Musicians create their lives around the scenes they live in. It can take years to build the connections you need to become successful in a scene. Alex Taylor recently moved to the DC area from New Jersey, leaving behind his bands, connections and favorite venues. We spoke about the transition down the east coast and what he hopes to gain from the move.
How did you originally get involved in music?
I grew up listening to and idolizing Kurt Cobain and John Lennon. [I] would spend hours in my room just trying to play along with them on guitar. It wasn't until high school that I got decent at making music, though, thanks to my cousin sitting me down and actually helping me learn how to play.
Were you involved in the New Jersey scene?
During my freshman and sophomore years of high school I played shows almost every week, if not two or three times a week in the summer. Venues like The Test Tube, Skaters Choice, Hanger 84, The Jumpzone, and The Grand Formage were places that were kind enough to give my band a place to grow when we were just starting out.
What instruments do you play?
Guitar, bass, piano, trumpet and drums.
What’s a significant challenge moving from New Jersey to DC?
Mostly coming out of my comfort zone. I went from knowing almost everyone in high school and having a solid group of friends to moving to a completely different place and basically having to start over. It sucked at first, but honestly, this move has helped me grow a lot.
Has your writing changed since you moved?
I would say drastically. Before moving I was the crazy kid at concerts who loved a lot of hardcore and emo music that played in pop punk bands. Since relocating, I’ve been taking all my experiences and basically telling stories in my lyrics and music, which for me is a lot different than just bitching about a girl and talking about how my friends are the best all the time.
What are your goals now that you’re in DC?
To live, laugh, love. I’d like to join a band out here, people can contact me on Facebook, Twitter… basically any social networking site.
Ideally, what kind of music would you like to play?
Aw man this is a hard one! If you asked me 4 months ago I would've said something like Glassjaw, Thrice, Taking Back Sunday, Brand New, but lately my goal in music is to write for myself but also hopefully be able to make a connection with the people that listen to it!
Where can people find your music?
Facebook - Articus
Soundcloud - ArticusVaNj
Bandcamp - ArticusVa
Or just contact me on Facebook and I’ll happily send you anything new I've been working on.