‘Here Tonight’ sees Taylor Knox continue his power pop arc; crunchy, loud guitars mixed with powerful drums and catchy, anthemic hooks.
If you decide to listen to only one song today, let it be ‘Little Creature‘!
How did this record come together?
About a month after I released my last record “Love” I started recording new songs. First I recorded songs at a studio in Toronto called Candle with producer Josh Korody, then I went down to LA and recorded some songs with Rob Schnapf producing. I play most of the instruments myself. Usually, the drums first but not always. A couple songs on this record I recorded the guitars to a drum loop and then did the drums after. I’m always writing new songs so I just try to capture the ones I’m most excited about as I go along the best I can. I try not to think about it too much, just do what feels good and sounds good. Once I have enough good ones I put ’em out.
When did you decide to start asking for opinions on the new songs?
I started playing them for other people once I had around 10 or so started. Mostly playing for musician friends seeing what they liked and what they didn’t like.
For every song you record, how many end up in the bin?
I usually start between 5 and 10 other songs that don’t make the record in the end. But don’t worry all of the best ones end up on the record. That ties into the last question cause I can’t always tell which ones of my songs are good so I rely on my trusted friends and producers to help me out with that part.
As an artist, you chose to show your emotions to the world. Is it always comfortable to do so?
No, it’s awful! haha But it’s true that the more of your emotions you can share, the more people will connect to the humanity behind it and that’s what is the best thing about music. So I try to not get in the way of expressing something real.
What’s the gig you will always remember? And why?
We had a really fun gig a couple of years ago at the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg. We played in a cool basement at a bar called Molotov and it was packed and loud and sweaty and all the best things about a great live show. Also it was down the street from where the Beatles used to play in Hamburg so that was extra fun for us.