Mark Taylor Goes It Alone

The advent of the internet has no doubt given artists across the globe a chance to make themselves and their talents noticed by the wor...



The advent of the internet has no doubt given artists across the globe a chance to make themselves and their talents noticed by the world at large.
Nowadays, establishing an online presence is chief among many an artist's 'to-do list' and nobody wants to be left behind.
UK folk/rock/funk musician, Mark Taylor (DYD - Desirable Yet Disposable) touched on the matter while narrating his own origins to Urban Craft magazine recently.
"I write songs about the people I meet or observe. I grew up in a farming community in the Warwickshire area of the UK but now live in Coventry (A city in the West Midlands of the UK). I enjoy writing, singing and playing, particularly writing about injustice and relationships. I consider myself to be an 'English Musical Eccentric'.
"I've been asked to perform my songs live (As DYD), but as I play most of the instruments and sing the vocal tracks, so far, I've only produced songs for download. I was partly inspired to try this by other artists I met at a BBC Amplify Music event who were aiming to establish an online presence and hopefully, a career, but not tour. One famous rock guitarist I met at that event gave me this advice: 'Everyone has something to sing about. Don't hold back waiting for any elusive contract. Just shout out online to the worldworld" said Mark.

What began as a simple conversation with a friend a couple of years ago has become quite an unexpectedly exciting chapter in his career.
"Although I've played in various local bands for many years, I had never released anything by myself before. Whilst listening to a performance from a band at The Godiva Festival (Here in Coventry, UK), a musical friend turned to me and said: 'Why on earth don't you release something, you have something of value to say!' So I did! Initially just two singles, then I decided to go for an album release. I had no expectations as such, but two years on, I find it interesting that my music is primarily downloaded in America and Canada", said the artist.

Mark has performed in bands that have been linked to the UK Christian Music circuit in recent years and been a guitarist in support bands that have played for the legendary Cliff Richard, The Rez Band, and so many others. He has also been a feature at the celebrated Greenbelt Arts Festival main stage.
"I see myself as an English 'cottage industry' project, trying to break into a larger arena where more people can hear and see what I'm doing, but I'm realistic, it's not easy. My music is picked up and continues to be played by a variety of radio internet stations. I recently made my first video. I deliberately made it to look 'home produced' (For a song called: Mundane Choices). I'm working towards releasing a second album, but that will have to wait for a few months", he said.  

Taylor hopes to continue writing songs that he sees as being beneficial to his listeners and making a positive impact on the society at large.
"Last year I wrote a song entitled: 'No Poverty'. Of all my songs, this one has received the most comments. It was influenced by political events here in the UK, and I was trying to highlight how some struggle on precious little. I also try to pick unusual subjects for lyrics. 'Mundane Choices' is about 'small talk', how people I have met talk about the trivial, such as their neighbors, their expectations, relationships etc. 'Don't Sit And Cry' was written about a couple I was once sitting next to where the boy was constantly asking his girlfriend, 'Is that a yes?' (To them staying together). I try to create a different style for each track I produce. I'm currently writing a funk track and Im hoping to release it as a single within the next few weeks", said the musician.

With his debut album being self-produced and a mixture of musical styles including an 80s type dance track (Don't Sit and Cry), a folk song (My Lover She Did Roam) and a song about lost love (Tell Truth To Me) - it naturally showcased what the musician termed as  that 'home produced' feel to it. Mark, whose wish is to continue making music that people can enjoy, believes that maybe it is time for someone else to produce his next musical offering.


Links:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-1PHtwHwu8
(Don't Sit and Cry). Audio only with on screen lyrics:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZ4UsxhFO4k

Don't sit and cry - Desirable Yet Disposable
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Don't sit and cry. Written by Mark Taylor (Desirable Yet Disposable). Available from the usual outlets: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dont-sit-and-cry/id...




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