Q&A: Brooke Taylor

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Q&A: Brooke Taylor


Define your genre in five words or less:
Acoustic, Poppy, Bluesy, Grunty, La-la-la.

How long have you been gigging and writing?
Gigging: I’ve been gigging for about 6 years(ish). Writing: Well, I remember writing a song when I was on grade 3 camp, but if that isn’t considered ‘legit’, then I’d say about 10 years. Funnily enough, when I got the guitar the writing came along with it.

What has been your favourite gig you’ve played to date?
I lived in Leeds for about a year and a half in 2007. I made a lot of great friends and it was a really tight knit, loving bunch of musos. My last gig there was as the opener for the annual ‘dirty hippie fest’ where everyone was playing; it really warmed my heart.

Which band would you most like to have a battle/showdown with?
Physically? Like fisty cuffs? M-People. I can’t put my finger on it but I fucking hate M-People.

What inspires or has influenced your music the most?
I think it’s really inspiring as a writer/performer to create songs that are honest. The audience really connect with you, and there’s something really liberating and inspiring about vulnerability and the lack of bullshit. From a writing perspective, my top three would be The Black Keys, KT Tunstall and anything Jack White’s ever been affiliated with. Boom.

Do you have any record releases to date? What? Where can I get it?
I released my EP in the first week of January this year. Yay! At this point, you can only get it off me, but I’m working on the whole iTunes thing. Watch this space.

Why should everyone come and see your band?
[Thinks]…I put on a good show? The music’s good (pretty much everyone can relate to it and it’s inoffensive), and I’m told I look like I belong on a stage. I feel like I belong on a stage. I’m comfy and into it, so people get comfy and into it by association, and all is well for all involved. Go team.