Multi-talented Ralph Taylor is not your ordinary singer-songwriter, he plays a few more instruments than you’d think he would and was initally inspired by Ed Sheeran who happens to come from the same town he was raised in, Suffolk. We catch up with Ralph to see what he has to offer to the music world after his new release “Animals”.
Why a career in music, what’s your story behind it?
When I was 10, my family and I moved to a small town in Suffolk. One of the town locals was a young Ed Sheeran. At the time, he’d just dropped out of school and moved to London to pursue a career in music. I drummed and wrote lyrics from a young age and had always loved playing live, so when I realised it was an option to do it as a career, instead of school and A-Levels, I don’t think there was any stopping me. So, I started teaching myself the guitar and how to sing and when I finished GCSE’s, I left school, moved to London and almost 4 years on, here we are!
Who would you say influenced you over the years?
What is “Animals” about?
Animals is about dealing with grief and the emotions it brings. Remembering what was, whilst having to accept it no longer can be. It’s a sad topic, but I don’t like to think of it as a sad song.
How was it to hear your music playing on national radio? What went through you’re mind?
Pretty surreal! I’m not entirely sure what went through my mind, but it made me laugh. A sort of, ’ha, that’s my song on the radio’ kind of laugh. If I get some more radio plays in the future, I will muster up a better answer for you.
Your song writing process, what is it like?
It really varies. I used to just write on guitar, but over the last year or so I’ve been trying to broaden my writing horizons. At the moment, I usually start by making a little 8 bar loop on my laptop: Whip together a cheeky beat, lay down some naughty bass and then just jam over it until something feels right. If I’m happy with the loop, lyrics usually flow out quite naturally. I tend to write in quite an introspective way, so I don’t like to look into what I’m saying until it’s been said… Otherwise I can freak myself out. I’ve also started writing some poetry recently, and a few of them have translated into songs quite nicely.
Would you prefer playing to a live crowd or recording music in a studio?
Live crowd. Performing live is why I do what I do. There is nothing like it. I enjoy the studio, don’t get me wrong, but the happiness I get from playing with/to others is like no other.
Are you collaborating with anyone at the moment?
Yes. I’ve just started working with a new producer, who has worked with one of my favourite artists on one of my favourite albums, so thats pretty exciting. I’m always writing with friends and musicians that I meet along the way because working with others is a pleasure and I find that it often leads to the most interesting music. My next single was co-written with some of the boys from Will and The People – They’re great. I’ve also been doing some writing for other people with a good friend and wicked producer, Nick Sheldon (Blackhill).
Do you normally have creative direction in how you would like your music videos to turn out?
I’ve only done one music video as of yet, but yes, I like to think that I will always have creative direction over what I’m putting out under my name. It’s a collaborative thing, but I’d only work on something that I’m happy to work on.
What can we expect from you in the future, any projects or more new music?
Lots of new music will be coming in 2019. I’ve done a lot of writing this year and feel I have a nice selection of tracks that I’m buzzing to finish recording and release. I’m also hoping to get around the country some more with the band and potentially even stride to Europe, but who knows. Festival season should be a good one too.