7 Minutes in Heaven with: Slowriter
Bio: Slowriter is the music of Bryan Taylor. Bryan spent 2008-2010 touring and recording with The Chariot. He released his first album, “What Keeps Me Sane” in 2009 while still touring with The Chariot. After he left The Chariot in 2010, he went into the studio with Ryan Boesch (Foo Fighters, Eels) to record the latest Slowriter EP. In 2011, Slowriter became a live band adding Nick Taft, John Cable, Matt Karoglou, and Phil Hawkins. With a full band and projection for each show, Slowriter is constantly working on improving the live show. They will be heading out on a southeastern tour in November. Visit the band’s website www.slowriter.net for more information.
1. Where are you from and how long have you been making music?
I was born in Atlanta and have always lived in Georgia. I’ve been making music for about 10 years. Starting with a Blink 182 cover band. I played in a “hardcore/metal” band in high school called The Rein. After high school I joined The Chariot. I toured and recorded with them for 2 years. I left in may of 2010. Now I am Slowriter.
2. Describe your sound in 5 words:
happy, joy, groove, mellow, chill
3. Who would you list as your top 3 musical influences?
in no order:
Empire of the Sun – Everything about this band has been a huge inspiration to me. I drove to New York last year from Atlanta to see them. They have a pretty brilliant live show and their singer has been a big influence on the way i sing.
Kanye West – A genius in some ways…. I just think he makes some of the most entertaining music to listen to.
The Flaming Lips – The overall happiness and good vibes that The Flaming Lips give off is something I really tried to achieve with my newest EP.
4. If you were to choose one song from your most recent release to share with our readers, what would it be and why?
I would choose the song ‘Black Leaves’. Because I feel like it best represents Slowriter and has a music video. Black Leaves is part of a 3-song series about war. This one is from the perspective of an army that is invading an island.
5. What were your 5 favorite albums of 2010?
Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
The Chariot – Long Live
Broken Bells – Broken Bells
Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
Big Boi – Sir Luscious Left Foot
6. Name a band that we might not have heard of yet but we should definitely check out?
Have you heard Empire of the Sun?? or New Animal
7. What’s been the most exciting thing about 2011 for you so far and what do you have to look forward to?
All of 2011 has been exciting. We have just started doing live shows and we’ve been working hard to do anything we can to improve. We’re doing a small 2 week south eastern tour in November. We’re really excited about that.