Brazil born songwriter Eric Taylor Escudero is one of those talents who can’t help but turn heads. A deep, haunting sound, married to a unique and compelling vocal, his music certainly has a knack for getting under your skin. You can hear a taster from his new album ‘We Were Young and It Was Morning’ below, and get to know the man himself in our exclusive interview.
Where and when did you first discover your interest in music?
I discovered my interest in music from and early age. There was always music on in my parent’s house. My dad loves The Beatles so it was a regular soundtrack. At the age of 10 I bought my first record, which was Oasis´ ‘Be Here Now’ and well, the rest is history.
What are your main ambitions in the industry?
I hope to play my music to as many people as possible and perform at as many places as possible. In a world with so many albums released and so many bands competing for space, delivering your music to your audience can be very hard.
When did you start writing your own songs/music?
I started at around 13, writing songs as jokes. Then I started to take it seriously at 15 /16 years old.
What would you say is your music career highlight to date?
Well, I really enjoyed playing in Denmark and Austria. Recording the album in Austin was really fun too.
Who will we hear in your songs? What are your influences?
Mostly folk and rock artists. I really like Roddy Woomble (Idlewild), Bright Eyes, Johnny Flynn and Sigur Rós. I’ve also been listening to bands like Oasis, Radiohead and Death Cab For Cutie for a very long time. The Beatles are also a major influence, but then again, almost anyone could say that!
What’s the most important thing you’d want to tell people about your current release?
This is the work of years. The songs have been written and rewritten, arranged and re-arranged. Everything was done with the most care. I truly believe that this is a unique album with unique sounds and lyrics. I hope really people will like it.
Who else can you recommend from your genre or local area for people to have a listen to?
From my area, I can recommend Tom Jobim. He’s not new at all, but he’s probably my favorite Brazilian songwriter of all time. Rodrigo Amarante is another songwriter who is really good.
- Any gigs coming up?
Nothing in Britain for now, I hope to tour the UK next year.
- Where can we find/follow you online?
My oficial website is http://erictaylor.com.br
I’m also on Facebook: http://facebook.com/erictaylorescudero
And Instagram: @erictaylorescudero