I'm a music composer living & working in LA specializing in horror films.
Currently signed with Bohemia Group for representation.
Taylor’s recent score to the Award-winning documentary SCREAM QUEEN: MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET has been getting praise from all over the world. “A superb score by Alexander Taylor helps to capture the optimism of the overarching message - while leaving the audience ready to start dancing in their favorite 80’s shades,” says Samantha McLaren from Scream Horror Magazine. You can find the original score on vinyl at 1984 Publishing.
His work can be heard in the Thomas Jane helmed werewolf film, HUNTER’S MOON, released by Lionsgate. “HUNTER’S MOON is a splash of Tom Waits, a pinch of Marco Beltrami, and a healthy scoop of insanity seamlessly blended together into Alexander Taylor’s organic and quirky thriller score,” writes Greg Richling (Head of Production at Pfonetic/bassist for The Wallflowers). The soundtrack is being released through Air-Edel records.
His work is featured in the Lionsgate crime-thriller ARKANSAS, starring Liam Hemsworth, Vince Vaughn, John Malkovich, and Vivica A. Fox.
Taylor crafted an intense score to the upcoming thriller, DEAD OF NIGHT, which stars Lance Henriksen and Matthew Lawrence.
With several more horror films in post-production right now, as well as having scored series for Jason Blum & Eli Roth’s Crypt Tv, Taylor has become one of the go-to composers in the horror genre.
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Interview with Alexander Taylor
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I recently scored a Lionsgate film called HUNTER'S MOON. It’s a quirky, campy werewolf movie. A lot of the characters seem like they have a bit of a screw loose in some respects, so the score reflects that. I tried to stay as organic as possible. I wanted to make it sound like the music was coming from the trees. I used a mallet on an old broken piano, bowed a gopichand, plucked around on m’bira’s, a kalimba, Tibetan singing bowls, an angklung, a slide guitar, a resonator, and even a harmonica. It was wild. Greg Richling (executive music producer) and I had a lot of conversations about making this thing as wild as possible, so we were brainstorming ways to make this thing stand out. It has a real Tom Waits vibe that we’re proud of. Greg’s a genius, so it’s always fun working with him. We have a really unique score coming out that I think people will dig. It’s actually being released through George Martin’s label, Air Edel Records.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I won't stop writing until we both love the soundtrack.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Literally everything. I have the best job in the world. So much so that I never thought you could make a living doing it. but here I am 8 years later, supporting myself full time as a composer.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: My portraits make me look ultra serious, which I am when it comes to composing, but if you hang out with me, you realize quickly that I'm a nerdy goofball.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been working as a music composer professionally for 8 years now in LA.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style has often been described as sleek/stylish minimalism. I love to experiment with different soundscapes and instruments, but I also love a good melody that gets caught in your head.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A unique sound to a score that will stand out. I don't like doing anything twice, and I constantly think outside the box.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm hugely inspired by the following musicians/ composers: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Tom Waits. Marco Beltrami. Benjamin Wallfisch. John Carpenter. Philip Glass. Cliff Martinez. Jon Brion. Danny Elfman. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I composer original soundtracks for film, television, and web-based content.