Neil Taylor

Guitar Rock/Pop/Contemporary

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I have been a session guitarist for the past 30 years and have played guitars for Tears For Fears on ’Songs From The Big Chair’ & ‘Sowing The Seeds Of Love’; Tina Turner ’Steamy Windows’; Morrissey ’The Last Of The Famous International Playboys’ & was in Robbie Williams band for 10 years playing guitars on ‘Sing While Your Winning’ & Escapology’

I would call myself a creative Rock/Pop/Contemporary Guitarist. I have my own style of playing I enjoy composing guitar parts & melodic solos.
I also mix, play Bass & sing. More recently I have branched out on my own & have released five solo albums to date & now working on number 6 for release in the USA..

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

32 Reviews - 9 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Grant
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    Neil breathed new life to one of my song we recorded some time ago.

  2. Review by Grant
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    Neil takes your song to a next level. Literally!
    True professional. Highly recommend him!

  3. Review by Josef F.
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    Fast response, great work...perfect job. Thanks Neil !

  4. Review by ChrisH
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    An incredibly talented guitarist. Top, top, top, top! I'm already looking forward to the next project with him. It was truly an honor for me!

  5. Review by Cloe
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    Neil is great. Good communication and fast turnaround. He also got great sense of musicality. Highly recommended.

  6. Review by Mark R.
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    super fast, super professional, and immense talent! Sincerely hope to work with Neil again!

  7. Review by Vladimir A.
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    It is Neil's guitar sound that make the song sound magical! Lucky to work with Neil!

  8. Review by Vladimir A.
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    It's a great honour to work with Neil! Amazing experience and collaboration. Looking forward for more!

  9. Review by Vladimir A.
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    Neil is a genius, a master! I'm proud and lucky to to get a chance to work with Neil!

  10. Review by Craig M.
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    This was my first experience working w/ Neil and I couldn't possibly be more pleased. He understood exactly what I wanted and delivered beyond my expectations. Nothing but a pleasure!

  11. Review by Jonathan V.
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    Another great experience working with Neil, he provided great sounding and performed guitar tracks, giving me what I asked for and more to choose from. Very highly recommended.

  12. Review by Jonathan V.
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    Neil is a super nice guy and its an honor to have him play one of my tracks. The song had some challenging bits and Neil came up with some great parts throughout. Not to mention a great solo. Highly recommended!

  13. Review by Ryan S.
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    Neil is awesome! He always manages to bring out the best in a song!

  14. Review by Kitt W.
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    It's on thing to be a brilliant musician, but Neil showed me another side on this project. Complete class act. He was willing to make changes due to how picky I was being on this one. He nailed it and made me feel welcome to make the changes. The end product was exactly as I needed. Thanks Neil!

  15. Review by Ryan S.
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    Neil is awesome!

  16. Review by Kitt W.
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    I'm always fortunate to have Neil as a go-to guitarist. He's always a quick turnaround, professional, very talented and very creative in his approach. He adds an additional dimension to my music as well. Which is greatly needed. Thanks for everything you do Neil!

  17. Review by Kitt W.
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    I'm so lucky to have found Neil. He's recorded a few tunes already and every song has turned out great. He gives me choices and adds flair every time. This helps me put more color in my songs and a fresh perspective. I wasn't a big fan of this recent song that I wrote. But he brought it back to life. THANK YOU NEIL

  18. Review by Kitt W.
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    I've been using Neil on various projects and it's my goal to always use him. He's creative, writing songs within songs and adding great flavor and color to my music. I can't stress how rare of a talent that Neil is and he's extremely humble and kind to work with. I couldn't be more pleased.

  19. Review by Richard S.
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    Neil is da bomb! He is an amazing guitarist/musician/artist and… legend. If you want your song(s) elevated, Neil’s your guy. He just makes them sound so right. Without knowing it, Neil has now become my guitarist – he’s just that good.
    I will be returning to him with many more tracks. Also, his turnaround is super quick. And to top it all off, Neil is a super nice guy to boot. Thank you, Neil.

  20. Review by Zolton
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    Neil is a guitar legend. You only have to hear his seminal lead and rhythm work with Tears for Fears, amongst many others, to recognise this. He got hold of my song - a very 80s pop inspired production - and took it all to the next level with sublime rhythm playing and a suitably melodic but snarling solo. I can't state how highly I rate his playing. What's more, he's a very nice fellow as well. Will be back for more Neil magic on my next song.

Interview with Neil Taylor

  1. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  2. A: Recording & mixing my fifth solo album. I'm loving the whole process from start to finish.

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  4. A: This is a hard question..Digital has made life so much easier & quicker but with analog you had to get parts & sounds right while recording. If i had to choose though it would be digital!

  5. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  6. A: I will always strive do the best of my ability & making sure my clients get what they want.

  7. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  8. A: Being Creative gives me a sense of purpose.

  9. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  10. A: Can you play a solo like the one you did on Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Tears For Fears? Answer ..Yes.

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: Composing guitar parts that fit perfectly with the song & vocals..Also my unique guitar solos. This is where i shine the most.

  13. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  14. A: My own style with great melodic guitar parts & unique sounding solos. I will sometimes do more than required as i like to cover all angles.

  15. Q: What's your typical work process?

  16. A: Listen to the song, get the first guitar part down then everything else comes easier. When i work for a client i listen over & over to make sure what i have done is right for the track.

  17. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  18. A: Don't ever overdue production. Keep it simple with great sounds.

  19. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  20. A: Contemporary Rock/Pop..Indie..Grunge..Funk & Dance.

  21. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  22. A: Chuck Sabo [Drums] Martin Page [Producer/Performer] Chris Hughes [Producer] Gwenael Damman [Bassist/Producer] Steve Power [Producer]

  23. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  24. A: Mainly Contemporary Rock/Pop.I enjoy creating guitar parts that fit with the lead vocal. I also love to do more left field music..I like to push the boundaries a little.

  25. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  26. A: It's an easy job but it can be very hard sometimes to please clients.

  27. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  28. A: What kind of guitar parts they would like from me.

  29. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  30. A: I started with Tears For Fears playing live with them & recording guitar on 'Songs From The Big Chair'..I then went on to work with many artists & have for the last 28 years.

  31. Q: How would you describe your style?

  32. A: It's hard to say..I like to think i have my own sound,that i have created over the years of being a session guitarist. I would say it's exciting,melodic & a little different.

  33. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  34. A: Sing While Your Winning by Robbie Williams. This album was right up my street guitar wise & to work with Guy Chambers & Steve Power.

  35. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  36. A: Drummer Chuck Sabo

  37. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  38. A: Laptop, Marshall Amp, Taylor GS Mini Acoustic, Les Paul & Strat.

  39. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  40. A: David Bowie. I like creative artists that would give me a free hand.

  41. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  42. A: MacBook Pro ..Studio One 3 ..Apollo Twin Duo Interface..Marshall Amp..Les Paul..Strat.. Various Mics

  43. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  44. A: I always give 100% Attention to detail & always excited to record guitars for new clients. It's always a challenge which is what keeps me going.

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So Handsome I Could Die by Neil Taylor

I was the Composer/Guitarist/Singer/Engineer/producer in this production

GenresSounds Like
  • Tears For Fears
  • Morrissey
  • Robbie Williams
Gear Highlights
  • Marshall amp
  • Blackstar amp Les Paul
  • Strat
  • Tele
  • Dobro
  • Taylor 614E & GS Mini Studio One 3
  • Logic 10
  • Apollo Twin interface
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