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Am Taylor

Atlanta, Georgia, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2019 | INDIE

Atlanta, Georgia, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2019
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"Am Taylor Teams Up With Jayne County For New Colab"

Am Taylor has recently teamed up with Punk Rock Legend Jayne County. With a couple of songs under their belt and ready to release in the coming future, Jayne got a chance to talk about the colab with Please Kill Me at her Art Exhibition at the Marlborough Gallery in New York City. Check out what she had to say:

An excerpt from Jayne's interview with Please Kill Me:

Jayne County: I get these ideas in my head. It seems like they come from nowhere. I just get tunes in my head, sometimes I dream them. Sometimes it won’t be a whole song, just a tune, and it will get stuck in my head and won’t go away. So what I say if a tune gets stuck in my head and won’t go away, it would probably make a good song.

I’m working with a guitar player, Am Taylor. And she’s just this incredible guitar player. I can hum a tune to her and she can pick it out with a guitar in just seconds, she’s got this incredible knack. It’s amazing. So I just hum the tune to her and she picks it out and plays in on guitar. And she’s got ideas and she’ll add a good line for the verse or something like that. And I usually come up with good chorus lines. I came up with “I Don’t Fit In Anywhere” in my head, and I had the whole thing in there, and what I have to do is translate that song from my head to a guitarist, so we can put it into the physical. And once we have it on guitar, we can add bass and drums, the rhythm section, and that glues the whole song together. Without the rhythm, the song falls apart. So we then record those and then overlay the guitars and the tune and the chorus lines over that. That’s how I write ‘em! The tune just appears out of nowhere. I also get good ideas for song titles, then just write them down. - Please Kill Me


"Things Around Atlanta"

Am Taylor. Former leader of Atlanta's Sexual Side Effects celebrates the release of a new solo single. With special guest cameo appearance by Jayne County, Atlanta-based punk pioneer. $12; $10 in advance. 8 p.m. March 19. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, Atlanta. www.badearl.com. - Atlanta Journal Constitution


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Driving On The Edge Of Night - Single - 2020

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Destruction. Rebirth. Reinvention. It’s a cycle present throughout the world in which we live, and within ourselves, when we are brave enough to follow it. It’s the journey Am Taylor has undertaken.

Recently re-emerging on the music scene after a self-imposed hiatus, Taylor is now embracing her creative calling as a stronger, smarter solo artist entrenched in indie dream pop, psychedelia and post-punk. The last few years have been deeply transformative for the Atlanta-based singer-guitarist, and she’s come out the other side with a wealth of new material colored by these experiences.

“There’s a key theme of me being reborn,” says Taylor, who as a transgendered person, intrinsically understands the power and often necessity of personal metamorphosis. “We’re born with this newness, and we live our lives and everything is awesome and great, and then something comes along and completely destroys and crushes us. That’s what gives us empathy. This is something I’ve gone through that’s given me a sense of renewed empathy for others, and it’s also healing.”

For Taylor, the time for healing was long overdue, coming during a personal and professional crossroads. Taylor is best known as founding member of the Sexual Side Effects (SSE), which formed in Atlanta in 2011 and released its debut album, High Maintenance, that same year. Over the ensuing years, Taylor and SSE shared the stage with the likes of Fuel, Royal Bliss, the Georgia Satellites, Girl in a Coma, Electric Six, Hunter Valentine and many more. She was also a touring guitarist for Brother Grey, and recently began writing new songs with punk legend Jayne County for a new forthcoming project. And while she is still collaborating with former SSE bandmates, this new direction marks Taylor’s ascendance as a solo songwriter and performer, free to create and execute her vision.

“We spent a long time with the old band. I was the primary songwriter and just kept going through different players and different iterations of things,” reflects Taylor. “So I took a hiatus for a while and became a hermit, after touring a lot and going for it for a long time. I went into songwriter mode and had a lot of life experiences that really crushed me in a lot of ways. So this is like the phoenix rising from the ashes, and deciding to let go of my old band name. It’s really the same band, but rebranded as me as a solo artist.”

Just don’t expect her to stand on stage all alone, armed with only an acoustic guitar. Although she’s now 100% in the driver’s seat, Taylor’s pulled a talented group of cohorts into her circle for the project, starting with veteran producer Andy Reilly (The Cult, Iron Maiden, Gary Numan), a British studio icon who’s based near Taylor in the Atlanta area. Taylor says she was drawn to the gargantuan drum sounds that Reilly—himself a drummer—is known for capturing.

“He does a lot of metal and modern rock, which is always driven by the drums; they’re big, loud and in your face, like you’re really at the show and they’re just smashing away,” says Taylor. “Even though I am primarily inspired by dream pop and psych rock and have a singer-songwriter approach to writing, Andy adds a bombastic rock ‘n’ roll edge with his loud drum sounds, and his harder-edged background giving my music a fresh perspective and sound.”

Taylor has also assembled a gifted group of players to collaborate and perform on the tracks, some of whom are familiar faces to Taylor’s fans, while others are new additions to the family. Instead of settling on a permanent lineup, for now she is keeping her cast of musicians open-ended, with the studio contributors and live performers evolving as the project matures.

“I decided to get different people to play different things,” Taylor explains. “I also plan on getting another guitar player; I’m just playing my own guitar parts now, but when I play live, I want another guitar player, so we can do some of the dreamy, cool textures and lots of interesting stuff like that.”

For now though, Taylor is busy blazing a new path toward her destiny, emboldened by having already endured multiple trials by fire. Once all the new material is complete later this year, she will then focus on potential touring, with each performance a celebration of the singer-guitarist’s reincarnation.

“I’ve been reborn many times in my life and I’ve gone through a lot of really hardcore stuff. I’ve been through tragedies and I’ve had to fight every day. At one point I almost died, and that’s part of my journey,” says Taylor. “I’m reintroducing myself as a solo artist re-emerging from the ashes of my last project. It’s a new dawn, a new chapter of my life and I’m a new person. I have a mission in this life, and I will follow it, both renewed and refreshed.”