Jonny Taylor is incredibly pleased to share the arrival of his new album Dig Deep, an eclectic yet cohesive collection of songs balancing on the edge of the contemporary rock with a hint of grunge and a pinch of hard country. Debuting at #3 on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter chart and four years in the making since Jonny’s debut Something to Say landed in the ARIA charts, Dig Deep is loaded with classic songwriting throughout, spearheaded by the thoughtfully penned and guitar driven single Diamonds.
How would you describe your journey in the music industry so far, and where do you want to go from here with your music?
My journey has been one hell of an adventure. A massive learning curve and an amazing opportunity to travel Australia. If I can keep building my fan base to a point where I can sell good ticket numbers anywhere in Aus at any given time, that would be a great outcome.
When did you know you wanted to make music and perform as your career?
Ever since an early teen I wanted to be a rocker like my big brother. But it wasn’t really till about 19 or 20 that I actually got serious about music and started working hard to make it happen.
Who have been your musical influences through life?
I grew up listening to my big brothers tape collection (then CDs eventually) which consisted of Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains etc, so loved the energy and attitude in the 90s Seattle grunge, but later after discovering songwriters like James Blundell, I was more attracted to writing songs with more of a storytelling nature.
Are there any artist’s or musicians that you have been so impacted by that it changed your view on life or mentality?
Yeah, a couple in particular. I met the singer of one of my favourite bands, who then went on to dabble in some cool solo music, and I was mortified at how rude and arrogant the guy was. Have never listened to his music since.
Then a few weeks later I met Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam and he was totally kind, humble, and generous with his time. Those two encounters made it extremely obvious to me which kind of guy I’d rather be, and what impact your interactions with fans can have on their loyalty to your music.
How would you describe your sound, and why is it unique from other artist’s sound?
I usually call it gruntry- a cross between country rock and grunge. I guess it’s adult contemporary to rock but there is something in there that connects with country audiences too. Always so hard to categorise, but I think just being genuine in the vocal delivery is what connects to country audiences rather than the actual vibe of the music. There are no banjos or fiddles in this record! Haha
What can fans expect from your upcoming Australian tour?
A whole heap of honesty. Obviously showcasing the material off Dig Deep but I also like to do a few versions of my favourite songs of other artists. I feel that’s as much a part of me as my own music sometimes. There will also be more guitar solos than people might think 😉
After touring Australia what is next for 2018?
I’ve been renovating a beautiful on 1920s house in the West Australian Wheatbelt. I’m really looking forward to getting stuck int that, and I dare say I’ll be writing for the next project during renovations. Actually, it was when I renovating our last house that Dig Deep was virtually written in its entirety, so I find construction brings out my creative side.
If you weren’t working in the music industry, what else do you think you would be doing with your life right now?
I don’t know and I don’t want to think about it! Haha. It would be something in construction, but I know I’d be coming home complaining of a sore back and splinters haha.
What’s one song fans might be surprised you really like?
Pretty much anything by Michael Jackson. That guy’s music was something else!
Oh, and I was hooked on Carly Rae-Jepsen ‘Call Me Maybe’ a while back. Bassline cranks!
Do you have one performance that stands out so far as being your favourite, or most memorable?
Yeah, I did a couple of support shows for Leo Sayer around WA and Bunbury and Albany Ent Centres. Unbelievable shows. You could hear a pin drop and I took a gamble and sang some of my more heartfelt ballads. The audience was bawling (me too), and to me, that’s about as special as it gets.
Lastly, just for fun – If you had to eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
I want to say Indian food. My stomach would disagree though!
Haha, Indian is one of my favourites too. Thanks for catching up to answer our ‘AMNplify Snapshot’.
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