Musician, guitarist from "Whose Line Is It Anyway", and many others
Guitarist, composer from ABC's "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" with Drew Carey, and the CW Network's new episodes. Has toured, recorded and/or performed with Art Garfunkel, Maia Sharp, Terri Lyne Carrington, Tracy Chapman, Sheila E., Christopher Cross, Crystal Bowersox, Edwin McCain, Don Was, Jim Keltner, Richard Perry, Kirk Whalum, Namie Amuro, Chante Moore, Wayne Brady, Vesta Williams, Thelma Houston, Marilyn McCoo, and more. Film scoring includes "Through The Cracks" directed by Mark Ryan, and "Anatomy Of A Breakup" directed by Judy Minor.
Recent recordings include Maia Sharp's "Change The Ending", Art Garfunkel's "The Singer", Edwin McCain's "Mercy Bound", and Terri Lyne Carrington's Grammy winning "Mosaic".
Co-producer on Crystal Bowersox' latest single, "Coming Out For Christmas" and her new EP "Promises".
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Interview with Linda Taylor
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Complete track production
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Artists - Me'Shell NdegeOcello, followed by pretty much whatever I'm listening to...
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Pro Tools 12.5.1, maxed out with plugs from UAD, Valhalla, Waves, SoundToys, SoundRadix, all the usual suspects. Cool assortment of outboard gear, so my mixes are fairly hybrid ITB.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Usually, I get a demo from the artist, I prefer it be very basic, just guitar/vocal or piano/vocal because I really want to hear the song and how they sing it, rather than worry about their guitar playing ability. Sometimes it's obvious where the song wants to go, sometimes not, so I talk with the artist...my favorite question is "when you turned around in your chair and hi-fived your co-writer, what exactly did you say?" I usually get everything I need from that answer.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Experience (I've been playing guitar for close to 50 years), a Song Is First mentality, what does the song want, what does it need, what can it hold?
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Production wise it's usually pop/indie. Gigs are all over the map, jazz, rock, blues, singersongwriter, anything. I guess that's obvious thanks to "Whose Line"
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Back away. Mute everything one at a time. When you get to the one you can't live without, you've just found the heart of the song.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Lalah Hathaway (played with her on sessions, but only as overdubs), Me'Shell, Peter Gabriel, it's a pretty long list...
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Song based
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Guitar player for hire, then just expanded into the rest of it.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Divided By 13 FTR37, my 335, my Royer, an 1176, and a laptop.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Know well in advance what your budget is, and what you expect to accomplish with that budget.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: A lot of what you've asked me..but mostly, what they hope for with these songs.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's easy.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Is Wayne really funny?
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The creativity of it, being lost in the music
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You'll be happy with your music
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Yes. Silly question.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Haven't looked.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Co-producing Edwin McCain
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Playing with Art Garfunkel was a real treat...