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Multiple award winning producer/engineer/songwriter David j Taylor releases 15th studio album November 1st 2011
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HUGE BREAKING NEWS! Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis' NFB Short Film "Wild Life" has just been nominated for the "Best Animated Short Film" Oscar at the 2012 Academy Awards (David recorded/edtied foley fx for the film)... Massive congrats to the film makers and the NFB!!
Goodbye Hazel is David's 15th album release as a solo artist and with various groups since the early 1990s and is David's first solo release since 2006's "Don't throw it Away" and 2005's "This Town". "I was running at an album a year pace from '94 to '06 with constant touring, media promotions, tv/radio appearances and the like. I was always producing records for others all the while, alongside audio post work in TV/Film as Music Supervisor and Re-Recording Mixer and saw my production/engineering career take off some much so after winning the WCMA Producer of the Year award in 2007 that I no longer had the time or energy to really go after my own music as such for a time. It was really the making of the album with Jay Semko (of Northern Pikes fame) and Kim Fontaine in 09/10 and subsequent promotion/touring of that SFT album that led me to get the itch to get back on the horse... so to speak," says Taylor. "In 2011 I applied for funding to make a new album and received a Rawlco Radio 10K20 grant alongside and FACTOR demo award. With their generous support I was able to full-release this album," says Taylor... beaming with excitement! "I just can't wait for people to hear my music again... it's been awhile".
CD release concerts in Western Canada, Eastern Canada in the United States to come early 2012
2011 saw David step outside of the recording studio and back into the limelight. His recent album release with Saskatchewan Super-Group, Semko, Fontaine, Taylor "Heartaches and Numbers" (released Nov 2010 on Busted Flat Records/Universal Music) saw the group perform at The South by Southwest Music Festival (SXSW) in Austin Texas in March. In May of 2011 David was commissioned by SaskTel to write a new pep song for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. David enlisted Moose Jaw singer-songwriter Megan Nash (an artist whose album David also produced in '11) to co-write what would become "Ride On" (Note: David will be playing during the 99th Grey Cup Celebrations in Vancouver in Megan Nash's band November 2011).
David spent the majority of the 2000s live looping with a line6 DL4 pedal (a la Imogen Heap). David continues this in live performance and is thus able to present his songs with 3 part vocal harmonies, beat boxing, guitar, bass, rhodes keyboards etc.
"It just feels like the right time to get back out there," says Taylor. "I mean, don't get me wrong, in my career I've produced albums for tonnes of great artists (over 90 career productions) and I'm so thankful with how my career has panned out. Out of respect for their creative processes I've had to silence my "inner songwriter/artist" as it were. I've also lead this double life as an audio post professional as a Music Supervisor, Composer, Re-Record Mixer, Foley Artist and a myriad of other creative things. All that work in audio has had a tendency to leave me feeling creatively spent, but then along came Semko, Fontaine Taylor and a chance to play music for the sake of music again. Now, as I'm about to hit 40, I've found this cool artistic balance. I own a farm, have a great gig in Regina at Twisted Pair Productions, have a life partner and have my feet firmly planted on the ground. As I hold this master recording in my hands, so to speak I just can't wait for everyone out there to hear these songs and be like "that producer guy is a SONGWRITER too?".
Work began on the album in March 2011 as David brought in drummer Charles Dumont (Emm Gryner, Codie Prevost) to play the kit and brought out best friend and musical touring mate from the early 2000s Jasmine Whenham as production consultant. David recorded bed/basic tracks for 14 songs at Twisted Pair over a few day period and then, simply took all of the material back to his farm/studio and set out to record everything by himself, with occasional "hey, what do you think of this" mp3 laiden emails sent off to both Jasmine and his partner Russ for their input. By the summer David had cut 3 songs down and was left with 11....
David is just back from having spoken on the SAC demo critique panel at WCMAs in Whitehorse Oct 20-23 with Steve Dawson, Velma Barkwell, Greig Nori and Blair Packham... great new music heard... the future is sound!
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David j Taylor is a highly prolific Canadian Recording Artist and award winning Record Producer/Engineer. David grew up in Calgary Alberta and began songwriting at age 12. He moved to Vancouver BC in 1990, where he recorded his first 10song album "Graphic Profile", a self-produced effort that David wrote/recorded/engineer and mixed on a 4-track tape recorder. Realizing he had a new-found love David decided to pursue a career as a record producer/engineer and began work at the world renowned "Greenhouse Studio" (kd Lang, Nicklebank, 54-40) in 1994 after a few years of freelancing. That same year David founded the Vancouver Ska-Pop-Punk outfit "Big Cookie". The band would go on to tour Western Canada over 20 times in the 90s, releasing 4 studio albums and 2 music videos in that period. David also began performing as a side-man in the industry/hardcore/folk outfit "Biffy Perdu" in 1999 and did 2 tours.
In 2000 David and his partner moved to Regina Saskatchewan where he continued producing records and began work as an audio post engineer/music supervisor in Saskatchewan's growing film and television industry. He founded the Regina rock outfit "Dollar Store Mary" in 2001 and released 2 albums 01-04. He also performed as a side-man in the Regina rock outfit "Whyte" at this time. David then moved on to play with the outfit "Generals and Majors" from 2003-2006, the group released 1 album. As a solo artist, he continued through the 2000s his torrid pace and released 6 solo studio albums. Through the 2000s David also continued touring, seeing him hit the road a further 8 times, and seeing David perform for the first time east of Winnipeg (he played in Montreal in 2005). In 2006, David began flirting with Kim Fontaine and Jay Semko in a number of capacities. The 3 "Amigos" finally got together in 2010 and made a full-length album as the new trio "Semko, Fontaine, Taylor", what stood to be David's 14 studio album release... until now.
Alongside being a very prolific Singer-Songwriter and Recording/Touring Artist, David is also a very highly regarded music industry professional. He is an award winning Record Producer/Engineer/Mixer (Western Canadian Music Awards Producer of the Year '07 Winner, nominee '08) (Geoff Berner, Ultimate Power Duo, Despistado, Smokekiller, Megan Nash), multiple award nominated Re-Recording Mixer/Sound Designer/Foley Artist/Composer and Music Supervisor (6 time Gemini Award Nominee [Canadian Emmy], Showcase Award Nominee) (Corner Gas, The Saskatchewan River Delta Documentary Film, Surveillance [feature film by Jen/David Lynch], renegadepress.com) and sought after panelist/educator, having spoken at SXSW, WCMAs, Breakout West, Prairie Music Week, and at the Universities of Saskatchewan and Regina. David has been an adjudicator for the Juno Awards (Canadian Grammys) 3 times and a judge for the Western Canadian Music Awards 5 times.
15 album releases 1990-2011
Over 30 Western Canadian Tours 1994-Current with: Big Cookie, Biffy Perdu, Dave Taylor, Semko Fontaine Taylor
2007 Western Canadian Music Awards "Producer of the Year" Winner and 2008 WMCA Producer of the Year Nominee
Has toured with" nomeansno guitarist Tom Holliston, Dave Lang, Jasmine Whenham, Geoff Berner, Michelle Boudreau, Kim Fontaine
Has shared stages with: limblifter, The New Pornographers, Men Without Hats, Odetta, Danny Michel, The Northern Pikes, Jen Lane
Mainstage performance at Regina Folk Music Festival
Headliner performance Smithers Music Festival 1998
David has Performed live on VTV, CiTR, CTV, CBC TV/Radio, CKUA, MuchMusic.
David has seen songs he has written or co-written placed in sync with Kyle XY (ABC Family), Degrassi The Next Generation (CTV), Stoked and the feature film "Surveillance" by Jennifer Lynch (Producer David Lynch).
4 Saskatchewan Flatland Music Festival Main Stage Performances 2000-2005
Side-man performance with Juno Award Winner Cara Luft, 2008 WCMAs
Side-man performance with Kim Fontaine SXSW 2008
SXSW performance with Semko Fonatine Taylor 2011
3 Time Juno Award adjudicator, 5 Time WCMA Judge, Gemini Award adjudicator, Yorkton Short Film Festival Judge and past Factor Super Jury Participant
Record Producer: Over 100 album projects Notables: Geoff Berner "Light Enough to Travel", Despistado "The Emergency Response", Megan Nash "Tough Love", Smokekiller "13", Sylvie "I wish I was driving", Ultimate Power Duo "We're in Control Now", The Rebellion "Time", Speed Control "FAB"
Audio Post (as foley recording, music supervisor, re-record mixer): 6 Gemini Award Nominations for Best Sound Notables: Corner Gas, Betrayed, Saskatchewan River Delta (re-record Mixer), Prairie Giant "The Tommy Douglas Story, The Englishman's Boy, renegadepress.com, Wild Life (National Film Board Animated Short - Foley Recordist)
1990 Dave Taylor "Graphic Profile"
1994 Big Cookie "Just Baked"
1995 Big Cookie "Log Hop"
1996 Big Cookie "Golden Hips"
1998 Big Cookie "Clean"
2000 Dave Taylor "I'm Pretty"
2000 Dollar Store Mary "For your listening pleasure"
2001 Dave Taylor "I'm Still Pretty"
2002 Dollar Store Mary "Self Titled"
2003 Dave Taylor "My Aren't you pretty"
2004 Generals and Majors "Self Titled"
2004 Dave Taylor "Taylor Made"
2005 David j Taylor "This Town"
2006 David j Taylor "Don't throw it away"
2009 Semko Fontaine Taylor "Heartaches and Numbers"
2011 David j Taylor "Goodbye Hazel"
http://radio3.cbc.ca/bands/David-j-Taylor (songs from 93-07)
http://www.myspace.com/davidjtaylorproducerSee MoreCurrent Locationhttp://www.facebook.com/davidjtaylormusicGeneral Managerhttp://www.youtube.com/davidjtaylormusic (NEW MUSIC!!)Influences"Goodbye Hazel" Full Album Credits:
This album recording was made possible with the generous support of The Rawlco Radio 10K20 Program
Produced/Engineered/Mixed by David j Taylor
Basic Tracks Recorded at Twisted Pair Productions Regina, SK March 2011
All Overdubs/Final Mix @ Hazelwood Farm Milestone, SK
Mastered by Dave Horrocks @ Infinite Wave Calgary, AB
Production Consultant/Moral Barometer/Emergency Phone Call Saviour: Jasmine Whenham
All Drums: Charles Dumont
David j performed all guitars, bass, keyboard and vocals on all tracks *except backup vocals by Jasmine Wheham on "Day after Day"*
All songs written by David j Taylor except where noted *
Thanks to: Hazel Krueger, Jasmine Whenham, Charles Dumont, Lyn Besse McGinnis, Badfinger, everyone at Twisted Pair, My family, Russ Danielson
2 Never Too Late *co-written with Jen Lane, John Antoniuk
3 Be With You
4 It's Over Now
5 Day After Day *written by Peter Ham
7 Liar Liar
9 Time and Circumstance *written By Lyn McGinnis
10 Goodbye Hazel
12 Liar Liar Radio Edit
Copyright 2011 David j Taylor SOCANBand Interestsdjt sites:
http://radio3.cbc.ca/bands/David-j-Taylor (catalogue songs 94-11)