Acclaimed Canadian artist Julian Taylor has recently released the alternative version of his 2022 single, “Seeds”. The title stands for “Somehow, Everyone, Eventually, Dreams, Someday”, and the newly released version is performed alongside his band, as opposed to the original solo offering. We caught up with Julian to chat about the song, his influences, and the most memorable shows he’s played thus far.
From The Strait: Tell us about the new band version of the single, “Seeds”.
Julian Taylor: Overall, these lyrics and song celebrate the strength of the human spirit and convey a message of hope, resilience, and the potential for growth and achievement. They encourage perseverance and the belief that one can rise above challenges to fulfill their dreams.
FTS: What first made you want to be a musician? Was it a song, an artist, or just an undeniable pull to make music?
Julian Taylor: My family is very musical. My father is an exceptional piano player and so many of us sing and play instruments. I was drawn to music naturally and heavily influenced by everyone in my family that plays music.
FTS: Who would you say are your biggest musical influences, and how have they helped to shape your sound?
Julian Taylor: I love lyrics by Bob Dylan, Bob Marley and Stevie Wonder the most. Musically I love the sound of J.J. Cale, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee and I’ve also always loved Jim Croce and Ritchie Havens. I don’t try to mimic anyone’s sounds I just like listening to good soulful music and that’s helped me define my sound.
FTS: Every artist has their own unique way of writing songs – what is your usual songwriting process like?
Julian Taylor: It’s always changing to be honest. Lately I’ve been working with some other writers. I think I was feeling lonely writing all by myself during the pandemic. I’m enjoying spending time with other people in real life.
FTS: What was the most memorable live show you’ve played thus far?
Julian Taylor: There are so many to be honest. My first show was at the Elmo which is a very famous venue in Toronto. The Stones played there, so did The Police. We won a Battle of the Bands there when I was in High School. Most recently I think my favourite shows have been in Belgium and Minnesota. I played a series in Brussels called Indies Keeping Secrets which was magical and in Minnesota I performed at The Rieder Concert Series which was hosted in a small barn and it was incredible.
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