Damian Taylor

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Damian Taylor
Damian Taylor before performing onstage with Björk
Background information
Born 1977 (age 36)
Origin Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Occupations Record producer, audio engineer, musician
Instruments Reactable
Years active 1997 to present
Associated acts The Prodigy
Björk
UNKLE
Website www.damiantaylor.com

Damian Taylor is a Grammy-nominated music producer born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and currently residing in Montreal in Canada. Taylor's experience also includes audio mixer, audio engineer, composer, programmer, performer, editor and software designer.[1]

Career[edit]

Taylor's family relocated to New Zealand in 1987. Taylor moved to London in 1997. He spent a decade based in the UK where he established his career as an engineer and programmer, working with producers and mixers such as Guy Sigsworth, Neil McLellan, Adrian Bushby, Pascal Gabriel, Al Clay, Jim Abiss, Steve Osborne, Cameron Craig, and Tom Elmhirst, and artists such as UNKLE, Adam Freeland, and The Prodigy. Taylor regularly worked at studios such as Strongroom, Olympic, Whitfield Street, Metropolis, The Townhouse, Chiswick Reach, Rockfield and The Pierce Rooms.

After working and travelling full-time with the Icelandic singer Björk from 2005 and 2011 on two albums and an extended world tour, Taylor settled in Montreal where he custom-built his own studio, Golden Ratio,[2] in the city's Mile-End neighbourhood. The studio was designed with acoustician John Brandt.[1] Taylor returned to Canada to "be involved in the next evolution of Canadian music right across the board" though he continues to work with international artists.[3]

Taylor's Grammy nominated projects include Best Alternative Album for Björk's Vespertine (2001) and Volta (2005),[4] Best Dance Album for The Prodigy's Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned (2004) [5] and Best Remix for Sarah Vaughan's "Fever" Adam Freeland Remix (2005) [6]

Taylor has worked with notable artists such as Diamond Rings, Kasabian, Frou Frou, Stateless, South, The Whip, Freeland, Young Love, Robyn, The B-52s, The Boredoms, The Killers, and Arcade Fire.[7]

Taylor's time as a co-producer in remix teams for UNKLE, Adam Freeland, and Guy Sigsworth (Heavy Rotation) as well as a producer of remixes under both his own name and the Stone Lions moniker have earned him a Grammy nod, remixing tracks of artists such as [Arcade Fire, DJ Shadow, UNKLE, Björk, Placebo, Kylie Minogue, Depeche Mode, and Metallica.[7]

Taylor worked as a co-producer on the film soundtrack for Sexy Beast (2000).[8]

For Biophilia, Taylor not only performed traditional studio engineering, programming, and mixing, but he also designed and programmed a series of musical performance systems which were used extensively by Björk during the writing of the album and created the audiovisual experience of Biophilia using iPad apps.[9]

Damian created a Max MSP patch called Woodpecker via the Cycling 74 website.[10] The patch was designed after conversations with Arcade Fire, and it creates fast 16th note midi sequences from keyboard input. It allows the performer to bring a very electronic feel into a live ensemble, free of set tempos and click tracks. There are options to allow you to vary the feel of the sequence, play triplets, and explore various arpeggiation styles.[11]

Recent work includes additional recording on Arcade Fire’s Reflektor,[12] vocal production on Austra’s Olympia,[13] production and mixing for The Killers on their US #1 Album "Battle Born",[14] mixing and additional production on forthcoming albums by Owen Pallet and Foxtrott,[15] and Björk’s aforementioned multi-media masterpiece Biophilia (writing, engineering, mixing, programming, software design).[16]

Discography[edit]

Selected Discography as a producer[7][edit]

Release year Album Artist
2012 Battle Born The Killers
2011 Biophilia Björk
2011 Feel it Break Austra
2009 Invaders Must Die The Prodigy
2007 Volta Björk
2005 Teen Dance Ordinance A
2004 Sexy Beast Film Score
2003 Never, Never Land UNKLE
2003 Now and Them Freeland
2002 Hi-Fi Serious A
2001 Do Androids Dream of Electric Beats? UNKLE
2001 From Here On In South
2000 Rebore Vol 1 The Boredoms

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