We had the good fortune of connecting with Kristian Taylor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kristian, why did you pursue a creative career?
I pursued an artistic creative career because it’s one of the first things in my life that I connected with on a “spiritual” level. It took me somewhere beyond this realm and showed me things about my self that I don’t think I would have been aware of had it not been for digging deep into creativity and expression. There’s something really fantastic about taking something that you saw with your minds eye and figuring out how to materialize it for the world around you to enjoy.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets me apart is my versatility and willingness to experiment . It was always my goal to take little things from all my favorite artists, genres, inspirations, etc… and put them into the melting pot of my artistry. It took me awhile to get to this point. A LOT of experimentation has happened and is still happening, but I’ve finally settled into a sound and a workflow that feels very authentic to me. Recently, I shifted directions musically to focus on making my music more spiritual and helpful to others as opposed to making music that’s self serving and indulgent. This was a really difficult decision because I had spent the better part of a year stockpiling a ton of really well crafted music, but I realized I was outgrowing the subject matter on a spiritual level. So I changed my name from Roger Songbird, to my real name, Kristian Taylor and started making music that resonated with my heart as well as the legacy I wanted to leave behind. It’s a goal for me to uplift and inspire people. I want to push boundaries and contribute new sounds that inspire the next generation as well as leaving a message that carries timeless wisdom. I want to bring people closer to God so that they can find heaven on earth and live life to its fulfillment, instead of just getting by.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
a few places I take everybody when they come to visit are amoeba records, the comedy store to get a good laugh, my favorite cheap sushi at Sushi Stop, 24 hot to get some Nashville Hot Chicken. Venice Beach is always a must for anyone who’s never visited. Fairfax is another one, everyone likes to see Fairfax and shop a bit when they come into town.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My Fiancé Marilyn for being supportive of all my crazy ideas and see me for who I aspired to be before I had actualized anything and my friend Alan Hersh for always being down to ride this rollercoaster and never being afraid to challenge me to be my best.
Marilyn Rodriguez @thetaylorduo