Neil Taylor

Guitar Rock/Pop/Contemporary

20 Reviews (17 Verified)
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I have been a session guitarist for the past 25 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 sing well. 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..

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20 Reviews - 3 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Jonathan V.

    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!

  2. Review by Ryan S.

    Neil is awesome! He always manages to bring out the best in a song!

  3. Review by Kitt W.

    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!

  4. Review by Ryan S.

    Neil is awesome!

  5. Review by Kitt W.

    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!

  6. Review by Kitt W.

    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

  7. Review by Kitt W.

    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.

  8. Review by Richard S.

    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.

  9. Review by Zolton Z.

    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.

  10. Review by Kitt W.

    Wow! Neil works magic every time. Provides what I ask for, but always throws in some creative energy to give the song some extra sparkle. I've been a fan of his for years and to have him add credibility to my music is a major plus!

  11. Review by Jonas C.

    Great professional guitarist! Provided 2 killer solos in couple of days. it was hard to choose between them. Both were excellent. Highly recommended.

  12. Review by Kitt W.

    In short... way talented. super nice. easy to work with . quick turnaround. A beast of a guitar player.

  13. Review by Kitt W.

    Neil's talent and resume speak for themselves, but working with him is even better. He was quick to respond to my needs and nailed the vibe I was shooting for. He brought instant credibility to a rough demo. I plan to use him as often as he is available.

  14. Review by Alan L.

    Neil delivered a great sounding solo in just one or two days. Work was done professionally and exactly as promised. Thanks man, hope we get to work together again!

  15. Review by Andrew L.

    Neil always instinctively delivers great parts even with the vaguest of directions. Highly recommended!

  16. Review by Andrew L.

    This man needs no revisions!

  17. Review by Andrew L.

    He's simply THE BEST.

  18. Review by Bruce Brassington

    I first saw Neil with a local Bristol band Sneak Preview back in the early eighties and was immediately blown away with his unique style. I'm going to use the word angular to hopefully get the idea across. I noticed he used build in a lot of open strings into a sequence creating an amazing sound. You can hear a bit of this in the out-tro of Everybody wants to rule world. If you want to sound distinctive use Neil.

  19. Review by Chuck Sabo

    I played on a few big hits with Neil, and always really enjoyed his playing and his company!
    Contacting Neil to play guitar on your songs would be the best choice you can make for yourself and your songs! His amazing feel, and inventive playing will enhance any song! And his personality will enhance the experience!

    Chuck Sabo

  20. Review by Steve Power

    One of the most instinctively creative and non-cliché driven guitarists I've ever worked with. Lovely fella, great attitude. You can't go wrong with Neil because he can play anything. Check out his wonderfully inventive solo on Robbie's Rock Dj single. Nobody plays like him.
    Steve Power

Interview with Neil Taylor

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

  2. 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.

  3. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  10. A: Drummer Chuck Sabo

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

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

  13. Q: How would you describe your style?

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  22. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  30. 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.

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

  32. 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.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  41. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  42. 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!

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

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

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
  • Les Paul
  • Strat
  • Tele
  • Taylor 614E & GS Mini Studio One 3
  • Logic 10
  • Apollo Twin interface
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