres, from Michael Jackson, Cold Play, Drake, James Blake, Bruno Mars, Usher, Chris Brown, Travis Scott, Skepta, H.E.R, Kendrick Lamar, Bryson Tiller and Post Malone.
Also being a music producer/songwriter I found inspiration from Quincy Jones, Hit-Boy, Wow Jones, Timberland, Nukiyo, Rick Rubin, Ron Allan, Mark Ronson, Daft Punk and Calvin Harris.
How would you describe your musical style?
My music is so vast that I do not think I belong to one specific genre. I think that for the time being I am a R&B and hip-hop artist. However, as more tracks will be released, my audience will be able to see other genres emerge.
I would describe myself as a risk taker in the music industry because I have self-belief in creating opportunities from nothing and believing in my sound sonically. I push boundaries by setting the bar high for myself. My music speaks to a wide audience and has the ability to relate to people on a personal level.
Taylo gave birth from my original full artist name Taylormade as my life is pretty much Taylormade from my music, fashion and artistic vision as an artist. I always found my self creating a chilled, Tailored environment.
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
Kendrick Lamar because he really brings his vision to life as a live performer on screen and on stage, his incredible raw talent blows me away and his independent attitude as an artist being in such a difficult industry. He still stayed true to who is as a recording artist, remaining humble with a positive attitude in today’s society.
Tell us about your single ‘Go Time’. What’s it about?
‘Go Time’ was created on my mother’s kitchen counter with just a keyboard, my laptop and only my Beats headphones. As I was producing this single I had Fast and Furious on the TV in front of me to inspire this track. But in reality, ‘Go Time’ is all about chasing your dreams no matter what.
When did you write it and where did you record it?
I wrote and recorded this song in my home town London, UK.
How does ‘Go Time’ represent your style?
‘Go Time’ represents my style in many ways. It’s a 808 hook-filled track with a combination of R&B, soulful trap and hip-hop, meshed perfectly with my distinctive British sound. This vibe will definitely get the festival crowds jumping and going crazy for sure.
What are your hopes for ‘Go Time’?
My hopes for ‘Go Time’ is to inspire a generation to pursue there dreams no matter what industry they are in as long as they go for it.
Can you tell us about your Dancers’ Network initiative?
I have close relations with dancers around the world and choreographers where we help each other out by telling each other about auditions for commercials and music videos.
How’s 2020 looking?
Fans can expect both touring and appearances in the near future. Stay tuned and follow @tayloworld to be the first to know.
Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
The piece of advice would be to be patient and really take time when creating anything artistic, never rush anything as its quality over quantity.
Watch the video for ‘Go Time’ on YouTube below. For news and tour dates go to Taylo’s Facebook page.