Julian Shah-Tayler

As an accomplished Producer, Engineer, DJ, and all around musical chameleon, Julian Shah-Tayler has created an illustrious career gigging and writing records for himself and others. 

Shah-Tayler’s brand of rock with electronic elements falls somewhere in the New Wave/Indie category but has also been referred to as “sophisticated avant-pop.” His EPs Un Ange Passe and Blah Blah Blahnik are available on bandcamp.com for free download or donation and are supporting the debut album Coito Ergo Sum due to released in the fall of 2010.

The diverse body of work that Julian has amassed in various guises and collaborations is striking. Previously, Julian has worked directly with Joaquin Phoenix, Siobhan Fahey (Bananarama), Kerli, Oki-Dog, Spider, Fort King, Bethia Beadman (Courtney Love), JC Chasez, and Violet Flames to name a few. In addition, he also played guitar in 'Whitey' co writing the smash hit “Wrap It Up” which has been featured in Whip It, GTA 4, Sopranos, Kyle XY and CSI Miami. Shah-Tayler’s experience and expertise as a musician are backed by years of touring, studio time, and dedication to his craft.

As a DJ, Julian has remixed Marina Celeste (Nouvelle Vague), Cut Noblesse Oblige, Nemo, Aphletik, Superstudio, Psycho Project, Bloodcat Love, Fort King, drinkme, among others and has DJed worldwide in clubs from The Razzmatazz in Barcelona, the Maria in Berlin, Death Disco/Kill All Hippies/Transmission/The Queen is Dead/The Secret Door in London, Happy Endings in New York, and Standard Hotels in Los Angeles.

How do you describe your music to people?
I would like to say "eclectic" and mostly informed by rock, electronic and classical.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
My grandmother was a music teacher, and she taught me how to sing and made me practice very hard on the piano, violin and trumpet each day from when I was 5, then sent me to boarding school at Durham Cathedral to join the choir.

I guess that was where it all started.

I read somewhere that Prince (who was my favourite artist for many years) had played something like 27 instruments on record so I made it my job to surpass that number, which I am pleased and not a little embarrassed to say I have done. I am NOT however saying that I play all those instruments particularly well......

I was always in bands to meet people and get out there on stage.  

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Watch a fantastic movie in an art gallery whilst eating a gourmet vegetarian indian dinner with a glass of director's selection Coppola wine.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
The marketing aspect is one of the most time consuming and ongoing processes that challenges any artist. If no one knows about the product/artist, no one is going to buy the music.

I have most definitely invested more money than I have made in this business so far. Especially on the new album.

I spend most of my time doing interviews and uploading to various sites!

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
A Rockstar Doctor.

In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
My move to Los Angeles from London has definitely influenced my music in a positive way. I seem to write from a much more "happy" and light place since living in the sun.

London was a dark place for me for a lot of the time, as I was surrounded by drugs and crazy people constantly.

I think the culture here is a lot less open minded though. London is informed by all sorts of people and cultures, whereas Los Angeles is more segregated in terms of localities and musical influence. I think you are either "rock" or "Hip Hop" here.

I live with a couple of enormously talented musicians here as well, so I am always surrounded by noise and melodies, which can't help but seep in.....

What other artists out there do you love?
Piel, Matthew Dear, The Cure, David Bowie, John Lennon, Jane's Addiction, Joanna Newsom, Kate Bush, Prince, The Beatles, LCD Soundsystem, Wagner, Benjamin Britten, Jeff Buckley, Cocteau Twins, Fleetwood Mac, Fort King, Ruthann Friedmann, Japan, Johnny Cash, MNDR, New Order, Nirvana, Underworld, Portishead, Queens Of the Stoneage, Scott Walker, Sonic Youth, Suede, The Verve, Yeasayer, !!!, Adam Ant, Air, Orbital, Emiliana Torrini, Michael Jackson, Mediaeval Baebes, Miranda Sex Garden, Sisters Of Mercy, Leonard Cohen, Morrissey, The Smiths, Moloko, Mozart, Muse, Angelo Badalamenti, My Bloody Valentine, Neil Young etc. etc.

What does your future hold?
International superstardom. Happiness. Love. A loft in New York. A beachside mansion in Venice, California. A townhouse in Primrose Hill, London. World peace. World domination. Enlightenment. Possibly waking up!