Check out the new video for Loquat “We Could Be Arsonists” (Damian Taylor Remix):
Trust’s album TRST, mixed by Damian Taylor, is among the 2013 Juno Nominees for “Electronic Album of the Year”. “Trust is the alter ego of Toronto artist Robert Alfons, formed in 2009 along with collaborator Maya Postepski and has garnered glowing praise from top international critics at Pitchfork, VICE, The Guardian UK and many more. Trust’s tales of lust, wax, and erotomania carry along on a dense, black vapour of speed, space and tears. Trust is a pop hit factory buried deep in the mud.” For more, visit the Juno Awards website.
Congratulations to Björk on her 2013 Grammy nomination for “Best Alternative Music Album” for
Biophilia [One Little Indian / Nonesuch]
Featuring co-production, mixing, and song writing by Damian Taylor
For more on the nominations, visit GRAMMYS.com.
The sort of gloomy synthpop that’ll make you want to smoke cigarettes and dance jerkily in a dark basement …
Read more at NME.
The Killers’ latest album, Battle Born, brought the Las Vegas band together with no less than five world-class producers — Steve Lillywhite, Stuart Price, Brendan O’Brien, Daniel Lanois, and Damian Taylor. Amidst such illustrious company, Taylor modestly describes his role on the upcoming release with a laugh, “The band wanted to ensure that there would be a good strain of weirdness in there.”Read the full article at the Universal Audio blog.
If the term renaissance man were applied to a musical skill set, four-time Grammy-nominated producer/engineer Damian Taylor would most certainly deserve the title. His own website describes him as a “music producer, engineer, mixer, composer, programmer, performer, editor, and software designer.”
His large and diverse lexicon of music creation talents has made Taylor a sought-after collaborator. His ever-expanding discography notes A-list acts such as Bjork, The Prodigy, UNKLE, and most recently, The Killers.
With The Killers’ latest release, Battle Born, Taylor takes a producer’s credit, and his contributions to the project spanned all aspects, from technical to creative. For a project that saw him moving frequently between his own Golden Ratio Studio in Montreal, and the band’s Battle Born Studios in Las Vegas, Taylor relied heavily on his Pro Tools|HD Native system to get the job done.
For more visit avid.com.
Producer makes song sound like it was created in space …
With her smokey alto, layers of looped musical phrases and a myriad of quirky accompanying instruments, Kimbra’s unique sound is already an adventure for the ears. But in this Damian Talyor remix of “Two Way Street,” the producer turns the singer’s track into something strong and anthemic. The track sounds as if it were made in space, where the constant waterfall of synths cradles the echoing cry of the vocals.
Though Taylor has worked with many musicians whose styles differ from Kimbra’s (such as Björk and Arcade Fire), he clearly knows how to tailor her track so it fits her offbeat, inventive persona. “The idea behind ‘Two Way Street’ first came to me in L.A.,” says Kimbra. “I was walking on Hollywood Blvd., and I began thinking about streets as a metaphor for love, and the song grew from there. I’m a big Björk fan and I recently met and started working with Damian Taylor. Our first collaboration is his remix, and I think it takes the song in a really exciting direction.”
The original song is from Kimbra’s Vows, which was released last month.
Via Rolling Stone by Nathalie Morin
The band’s new single ‘Runaways’ will debut tonight (July 10)
The Killers have announced that their new studio album ‘Battle Born’ will be released on September 17. It is the Las Vegas band’s fourth record and will be preceded by a single titled ‘Runaways’.
A series of producers worked on the album, including Madonna collaborator Stuart Price, Steve Lillywhite, Damian Taylor and Brendan O’Brien. It is the band’s first album for over four years. Read more at NME.
With 2010′s Special Affections, Toronto pop maestro Diamond Rings earned himself a host of fans and a U.S. deal with Astralwerks. Now, the songwriter also known as John O’Regan is looking to make another splash as he gears up to release a single in advance of a new album. The single is called “I’m Just Me,” and a press release notes that it will appear on Diamond Rings’ upcoming sophomore LP. Like the rest of the new album, the song was co-produced by Montreal-based studio whiz Damian Taylor (Björk, Austra).
More at Exclaim!
You may not know her face but Kimbra’s is the female voice next to Gotye’s on this year’s biggest selling single — and now her own album … When we speak she’s in the middle of recording a new song with Prodigy and Björk producer Damian Taylor in Montreal, that she plans to submit to another man she admires, Tim Burton, for his forthcoming Frankenweenie film …
Continue reading at London Evening Standard.
Inside the grueling, yearlong sessions for the Vegas crew’s fall album.
The band has brought in multiple A-list producers since reconvening – including Brendan O’Brien, Steve Lillywhite, Daniel Lanois, Björk collaborator Damian Taylor and dance-music maven Stuart Price. “It’s a little bit our fault,” Flowers says. “We thought we would wait to see what the album was before we pulled the trigger on who we wanted.” Adds Vannucci, “We’re not used to splitting up our brains like that.”
Read more at Rolling Stone.
The Killers revealed the trailer for their fall 2012 release Battle Born on their VEVO page on June 7. The band is again working with producer Stuart Price. Other producers working on the album include Steve Lillywhite, Damian Taylor and Brendan O’Brien.
While the music in the trailer might be classic Killers, the eclectic producer lineup suggests the band may have some surprises up its sleeve when Battle Born drops this fall.
Status Mag conducted an interview with Damian Taylor. Click here to read the full interview.
This special 12-inch pressing marks the first physical release of the remixes of those two songs by Damian Taylor and Arcade Fire. The remix of “Sprawl II” can be heard in the dance motion-activated music video by Vincent Morisset, while the “Ready to Start” remix has previously only been available as a bonus download with the deluxe film-bundled version of the album.
The 12″ will be available worldwide on April 21, in stores participating in Record Store Day. Support your local record store!
“And while Alfons writes the hooks and leaves the experimentation to partner Maya Postepski — also the drummer/beatmaker for Austra — he’s elusive on his pop inspirations. He moved to Toronto from Winnipeg a few years ago, doesn’t go to many live shows and was too young to witness the trance, industrial and goth elements incorporated into ‘TRST,’ which was mixed by Damian Taylor (Bjork, Prodigy, UNKLE).”
“Last summer Trust signed to local indie Arts & Crafts and then travelled to Montreal to work with mixer and frequent Björk collaborator Damian Taylor, who beefed up the overall sound. ‘He gave our songs a big booty,’ Alfons says.”
– Now Toronto
Each week the Creators Project chats about the tools of the trade with one outstanding creative to find out exactly how they do what they do. The questions are always the same, the answers, not so much. This week: Damian Taylor, universally recognized music producer and engineer. Read the interview here.
Congrats to The Prodigy for being named Mixmag’s #1 Greatest Dance Act of All Time!
Damian Taylor Creates Extended Mix for Arcade Fire’s “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” New Interactive Video
Damian Taylor created an extended mix for Arcade Fire’s groundbreaking new interactive video for their song “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains).” Read more here via Pitchfork.
Here is the Stone Lions remix of Micachu & the Shapes‘ “Low Dogg” from their album Chopped & Screwed. Download the free track here from Rough Trade Records.
Ivan Evidente; Universal Music, A&R (Canada)
Damian Taylor; Golden Ratio, Producer/Engineer (Canada)
Liz Hart; Miss Management (United States)
Ben Buchanan; The Windish Agency, Agent (United States)
Steven Himmelfarb; Billions Corporation, Agent (Canada)
Ed Thompson; 13 artists, Agent (United Kingdom)
Back in the days, A&Rs were the guys you wanted to give your record to. Caricaturized by the big ol’ guy in a suit, they represented all the power in getting artists discovered. As years have gone by, this image has faded away and is now replaced by younger hip agents, A&Rs, producers, managers, etc…
This panel will introduce the new A&Rs, by inviting along some key people in the industry who have an important role in breaking new artists. Be it they’re agents, A&Rs, producers or managers, who are the new A&Rs? And how do these people play a role in discovering new artists and propelling them at an international level? Furthermore, how can you reach out to these people?
The New York Times:
Bjork’s Biophilia is “among the most creative, innovative and important new projects in popular culture. Biophilia essentially turns an album into a sort of audiovisual game, delivering a miniature production studio into the world’s willing hands…. The real magic happens when you press ‘play.’ That doesn’t tell the machine to play the song; it means it’s time for you to play the song.”
Create Digital featured Damian Taylor’s Cyclling 74 interview and software platform that is available for download on both Cycling 74 and Damian’s website. Click here to view the few article.
The manual edition and ultimate art edition box set versions of Bjork’s Biophilia will include a live album taken from her recent Manchester International Festival performance. The whole Biophilia tour is a spectacle of it’s own — it’s a global thing with six week residencies in eight different cities. If you want to see Bjork perfom Biophilia live, you’ll have to come to Bjork instead of her coming to you. Bjork will perform two shows a week and the entire Biophilia tour will last for three years.
Biophilia will be released on Oct 11 on Nonesuch Records. The album was mixed by both Bjork and Damian Taylor.
Click here to read the full article by Spacelab
Paste Magazine recently wrote an article featuring Damian Taylor’s collaboration with Bjork, Moon. Click here to read the full article.
Written by Bjork and Damian Taylor
Click here to listen, “Ready To Start”, a remix by Damian Taylor and Arcade Fire that is featured on Arcade Fire’s deluxe CD/DVD edition of The Suburbs.