Folk With a Side of Funk

The title of Benjamin Taylor’s latest album, “Legend of Kung Folk, Part 1 (The Killing Bite),” might be a little confusing,b ut what’s immediately clear when you listen to it, is Benjamin’s talent. His eclectic music is laced with sincere, witty, sometimes tongue-in-cheek lyrics, set against an acoustic-guitar backdrop. The combination is part folk, part rock and, as he would say, “the kick” of Kung. His voice is one you won’t grow tired of — just like the voices of Benjamin’s famous parents, Carly Simon and James Taylor. Benjamin’s impressive heritage can be heard in his music, but he’s no copycat. As a singer-songwriter, he has his own updated sound, style and contribution to make. After traveling the world and training in martial arts, he says “Kung Folk” reflects his personal, hybridized style. There’s both humor and honesty in his single “Wicked Way,” for example, which has been buzzed about since Benjamin’s lusty new video for the song was released this summer. The “Kung Folk” album was released by Iris Records, a label Benjamin started with session drummer Larry Cianci that puts him at the helm of artistic navigation. His upbeat music and smart lyrics are refreshingly different — and well worth adding to your playlist. Buy it now on iTunes!

Benjamin Taylor - CD

The Legend of Kung Folk

Folk With a Side of Funk

The title of Benjamin Taylor’s latest album, “Legend of Kung Folk, Part 1 (The Killing Bite),” might be a little confusing,b ut what’s immediately clear when you listen to it, is Benjamin’s talent. His eclectic music is laced with sincere, witty, sometimes tongue-in-cheek lyrics, set against an acoustic-guitar backdrop. The combination is part folk, part rock and, as he would say, “the kick” of Kung. His voice is one you won’t grow tired of — just like the voices of Benjamin’s famous parents, Carly Simon and James Taylor. Benjamin’s impressive heritage can be heard in his music, but he’s no copycat. As a singer-songwriter, he has his own updated sound, style and contribution to make. After traveling the world and training in martial arts, he says “Kung Folk” reflects his personal, hybridized style. There’s both humor and honesty in his single “Wicked Way,” for example, which has been buzzed about since Benjamin’s lusty new video for the song was released this summer. The “Kung Folk” album was released by Iris Records, a label Benjamin started with session drummer Larry Cianci that puts him at the helm of artistic navigation. His upbeat music and smart lyrics are refreshingly different — and well worth adding to your playlist. Buy it now on iTunes!

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Ben
    Ben

    My name is Benjamin Taylor. I am a regular fool, in the middle of rather an unusual adventure through time, space, art, love and KungFu in the shadow of a couple of musical Superstars.

    I am delighted that the Daily Grommet has elected to feature my story and some of my songs today and will be eager to discuss anything from overdue library books, to substance abuse dependency disorders. It could be a lot of fun. please tune in, have a listen and drop me a line.

  • Sara L.
    Sara L.
    9/28/2009 12:13 PM

    This video is so freaky (in a cool way). Great to discover you Ben - don't know your music and all and can see that that has to change!

  • danielle phillips
    danielle phillips
    9/28/2009 12:15 PM

    I had heard that you and your sister were musicians too - love your voice. Really distinctive. Are you going on tour?

  • Jana
    Jana
    9/28/2009 12:23 PM

    Another great find.. I'm looking forward to hearing more.

  • david p
    david p
    9/28/2009 12:34 PM

    LOVE this video - and the album looks great. Is this your first album?

  • Stan
    Stan
    9/28/2009 12:42 PM

    Ben - your cover of 'I Will' was my wedding song 10+ years ago. Better than The Beatles' original... Looking forward to hearing the new stuff.

  • Barbara
    Barbara – Grommet Team
    9/28/2009 12:54 PM

    @Ben, it's nice to meet you in this video. Love your music and know that Jules and Jeanne had a terrific time visiting with you. As many of us did, I grew up with your parents' music (you should hear the super-scary duet my best junior high friend and I can do of "Mockingbird"). Yikes!

    How did you come into your own style? And I wonder if you can tell us which musicians most inspire you (other than the 'rents, of course)?

  • tim s.
    tim s.
    9/28/2009 12:57 PM

    Would love to know what's on your iPod ...?

  • Amy Henson
    Amy Henson
    9/28/2009 12:59 PM

    Who are those women in the video? They're gorgeous. Makes me think of a cross between the Micheal Jackson Black & White video, or that "Addicted to Love" video with the freaky girls. Was that intentional, were either videos an inspiration?

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    9/28/2009 1:02 PM

    One part of our visit with Benjamin that ended up too long to make our video was spending some time in his studio, where he shared his latest work with us. It was fascinating to see him so enthused and, frankly, obsessed, with the new work....I appreciated seeing some of his innate passion and perfectionism directly, in that part of our visit. He was really conversational in the video--but in the studio he was listening really hard to the music, instead. You could almost see his brain moving at warp speed.

  • Jim
    Jim
    9/28/2009 1:07 PM

    What a great sound. Look forward to picking up this CD. Thanks Grommet for bringing it to my attention.

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    9/28/2009 1:14 PM

    Benjamin -- what a great sounding/looking video; I want to watch the whole video. And I'll be picking up the CD, as well. It sounds incredibly honest - thanks!

  • Benjamin
    Benjamin
    9/28/2009 1:23 PM

    Thanks Wendy. I'm glad you likes. you can catch the whole video on my website at www.bentaylormusic.com. Wicked way is not particularly indicative of the rest of the material on the album. More just a song to relieve some of the pressure of being one of these self serious, sensitive, singer, songwriters.

    Thanks for listening.

    -breezy

  • benjamin
    benjamin
    9/28/2009 1:51 PM

    Wow, it's so nice to read all this feedback. thank you all for being so lovely. to answer a lot of these questions in one comment sounds like: No david, this is my third album and I've actually already got 4 and 5 in the bag to the point where if I happen to spontaneously combust on stage one night, my friends and family would be able to complete all the work in my absence.

    I am off on a UK and EU tour tomorrow. it will take me everywhere from berlin to Denmark. I hate days off on the road (not enough time to get to know a place, and no better way to get to know it quick than playing a concert for for some of the members of it's community). when I get home for the holidays, my first priority is to finish some recording with my sister (she is the one who actually got all the talent even though she's never realized it).

    in anticipation of long hours in a car, rolling through the english countryside with my friend Ollie, I am loading my iphone with audiobooks (the 700 gigabytes of music is on the fire-wire drive, in with the turn tables, just incase an occasion calls for dancing). My personal taste in listening music is quite different to the music I make. I don't know how it turned out that way, but recently I've been going bananas for John Forte's "Style Free" EP, and Saul williams's "the rise and inevitable liberation of Niggy Tardust"... I also like classics. everything from Stevie, to Sinatra to Nina Simone, to the beatles to Donny Hathoway... the list would be endless...

    The video for Wicked Way with all the beautiful girls in it was like a fairytale. I hate being infront of a camera, so we decided to see if we could get models to do it for me. I have to admit to this being the only video I've ever made that I can watch.

    I'm going to go record some guitar in my home-studio, but I'll be checking back in every 20 minutes or so. and I do appreciate your comments (so far)...

    -Breezy

  • Sammy B.
    Sammy B.
    9/28/2009 2:01 PM

    This is so cool. I've been listening to your parents music my whole life, but love that you've got your own style and excited to hear more from your sister too. Can't believe you were so gracious to let Daily Grommet take us into your home and hang out with you for awhile. You are a totally chill guy.

  • benjamin
    benjamin
    9/28/2009 2:10 PM

    thats what everyone says at first Sammy. I guess it's a good thing we didn't include the part of the segment where I drained the interviewers vital essence and feasted on their mortal souls.

  • Benjamin
    Benjamin
    9/28/2009 2:11 PM

    Just kidding about Souls and the essence. I just have a hard time dealing with compliments. Sorry.

  • Jeanne
    Jeanne – Grommet Team
    9/28/2009 2:18 PM

    Jules & I are in awe of your talent - had a great time hanging out with you and our mortal souls are still intact.

    So I'm hoping it's ok with you if we share our (very amateur) video of the brand new song you played for us - it's not on this album, in fact not even released yet: "So I can begin" (actually, I'm making up that title ... does it have a title yet Benjamin?? It's a song about his sister Sally's baby who was 1 month overdue, and it's from the baby's perspective "in utero").

  • Ace
    Ace
    9/28/2009 2:42 PM

    Thanks DG for introducing me to Ben Taylor - love the sound so far. Nice to hear something unique and fresh. I haven't spent any money on music in a while..that's about to change. Good luck in Europe Ben.

  • Mark
    Mark
    9/28/2009 2:51 PM

    Ben - fantastic sound, and very unique. You've made it to the top of my play list with Kung Folk...and looking forward to a release on So i can Begin. I never would have guessed that this was about a baby...knowing the "back story" makes the song that much more interesting. Same with Wicked Way.

    Thanks Grommet!!

  • tomas
    tomas
    9/28/2009 2:55 PM

    Are you going on tour in the US? Where can we see you. Love the song about the baby. Great sense of humor there. Such a serious sounding song, but you have to laugh. Kind of like this Wicked Way song; unexpected tune vs. lyrics

  • tomas
    tomas
    9/28/2009 2:58 PM

    hey; mark, you stole my comment!

  • Jill, Founder and Creator
    Jill, Founder and Creator
    9/28/2009 3:00 PM

    Ben, thanks so much for such a fun, candid and disarming look into your life and your music. I can't wait to dive into the album and am hoping you'll add a few local shows to your schedule when you return to the States. Safe travels!

  • tknowles
    tknowles
    9/28/2009 3:06 PM

    man, is there anyone in the Taylor clam who's NOT talented? I happen to be a longtime Livingstone fan. Do you ever play with your uncle?

  • beth
    beth
    9/28/2009 3:16 PM

    you must have had an incredible childhood. how old were you when you started to sing and play guitar?

  • Nan
    Nan
    9/28/2009 3:49 PM

    what's your favorite song on the album Benjamin? And do you ever listen to your own music or do you tend to move on?

  • Benjamin
    Benjamin
    9/28/2009 4:19 PM

    Howdy. I Do as much performing with my family as is possible to do given our busy schedules. As far as I can tell, I don't have any family members on either side who can't throw it down when it comes right down to it (please forgive the double negative. Matter of fact, I was so inundated by talent, I never even started accepting my own musicality until I was a teenager. Took me even longer to start singing and writing songs.

    I am looking forward to this year. I have a bunch of new songs to road test. and as soon as the holidays are over I'm going to Canvas the USA pretty heavily, along with the steady release of new music. I sincerely hope to catch up with y'all then. Please don' be a stranger if you end up at one of the shows (which will be posted on my sites within a couple of weeks).

    Thanks again for writing.

    -Breezy

  • Benjamin
    Benjamin
    9/28/2009 4:20 PM

    My favorite song on the album is probably After it's over. Sad one though...

  • carol
    carol
    9/28/2009 4:39 PM

    Ben you know i LOVE you and your music but i was let down by the vid for wicked way buddy, i just imagined it to be more fun than it was......SORRY!!!!!

  • Christine
    Christine
    9/28/2009 5:01 PM

    I love getting the inside scoop on your music from Daily Grommet. Other than your father, which other artists have inspired you most in your work? I love the outcome so am interested in hearing where you've drawn your inspiration from!

  • Christine
    Christine
    9/28/2009 5:02 PM

    sorry - I meant to say father and mother, of course ... !

  • Lisa VonH
    Lisa VonH
    9/28/2009 5:10 PM

    hey Ben - dont know if you remember this pink haired hippy that met you when you were in manchester (the lowry) - you were a bit under the weather that night - just wanted to say that your music is brilliant, and you, david, and larry were simply charming. give me another 12 months or so and i might just be asking if i can do a support for you,

    keep doing what you do, because what you do is mighty fine :)

    peace and pinkness,

    lisa

    x

  • Jess
    Jess
    9/28/2009 6:16 PM

    Hi Ben - I've been a big fan of yours since I saw you at Chop Suey in Seattle w/ Tristan Prettyman a while back. Love your music! Saw you at Triple Door earlier this year...was such a great show. Hope you'll play Triple Door again in the near future.

  • benjamin
    benjamin
    9/28/2009 7:01 PM

    I'm sorry the video wasn't more fun for you carol, maybe next time I'll get clowns instead of models. They try to be funny, but their particular brand of attractiveness is actually kind of an antidote for funny. There's a little bit of irony I wasn't expecting... which is in itself kind of funny and ironic... it's a vicious cycle you see...

  • Benjamin
    Benjamin
    9/28/2009 7:02 PM

    Thanks for asking Christine. Other than my mother and father, I think water may have been my primary influence. I have always admired the way it finds it's own level, and given time I don't know anything it won't cut through.

  • Benjamin
    Benjamin
    9/28/2009 7:05 PM

    Hey lisa, Nice to hear from you.

    I remember you because you matched the color scheme of the venue so well (the lowry being bright pink for those who haven't had the pleasure...)

    keep up the music.

    -Breezy

  • Benjamin
    Benjamin
    9/28/2009 7:07 PM

    Chop Suey and tripple door are both wicked Venues. I would gladly play either of them again, and hope to this winter when I come back to Seattle.

    -Breezy

  • Benjamin
    Benjamin
    9/28/2009 7:10 PM

    Okay, I'm just finally getting the idea. Sorry you guys, I'm not to internet savvy and I was sort of slow on the uptake... this site is actually really cool. I'm so excited to be a part of it.

    Thanks for the look you guys.

  • Jess
    Jess
    9/28/2009 7:38 PM

    Great! Glad to hear you'll be back soon. Triple Door gets my vote, but I'll follow wherever the music is playing. Take care and have fun in the UK & EU.

  • marie
    marie
    9/28/2009 8:18 PM

    Love your sound - great that you were interviewed by Daily Grommet , a site I love.

    Can't wait to hear the whole c.d.

  • Benjamin
    Benjamin
    9/28/2009 9:45 PM

    Thanks mcc. Great to have you listening.

    B

  • BeeBee
    BeeBee
    9/28/2009 10:39 PM

    Hey Ben, so great of you to do this. I've got all your stuff and looking forward to more. Would love to hear you live, though... Coming to Montreal any time soon??

  • nancy
    nancy
    9/29/2009 10:18 AM

    hey ben, listening to you and lovin' it for a few years now. your mom and dad, well, since forever. loved you and sal in chicago on the serenade tour. when is sally going to thrill us again with something new??? or too busy being mom now. bodhi, little doll!!

  • Lori
    Lori
    9/29/2009 10:25 AM

    Hi Ben just saw the interview and you were awesome. I always loved wicked way and love the video. I also love the wildnerness song. bessings lori

  • nancy
    nancy
    9/29/2009 10:39 AM

    hey ben, me again. just a suggestion, if touring the UK, The Edinburgh Playhouse is an amazing venue. saw your dad their last year. an old fashioned, quaint and warm atmosphere. think old wood and red velvet!! HEAVEN.

  • Jeff C
    Jeff C
    9/29/2009 1:08 PM

    Great sound, can't wait to listen to a full album! Thanks for sharing your music via Grommet.

  • OLLY
    OLLY
    9/29/2009 3:34 PM

    Hi Ben - Massive fan - I grew up listening to your old man and he has been a major part of my life - when my dad passed away two years ago we have "youve got a friend" and i was passed one of your albums at that funeral. From then on all i listen to is your albums!

    This Friday im seeing you live in Bath and cant wait i have bought 8 tickets and bringing them along to listen to your set. So exited and ive converted 8 of my mates to your vibe. Cant wait to see you - hope to catch a drink with you - show you the best in the west -

    Hope you sing "I try!" Cheers Olly Slym

  • musicfan
    musicfan
    9/29/2009 4:31 PM

    Hi Ben, really looking forward to seeing you in Oxford in a couple of days and hearing some of your great tunes from Kung Folk, and maybe some older and newer ones too? It won't be as cold as it was last time you visited, in January 2007, when there was snow on the ground and you said backstage was artic!

    Are you still operating your system of downloading from your computer onto USB sticks?

    See you on Thursday.

  • Tara
    Tara
    10/2/2009 2:31 PM

    Well I just "discovered" you a month ago and already my husband and kids are begging me for a little time off, but I can't help it your music is a delightfully soul filling balm! I know you don't care for the compliments but just let them wash over you like a gentle wave, it won't hurt, trust me.

    Anyway I see you are all over until Feb, but please come to Vancouver Canada sometime....Please! We are nice, the ocean is here, the mountins are here and you can even stay at our house if you want!! Bring david saw if you like, my husband is a Brit and would like someone to talk football with!

    Thanks for the great music!

  • tara
    tara
    10/4/2009 2:09 PM

    I am realizing that inviting you to stay at my house may come across as weird and stalker like instead of neighborly like its meant to. Sorry the last musician i wrote to to tell them how much I like their music was Donny Osmand and I was 9. I know that may seem like a bit of an insult but if you knew how highly I thought of him you would know it is a great compliment. Needless to say i am much out of practice......any way not a stalker, just a fan...invitation stands.

  • paula hootman
    paula hootman
    10/4/2009 11:14 PM

    Hey Ben!! When are you doing another Chicago gig! We would love to see you and of corse, supply you with your autograph markers! Taylor tradition lives on...when we were in Martha's Vineyard last summer for the 1st time (loved it) saw David in al ttle alley /street in front of a club and we said hello. He said you had played there the night before. Hoping you are going to come to Chicago in NICE weather and not when it is Freezing at Schuba's!

    Hello to your dad too !

    Paula

  • Jeanne
    Jeanne – Grommet Team
    10/5/2009 9:47 AM

    @tara - I'm still laughing at your Donny Osmond comment - "and they called it puppy love..."

    Thanks for posting all these great comments (and invitations @tara!) for Ben. Right now he's traveling around Europe to promote his album but he'll check in and get all your messages, so keep 'em coming!

  • musicfan
    musicfan
    10/5/2009 12:35 PM

    The show in Oxford last week was wonderful - it was so good to have you back in our home town after nearly two years' break. The lyrics for 'America' are really insightful, and that melody downright catchy. You always seem to be so relaxed and if you were at all nervous, it being the first show of the tour, it didn't show one bit. We really enjoyed the 'off the cuff banter' between songs. Thanks so much for coming to visit and all the best for the rest of the UK and European tour, and for the future.

  • Weedon100
    Weedon100
    10/12/2009 1:01 PM

    Hi Ben -saw you last night at Bush Hall - fantastc intimate venue, you sounded great and song choice wonderful. Your picking is pretty impressive - David also excellent and you two work together very well..You have all of the best attributes of your ma and pa!

    Enjoy the rest of the tour but please don't sell my email addy!

    J

  • littlescrubs
    littlescrubs
    10/12/2009 4:47 PM

    What was the name and author of that poem about stars you recited at the end of the gig at Bush Hall last night?

  • Jen
    Jen
    10/18/2009 11:13 AM

    Hey been listening to you for quite awhile. I love that no matter how I'm feeling, your music always seems to put me in a much better place. I'm glad you are out there sharing the beauty that exists without question inside of you. Now since I don't write to musicians and you have already said you don't take compliments well, I suppose I have caused a sufficient level of discomfort. So thank you for creating music :)

  • Kay
    Kay
    10/23/2009 4:36 AM

    Hey Ben - really enjoyed the show at The Musician in Leicester last night. Enjoy Europe and come back to see us again soon.

  • Anu
    Anu
    10/31/2009 3:38 PM

    Hi Ben, I just wanted to write and tell you that I absolutely love your music. I recently discovered it through the show American Dreams, and I am so glad I did! Your work has such an original feel to it... the poetry in the lyrics is so nice, I feel like I could listen to it all day (btw did you know January babies are supposedly born poets; well I'm hoping one of these days my hidden poetic talents will suddenly reveal themselves too =P). I think the best part about you is that you are very real as an artiste and people feel like they just stumbled upon some exceptional stuff - its that feeling of accidentally discovering something wonderful and that makes it very special and personal.

    I've been looking for some of the Beatles covers you performed for American Dreams but had no luck with that.

    I was wondering if you would be performing in Singapore / India at any point? =) Please, please come to Singapore if you can? I have been watching videos of your performances and I think they are brrillliant!

    From the comments before this, I understand that you're shy about the compliments but I just had to tell you all this! sorry

    That's it for now. Thanks for the wonderful music..! :)

  • Birgit
    Birgit
    11/2/2009 9:13 AM

    Hi Ben, saw you last saturday in Antwerp, front row at the Heather Nova performance! I was there with my father and sister. My father baught your cd, so we will definitely discuss your lovely music shortly! Thanx for the great performance!

  • Yvette
    Yvette
    11/15/2009 6:17 AM

    Thank you for a great evening in Stockholm!! I really enjoyed your music and lyrics and the duet you did with Heather Nova was a real nice surprise to the evening. Had a wonderful evening and I look forward discovering more of your music. Enjoy the rest of the tour.

    Take care/ Yvette

  • Joy
    Joy
    11/16/2009 7:29 AM

    Hi,

    I went to the Heather Nova concert in Oslo yesterday, and made a new musical discovery. You! Thank you for an outstanding performance. Great voice, beautiful songs and intelligent lyrics. Your little stories and funny comments together with the great music made it a very personal and intimate performance which I think the audience appreciated very much. I have always been a huge fan of the duet with Heather and Eskobar, but your performance with her on the same song was mindblowing! So again, "thank you for the music", from a new fan in Norway!We hope you'll come back soon :-)

  • Lotte
    Lotte
    11/16/2009 7:30 AM

    Thank you so much for an amazing and beautiful concert in Oslo last night!

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Benjamin Taylor - CD

The Legend of Kung Folk

Folk With a Side of Funk

The title of Benjamin Taylor’s latest album, “Legend of Kung Folk, Part 1 (The Killing Bite),” might be a little confusing,b ut what’s immediately clear when you listen to it, is Benjamin’s talent. His eclectic music is laced with sincere, witty, sometimes tongue-in-cheek lyrics, set against an acoustic-guitar backdrop. The combination is part folk, part rock and, as he would say, “the kick” of Kung.

His voice is one you won’t grow tired of — just like the voices of Benjamin’s famous parents, Carly Simon and James
Taylor. Benjamin’s impressive heritage can be heard in his music, but he’s no copycat. As a singer-songwriter, he has his own updated sound, style and contribution to make. After traveling the world and training in martial arts, he says “Kung Folk” reflects his personal, hybridized style. There’s both humor and honesty in his single “Wicked Way,” for example, which has been buzzed about since Benjamin’s lusty new video for the song was released this summer.

The “Kung Folk” album was released by Iris Records, a label Benjamin started with session drummer Larry Cianci that puts him at the helm of artistic navigation. His upbeat music and smart lyrics are refreshingly different — and well worth adding to your playlist.

Buy it now on iTunes!
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Ben
    Ben

    My name is Benjamin Taylor. I am a regular fool, in the middle of rather an unusual adventure through time, space, art, love and KungFu in the shadow of a couple of musical Superstars.

    I am delighted that the Daily Grommet has elected to feature my story and some of my songs today and will be eager to discuss anything from overdue library books, to substance abuse dependency disorders. It could be a lot of fun. please tune in, have a listen and drop me a line.

  • Sara L.
    Sara L.
    9/28/2009 12:13 PM

    This video is so freaky (in a cool way). Great to discover you Ben - don't know your music and all and can see that that has to change!

  • danielle phillips
    danielle phillips
    9/28/2009 12:15 PM

    I had heard that you and your sister were musicians too - love your voice. Really distinctive. Are you going on tour?

  • Jana
    Jana
    9/28/2009 12:23 PM

    Another great find.. I'm looking forward to hearing more.

  • david p
    david p
    9/28/2009 12:34 PM

    LOVE this video - and the album looks great. Is this your first album?

  • Stan
    Stan
    9/28/2009 12:42 PM

    Ben - your cover of 'I Will' was my wedding song 10+ years ago. Better than The Beatles' original... Looking forward to hearing the new stuff.

  • Barbara
    Barbara – Grommet Team
    9/28/2009 12:54 PM

    @Ben, it's nice to meet you in this video. Love your music and know that Jules and Jeanne had a terrific time visiting with you. As many of us did, I grew up with your parents' music (you should hear the super-scary duet my best junior high friend and I can do of "Mockingbird"). Yikes!

    How did you come into your own style? And I wonder if you can tell us which musicians most inspire you (other than the 'rents, of course)?

  • tim s.
    tim s.
    9/28/2009 12:57 PM

    Would love to know what's on your iPod ...?

  • Amy Henson
    Amy Henson
    9/28/2009 12:59 PM

    Who are those women in the video? They're gorgeous. Makes me think of a cross between the Micheal Jackson Black & White video, or that "Addicted to Love" video with the freaky girls. Was that intentional, were either videos an inspiration?

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    9/28/2009 1:02 PM

    One part of our visit with Benjamin that ended up too long to make our video was spending some time in his studio, where he shared his latest work with us. It was fascinating to see him so enthused and, frankly, obsessed, with the new work....I appreciated seeing some of his innate passion and perfectionism directly, in that part of our visit. He was really conversational in the video--but in the studio he was listening really hard to the music, instead. You could almost see his brain moving at warp speed.

  • Jim
    Jim
    9/28/2009 1:07 PM

    What a great sound. Look forward to picking up this CD. Thanks Grommet for bringing it to my attention.

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    9/28/2009 1:14 PM

    Benjamin -- what a great sounding/looking video; I want to watch the whole video. And I'll be picking up the CD, as well. It sounds incredibly honest - thanks!

  • Benjamin
    Benjamin
    9/28/2009 1:23 PM

    Thanks Wendy. I'm glad you likes. you can catch the whole video on my website at www.bentaylormusic.com. Wicked way is not particularly indicative of the rest of the material on the album. More just a song to relieve some of the pressure of being one of these self serious, sensitive, singer, songwriters.

    Thanks for listening.

    -breezy

  • benjamin
    benjamin
    9/28/2009 1:51 PM

    Wow, it's so nice to read all this feedback. thank you all for being so lovely. to answer a lot of these questions in one comment sounds like: No david, this is my third album and I've actually already got 4 and 5 in the bag to the point where if I happen to spontaneously combust on stage one night, my friends and family would be able to complete all the work in my absence.

    I am off on a UK and EU tour tomorrow. it will take me everywhere from berlin to Denmark. I hate days off on the road (not enough time to get to know a place, and no better way to get to know it quick than playing a concert for for some of the members of it's community). when I get home for the holidays, my first priority is to finish some recording with my sister (she is the one who actually got all the talent even though she's never realized it).

    in anticipation of long hours in a car, rolling through the english countryside with my friend Ollie, I am loading my iphone with audiobooks (the 700 gigabytes of music is on the fire-wire drive, in with the turn tables, just incase an occasion calls for dancing). My personal taste in listening music is quite different to the music I make. I don't know how it turned out that way, but recently I've been going bananas for John Forte's "Style Free" EP, and Saul williams's "the rise and inevitable liberation of Niggy Tardust"... I also like classics. everything from Stevie, to Sinatra to Nina Simone, to the beatles to Donny Hathoway... the list would be endless...

    The video for Wicked Way with all the beautiful girls in it was like a fairytale. I hate being infront of a camera, so we decided to see if we could get models to do it for me. I have to admit to this being the only video I've ever made that I can watch.

    I'm going to go record some guitar in my home-studio, but I'll be checking back in every 20 minutes or so. and I do appreciate your comments (so far)...

    -Breezy

  • Sammy B.
    Sammy B.
    9/28/2009 2:01 PM

    This is so cool. I've been listening to your parents music my whole life, but love that you've got your own style and excited to hear more from your sister too. Can't believe you were so gracious to let Daily Grommet take us into your home and hang out with you for awhile. You are a totally chill guy.

  • benjamin
    benjamin
    9/28/2009 2:10 PM

    thats what everyone says at first Sammy. I guess it's a good thing we didn't include the part of the segment where I drained the interviewers vital essence and feasted on their mortal souls.

  • Benjamin
    Benjamin
    9/28/2009 2:11 PM

    Just kidding about Souls and the essence. I just have a hard time dealing with compliments. Sorry.

  • Jeanne
    Jeanne – Grommet Team
    9/28/2009 2:18 PM

    Jules & I are in awe of your talent - had a great time hanging out with you and our mortal souls are still intact.

    So I'm hoping it's ok with you if we share our (very amateur) video of the brand new song you played for us - it's not on this album, in fact not even released yet: "So I can begin" (actually, I'm making up that title ... does it have a title yet Benjamin?? It's a song about his sister Sally's baby who was 1 month overdue, and it's from the baby's perspective "in utero").

  • Ace
    Ace
    9/28/2009 2:42 PM

    Thanks DG for introducing me to Ben Taylor - love the sound so far. Nice to hear something unique and fresh. I haven't spent any money on music in a while..that's about to change. Good luck in Europe Ben.

  • Mark
    Mark
    9/28/2009 2:51 PM

    Ben - fantastic sound, and very unique. You've made it to the top of my play list with Kung Folk...and looking forward to a release on So i can Begin. I never would have guessed that this was about a baby...knowing the "back story" makes the song that much more interesting. Same with Wicked Way.

    Thanks Grommet!!

  • tomas
    tomas
    9/28/2009 2:55 PM

    Are you going on tour in the US? Where can we see you. Love the song about the baby. Great sense of humor there. Such a serious sounding song, but you have to laugh. Kind of like this Wicked Way song; unexpected tune vs. lyrics

  • tomas
    tomas
    9/28/2009 2:58 PM

    hey; mark, you stole my comment!

  • Jill, Founder and Creator
    Jill, Founder and Creator
    9/28/2009 3:00 PM

    Ben, thanks so much for such a fun, candid and disarming look into your life and your music. I can't wait to dive into the album and am hoping you'll add a few local shows to your schedule when you return to the States. Safe travels!

  • tknowles
    tknowles
    9/28/2009 3:06 PM

    man, is there anyone in the Taylor clam who's NOT talented? I happen to be a longtime Livingstone fan. Do you ever play with your uncle?

  • beth
    beth
    9/28/2009 3:16 PM

    you must have had an incredible childhood. how old were you when you started to sing and play guitar?

  • Nan
    Nan
    9/28/2009 3:49 PM

    what's your favorite song on the album Benjamin? And do you ever listen to your own music or do you tend to move on?

  • Benjamin
    Benjamin
    9/28/2009 4:19 PM

    Howdy. I Do as much performing with my family as is possible to do given our busy schedules. As far as I can tell, I don't have any family members on either side who can't throw it down when it comes right down to it (please forgive the double negative. Matter of fact, I was so inundated by talent, I never even started accepting my own musicality until I was a teenager. Took me even longer to start singing and writing songs.

    I am looking forward to this year. I have a bunch of new songs to road test. and as soon as the holidays are over I'm going to Canvas the USA pretty heavily, along with the steady release of new music. I sincerely hope to catch up with y'all then. Please don' be a stranger if you end up at one of the shows (which will be posted on my sites within a couple of weeks).

    Thanks again for writing.

    -Breezy

  • Benjamin
    Benjamin
    9/28/2009 4:20 PM

    My favorite song on the album is probably After it's over. Sad one though...

  • carol
    carol
    9/28/2009 4:39 PM

    Ben you know i LOVE you and your music but i was let down by the vid for wicked way buddy, i just imagined it to be more fun than it was......SORRY!!!!!

  • Christine
    Christine
    9/28/2009 5:01 PM

    I love getting the inside scoop on your music from Daily Grommet. Other than your father, which other artists have inspired you most in your work? I love the outcome so am interested in hearing where you've drawn your inspiration from!

  • Christine
    Christine
    9/28/2009 5:02 PM

    sorry - I meant to say father and mother, of course ... !

  • Lisa VonH
    Lisa VonH
    9/28/2009 5:10 PM

    hey Ben - dont know if you remember this pink haired hippy that met you when you were in manchester (the lowry) - you were a bit under the weather that night - just wanted to say that your music is brilliant, and you, david, and larry were simply charming. give me another 12 months or so and i might just be asking if i can do a support for you,

    keep doing what you do, because what you do is mighty fine :)

    peace and pinkness,

    lisa

    x

  • Jess
    Jess
    9/28/2009 6:16 PM

    Hi Ben - I've been a big fan of yours since I saw you at Chop Suey in Seattle w/ Tristan Prettyman a while back. Love your music! Saw you at Triple Door earlier this year...was such a great show. Hope you'll play Triple Door again in the near future.

  • benjamin
    benjamin
    9/28/2009 7:01 PM

    I'm sorry the video wasn't more fun for you carol, maybe next time I'll get clowns instead of models. They try to be funny, but their particular brand of attractiveness is actually kind of an antidote for funny. There's a little bit of irony I wasn't expecting... which is in itself kind of funny and ironic... it's a vicious cycle you see...

  • Benjamin
    Benjamin
    9/28/2009 7:02 PM

    Thanks for asking Christine. Other than my mother and father, I think water may have been my primary influence. I have always admired the way it finds it's own level, and given time I don't know anything it won't cut through.

  • Benjamin
    Benjamin
    9/28/2009 7:05 PM

    Hey lisa, Nice to hear from you.

    I remember you because you matched the color scheme of the venue so well (the lowry being bright pink for those who haven't had the pleasure...)

    keep up the music.

    -Breezy

  • Benjamin
    Benjamin
    9/28/2009 7:07 PM

    Chop Suey and tripple door are both wicked Venues. I would gladly play either of them again, and hope to this winter when I come back to Seattle.

    -Breezy

  • Benjamin
    Benjamin
    9/28/2009 7:10 PM

    Okay, I'm just finally getting the idea. Sorry you guys, I'm not to internet savvy and I was sort of slow on the uptake... this site is actually really cool. I'm so excited to be a part of it.

    Thanks for the look you guys.

  • Jess
    Jess
    9/28/2009 7:38 PM

    Great! Glad to hear you'll be back soon. Triple Door gets my vote, but I'll follow wherever the music is playing. Take care and have fun in the UK & EU.

  • marie
    marie
    9/28/2009 8:18 PM

    Love your sound - great that you were interviewed by Daily Grommet , a site I love.

    Can't wait to hear the whole c.d.

  • Benjamin
    Benjamin
    9/28/2009 9:45 PM

    Thanks mcc. Great to have you listening.

    B

  • BeeBee
    BeeBee
    9/28/2009 10:39 PM

    Hey Ben, so great of you to do this. I've got all your stuff and looking forward to more. Would love to hear you live, though... Coming to Montreal any time soon??

  • nancy
    nancy
    9/29/2009 10:18 AM

    hey ben, listening to you and lovin' it for a few years now. your mom and dad, well, since forever. loved you and sal in chicago on the serenade tour. when is sally going to thrill us again with something new??? or too busy being mom now. bodhi, little doll!!

  • Lori
    Lori
    9/29/2009 10:25 AM

    Hi Ben just saw the interview and you were awesome. I always loved wicked way and love the video. I also love the wildnerness song. bessings lori

  • nancy
    nancy
    9/29/2009 10:39 AM

    hey ben, me again. just a suggestion, if touring the UK, The Edinburgh Playhouse is an amazing venue. saw your dad their last year. an old fashioned, quaint and warm atmosphere. think old wood and red velvet!! HEAVEN.

  • Jeff C
    Jeff C
    9/29/2009 1:08 PM

    Great sound, can't wait to listen to a full album! Thanks for sharing your music via Grommet.

  • OLLY
    OLLY
    9/29/2009 3:34 PM

    Hi Ben - Massive fan - I grew up listening to your old man and he has been a major part of my life - when my dad passed away two years ago we have "youve got a friend" and i was passed one of your albums at that funeral. From then on all i listen to is your albums!

    This Friday im seeing you live in Bath and cant wait i have bought 8 tickets and bringing them along to listen to your set. So exited and ive converted 8 of my mates to your vibe. Cant wait to see you - hope to catch a drink with you - show you the best in the west -

    Hope you sing "I try!" Cheers Olly Slym

  • musicfan
    musicfan
    9/29/2009 4:31 PM

    Hi Ben, really looking forward to seeing you in Oxford in a couple of days and hearing some of your great tunes from Kung Folk, and maybe some older and newer ones too? It won't be as cold as it was last time you visited, in January 2007, when there was snow on the ground and you said backstage was artic!

    Are you still operating your system of downloading from your computer onto USB sticks?

    See you on Thursday.

  • Tara
    Tara
    10/2/2009 2:31 PM

    Well I just "discovered" you a month ago and already my husband and kids are begging me for a little time off, but I can't help it your music is a delightfully soul filling balm! I know you don't care for the compliments but just let them wash over you like a gentle wave, it won't hurt, trust me.

    Anyway I see you are all over until Feb, but please come to Vancouver Canada sometime....Please! We are nice, the ocean is here, the mountins are here and you can even stay at our house if you want!! Bring david saw if you like, my husband is a Brit and would like someone to talk football with!

    Thanks for the great music!

  • tara
    tara
    10/4/2009 2:09 PM

    I am realizing that inviting you to stay at my house may come across as weird and stalker like instead of neighborly like its meant to. Sorry the last musician i wrote to to tell them how much I like their music was Donny Osmand and I was 9. I know that may seem like a bit of an insult but if you knew how highly I thought of him you would know it is a great compliment. Needless to say i am much out of practice......any way not a stalker, just a fan...invitation stands.

  • paula hootman
    paula hootman
    10/4/2009 11:14 PM

    Hey Ben!! When are you doing another Chicago gig! We would love to see you and of corse, supply you with your autograph markers! Taylor tradition lives on...when we were in Martha's Vineyard last summer for the 1st time (loved it) saw David in al ttle alley /street in front of a club and we said hello. He said you had played there the night before. Hoping you are going to come to Chicago in NICE weather and not when it is Freezing at Schuba's!

    Hello to your dad too !

    Paula

  • Jeanne
    Jeanne – Grommet Team
    10/5/2009 9:47 AM

    @tara - I'm still laughing at your Donny Osmond comment - "and they called it puppy love..."

    Thanks for posting all these great comments (and invitations @tara!) for Ben. Right now he's traveling around Europe to promote his album but he'll check in and get all your messages, so keep 'em coming!

  • musicfan
    musicfan
    10/5/2009 12:35 PM

    The show in Oxford last week was wonderful - it was so good to have you back in our home town after nearly two years' break. The lyrics for 'America' are really insightful, and that melody downright catchy. You always seem to be so relaxed and if you were at all nervous, it being the first show of the tour, it didn't show one bit. We really enjoyed the 'off the cuff banter' between songs. Thanks so much for coming to visit and all the best for the rest of the UK and European tour, and for the future.

  • Weedon100
    Weedon100
    10/12/2009 1:01 PM

    Hi Ben -saw you last night at Bush Hall - fantastc intimate venue, you sounded great and song choice wonderful. Your picking is pretty impressive - David also excellent and you two work together very well..You have all of the best attributes of your ma and pa!

    Enjoy the rest of the tour but please don't sell my email addy!

    J

  • littlescrubs
    littlescrubs
    10/12/2009 4:47 PM

    What was the name and author of that poem about stars you recited at the end of the gig at Bush Hall last night?

  • Jen
    Jen
    10/18/2009 11:13 AM

    Hey been listening to you for quite awhile. I love that no matter how I'm feeling, your music always seems to put me in a much better place. I'm glad you are out there sharing the beauty that exists without question inside of you. Now since I don't write to musicians and you have already said you don't take compliments well, I suppose I have caused a sufficient level of discomfort. So thank you for creating music :)

  • Kay
    Kay
    10/23/2009 4:36 AM

    Hey Ben - really enjoyed the show at The Musician in Leicester last night. Enjoy Europe and come back to see us again soon.

  • Anu
    Anu
    10/31/2009 3:38 PM

    Hi Ben, I just wanted to write and tell you that I absolutely love your music. I recently discovered it through the show American Dreams, and I am so glad I did! Your work has such an original feel to it... the poetry in the lyrics is so nice, I feel like I could listen to it all day (btw did you know January babies are supposedly born poets; well I'm hoping one of these days my hidden poetic talents will suddenly reveal themselves too =P). I think the best part about you is that you are very real as an artiste and people feel like they just stumbled upon some exceptional stuff - its that feeling of accidentally discovering something wonderful and that makes it very special and personal.

    I've been looking for some of the Beatles covers you performed for American Dreams but had no luck with that.

    I was wondering if you would be performing in Singapore / India at any point? =) Please, please come to Singapore if you can? I have been watching videos of your performances and I think they are brrillliant!

    From the comments before this, I understand that you're shy about the compliments but I just had to tell you all this! sorry

    That's it for now. Thanks for the wonderful music..! :)

  • Birgit
    Birgit
    11/2/2009 9:13 AM

    Hi Ben, saw you last saturday in Antwerp, front row at the Heather Nova performance! I was there with my father and sister. My father baught your cd, so we will definitely discuss your lovely music shortly! Thanx for the great performance!

  • Yvette
    Yvette
    11/15/2009 6:17 AM

    Thank you for a great evening in Stockholm!! I really enjoyed your music and lyrics and the duet you did with Heather Nova was a real nice surprise to the evening. Had a wonderful evening and I look forward discovering more of your music. Enjoy the rest of the tour.

    Take care/ Yvette

  • Joy
    Joy
    11/16/2009 7:29 AM

    Hi,

    I went to the Heather Nova concert in Oslo yesterday, and made a new musical discovery. You! Thank you for an outstanding performance. Great voice, beautiful songs and intelligent lyrics. Your little stories and funny comments together with the great music made it a very personal and intimate performance which I think the audience appreciated very much. I have always been a huge fan of the duet with Heather and Eskobar, but your performance with her on the same song was mindblowing! So again, "thank you for the music", from a new fan in Norway!We hope you'll come back soon :-)

  • Lotte
    Lotte
    11/16/2009 7:30 AM

    Thank you so much for an amazing and beautiful concert in Oslo last night!

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