Alexis Taylor

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Alexis Taylor
Alexi Taylor of Hot Chip.jpg
Taylor performing with Hot Chip in 2008
Background information
OriginWest London
GenresElectronic / synth-pop
InstrumentsVocals, synthesizer, drums, percussion, piano, guitar
Years active2000-present
Associated actsHot Chip, About Group
Websitewww.hotchip.co.uk

Alexis Taylor is a British musician. He is the lead vocalist and keyboardist/guitarist of the band Hot Chip, keyboardist in About Group, and a solo artist.

Taylor formed Hot Chip with Joe Goddard whilst at Elliot secondary school, Putney London. He studied English at Jesus College, Cambridge from 1999-2002, during which time Hot Chip played a variety of gigs (with various line-ups) at Cambridge's live music venues.

In 2007, Taylor and Hot Chip produced a two-song album, Doubleshaw, as Booji Boy High under the pseudonyms Georgios Panayiotou and Mother Markzbow. The name Booji Boy comes from the character created by Devo.[1]

After the release of Hot Chip's second album, The Warning, Taylor released his first solo album, Rubbed Out, in 2008.[2] The same year he formed the improvisational quartet About Group with Spring Heel Jack's John Coxon, Pat Thomas, and former This Heat drummer Charles Hayward.[3]

A solo EP, Nayim From the Halfway Line, was released on Domino Recording Company in 2012,[4] and in 2014 the same label released the album Await Barbarians.[5]

In June 2016, Taylor released Piano, the follow-up album to Await Barbarians.[6] An accompanying album, Listen With(out) Piano, was released in March 2017. It features re-works of tracks from Piano with other musicians; both albums can be played separately or at the same time.[7]

In February 2018, Taylor announced his new album, Beautiful Thing. The album was produced by Tim Goldsworthy, co-founder of DFA Records.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Booji Boy High". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  2. ^ Howe, Brian (21 November 2008). "Alexis Taylor: Rubbed Out". Pitchfork. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  3. ^ Rogers, Jude (31 March 2011). "About Group: Alexis Taylor swaps Hot Chip for jazz improv". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  4. ^ Neyland, Nick (2 January 2013). "Alexis Taylor Nayim From The Halfway Line". Pitchfork. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  5. ^ Fitzmaurice, Larry (25 June 2014). "Alexis Taylor: Await Barbarians". Pitchfork. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  6. ^ Pearce, Sheldon (21 April 2016). "Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip) Announces New Album Piano, Shares "I'm Ready"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  7. ^ Day, Laurence (12 January 2017). "Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor announces new Listen With(out) Piano album". The Line of Best Fit.
  8. ^ Hakimian, Rob (February 20, 2018). "Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor announces solo album produced by Tim Goldsworthy; listen to title track 'Beautiful Thing' now". The 405. Retrieved March 20, 2018.

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