Rawley Taylor is an Englishman from the Depths of Devonshire who made touchdown in Sweden and makes his music on Gotland - an island out in the Baltic. After a long sabbatical from all things musical he dusted off his
guitar and started playing again. Nowadays all of the stuff is 100% RT from start to finish. He pumps his music across the waves hoping someone out there is listening. Is it country music you ask? Perhaps not what you expect – but the country banner is wide and boundaries are made to be stretched! Rawley Taylor has three albums out there - “The Golden Ring and Other Stories” “A Touch Of Colour” and best of the bunch “The Country Variations”. While he is working on album number 4, Rawley took time to share his career with us.
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
I call the music Country for lack of anything better. Some don't think it's Country at all. The music contains elements of Pop, Jazz, Folk music and some Rock. Definitely no yodelling though - at least not yet! I'm always open for giving new sounds a try and some of them rub off on me.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
Added the letter Y to my grandfather's surname Rawle and have always used it since the days when I tried my hand at writing short stories. My surname is Taylor and the two run well together!
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
What hasn't? I get something from nearly everything I hear. Deep down inside I have always loved the melancholic sounds of old Folk music and Bluegrass. Over the years they have often been pushed into the background by Pop, Blues and Jazz but I think they are still hanging around somewhere inside my head.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
Two more tracks to go and the next album will be complete. Hopefully during the first half of 2018.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
I want people to listen and perhaps even find that they like what I'm turning out. I have had some positive feedback and that gives me the encouragement I need to carry on writing and recording. I'm doing it because I enjoy it!
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
My standard "party piece" is "Old Fashioned Morphine" by Jolie Holland. I often get asked to play it! Just me and a guitar. I make it a bit more tough and bluesy than the original recording...
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
The words always come first. Sometimes all at once and sometimes over a few days. Then I have to find a tune for them and think out what to do with it all.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Hard to say. I don't promote myself much on Facebook or Twitter although Facebook has provided an outlet for some links and news. If Reverbnation is counted as social media I do submit to various opportunities that they send out.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Listening to some jazz and blues artists. Also playing John Martyn, Van Morrison, Bo Kaspers Orkester and First Aid Kit.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I've been playing off and on since I was 15. Music has never been a full-time thing. To stay alive I've had jobs!!
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Believe in what you are doing. If your heart is in it it will turn out well!
How Do You Feel About Originality?
Sometimes I wonder if there is such a thing as originality. When listening to new music I often hear reflections of other compositions and performances. We all want to be original but I wonder if any of us are? So much music around that it's hard to avoid contamination!!
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