Aaron Taylor reveals the process behind the Better Days EP and what led to the creation of a quality musical project that has garnered attention from the likes of BBC Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac. Aaron Taylor is an example of a musician that is making waves based on the quality of his music while sticking to his respective values. Aaron Taylor has delivered an exemplary EP that touches on the many facets of life’s challenges and the gifts that come with it. Aaron is here to stay and lead the way in contemporary Rhythm and Blues.
How did your career in music really begin ?
I studied music and when I finished at uni, I went on to do some production and session playing for other artists. Earlier this year I released my debut EP Still Life which is what got the ball rolling for me personally. Still Life got me airplay and more so that’s what started everything.
What was the concept behind the ‘’Better Days EP’’ ?
Following Still Life, I felt things were better for me. I felt I was finally heading in the right direction and yet, I still wanted more and better. Also, socially it seems like better days are what we all need so that title seemed to some it all up: the good and the bad.
I wrote the songs over a couple of months and just spent time tweaking them sonically in the studio. I normally work on my ideas at home but this time around I had a dedicated room at a studio complex where I went a few times a week. I started it around February and finished it by July so it didn’t take too long.
Who did you work with on it?
It was self-produced and I wrote it all. My friend Matt Miller helped out with the artwork/photography but otherwise, it was just me working alone in my cave.
Did you play all the instruments yourselves or do you use samples and loops?
I demo everything myself normally and then I get my session musician friends to redo bass and guitar parts. I also called my trumpet, trombone and violin playing friends to redo the parts I’d played in with the keyboards.
What are your influences?
I grew up on gospel music, so that has a strong influence on my musical ear. But I also love neo-soul so people like D’Angelo and Musiq Soulchild. Also love the versatility that Pharrell has so he’s been an influence on me growing up too.