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INTERVIEW: Taylor Jahn

Hi Taylor, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hi! Thank you so much for taking the time to interview me. It’s a pleasure to be here. I’ve been very well! Very busy, but in all the best ways. My album released a couple weeks ago, my single “Hide Away” has been tracking well, and I had a fantastic album release show at the Hotel Cafe last week!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Hide Away”?

My latest single, “Hide Away,” is a piece about finding the strength within oneself to take on the world when things get tough. We’re all constantly in the rat-race of society, trying to push ahead and forge on to achieve our goals and dreams, and, at times, it’s easy to get lost in all that. I wrote “Hide Away” almost as a conversation within myself, to be a reminder that I do have the strength to rise up and succeed. I hope that message reaches other people, as well!

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

There wasn’t necessarily a single event that inspired “Hide Away,” but rather there was a period in my life that I felt a bit lost and overwhelmed. Shortly after moving to Los Angeles, life got to be a lot. Having to work to afford to produce music, to pay rent, to have a car, to live; it felt as though I was in the middle of a whirlwind and needed to be grounded. “Hide Away” arose out of a chord progression I was ruminating on, and in sitting with the tune for a bit, it evolved into what I feel is a very anthemic and inspiring piece.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I actually have a video for the single out already! It released a couple weeks after I dropped the single, and has received some great feedback. I shot the video at FD Photo Studios in Downtown LA, and had the best time conceptualizing it. Check it out on YouTube, or on my website, www.taylorjahn.com!

Why naming the album after this track in particular?

I named the album after the lead single, “Hide Away,” because it’s the song that speaks to me most. It was also the first track I wrote from the EP. An insider detail, as well, is that I grew up on a street called Hideaway Lane. It’s kind of a full circle thing that the song that makes me feel at home happens to share the same name as where I grew up!

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process was awesome, as it started very organically on the piano and then culminated to the final version through the production of the piece. I like to write from progressions that I create on the keys, after which I will find the top line melody and then see where the lyrics take me (if I don’t already have an idea in mind). I worked with John Coggins, an amazing producer and good friend, and we decided the lush and sonically enveloping production on the piece would be best to really hit the message home. Recording the vocals was done in a single afternoon, actually in John’s living room, and was great. We added in some layers and background harmonies as the production progressed, over the next couple of days, where we felt they were either needed or enhanced the song.

From all the decades, what is it about the 60s that fascinates you so much?

That’s an interesting question! I love the 60s because it was a time of discovery, change and evolution, in both music and society at large. Things were changing, people were going through a bit of an enlightenment with their thinking and expression, and pace-setters were becoming prominent. As such, it was a period of transition that led us from more traditional sounds in the world of music to the creation of more experience-driven sounds and song topics. People were speaking their minds more and more, and that was truly reflected in the music that came out of that decade.

How has Oregon influence your music?

Oregon has influenced my music in the way of making sure my songs are personal and from the heart. I am very fortunate to come from a large and very close family, all of whom love and support each other. They push me to reach for my dreams and keep me grounded in love, and I think that comes through in the work I put out. Oregon is home, it’s honest, it’s special, and I want people to experience those same feelings and emotions when they listen to my songs.

What aspect of your life did you get to explore on this material?

I got to experience a lot when I wrote this album, but mostly is was an opportunity for me to self-reflect and put those feelings into words and music. Love, loss, realizing strength, making sure others knew how I felt about them being in my life. All these pieces are on the EP, and I feel very lucky to have been able to produce these songs and share them.

Any plans to hit the road?

I don’t currently have any plans to hit the road, but am working on putting together more shows in the LA area to help spread the word about the record. If you’re in town, you should come by! I also do National Anthem spots for major sports teams, such as the Clippers and the Dodgers, so I’m hoping more of those opportunities come my way.

What else is happening next in Taylor Jahn’s world?

I’m always writing, and conceptualizing. I sometimes think too much about the future to experience and appreciate the present, so I’m using this time to gather myself and appreciate what I’ve released. There will be new music being produced later in the year, but for now I’m working on making sure the word on “Hide Away” is being spread far and wide!

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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