We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylor Dahl and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Taylor, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I pursued an artistic and creative career because I felt I had to. I had to or my life would be unfulfilled. The stories, songs and performances that live inside of me had to come out. These creations give voice to a part of my soul that needs to be set free. I love the creative process…. and sometimes I feel frustrated with the creative process, but mostly I love it. The beauty and vitality of inspiration. That feeling that I must drop everything and write down my idea immediately. The flow that moves through me when I get in the channel of creativity…It’s magic and cathartic.
Once I started performing and sharing my music with the world, I realized that I could have a profound effect on people’s lives. I could bring them joy, peace, love, understanding, change and a feeling that they weren’t alone with their thoughts and feelings. That is the biggest gift.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I grew up near Berkeley, CA and listened to all the greats of the 60s and 70s from my parents record collection. My mom loved Joni Mitchell, The Beatles and CSN&Y. My Dad made a silly trumpet sound with his lips while walking through the halls. Somehow this upbringing gave birth to my acoustic indie folk sound, reminiscent of Joni, with the incorporation of my signature mouth trumpet.
I am most proud of my debut album, Spinnaker Street, which has received some wonderful reviews. The muse for this album came quite clearly through while I lived in a studio apartment at the beach on Spinnaker Street. Through the writing and recording of this album, I learned that the power of letting go of caring about what people think. I also learned the beauty and bravery of vulnerability. I had to go through a journey of personal growth before I felt ready to release my music to the world. Performing the songs felt like a public coming out experience. I’m so grateful for every moment of that journey. I also learned that recording your first album takes way longer than you think it will take. But it’s so worth it.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We’d start with Menotti’s coffee and meditation in my peaceful Del Rey backyard, followed by a morning surf session in Venice. Then a walk through the Venice Canals to Abbot Kinney where we’d have brunch at Gjelina. After a little shopping on Abbot Kinney, we’d go on a hike at Los Leones. In the evening we’d have sushi at Sugarfish and hit LA Louver for an art exhibit. The next evening we’d go to dinner on the roof at Mama Shelter followed by a concert at the Greek Theater.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shoutout to my friend, bandmate and masterful guitarist Edwin Fountaine Jr. Thank you for believing in me and my talent before I could. Thank you for the countless hours your spent with me and Keith Scripps in the studio. Your generosity of spirit and musical genius is a force to be reckoned with. You’ve taught me so much and helped me to become the musician and singer-songwriter that I am today.
Rob LaFond, Greg Crowder, Micheline Auger