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Bath Lives lives Neil Taylor


THE LOCAL MUSICIANTALKS ABOUT PLAYING WITH ROBBIE, LIFE ONTHEROAD AND LIVING INBRADFORD ONAVON


Q. How did you get started in the music business? A. I was playing in a Bath band called Naked Eyes, in which Curt Smith was playing bass. I left after a few months, and Roland Orzabal took my place. The next time I saw them they’d formed Tears For Fears and were on Top Of The Pops doingMad World. I was gutted! A week later I bumped into Curt at a party, and he said they had been looking for me because they needed another guitarist for their tour. That was my break. I started working with their producer Chris Hughes and one thing lead to another, working with Tina Turner, Rod Stewart etc Q. How did you wind up as Robbie Williams lead guitarist? A. I was working on an album for Chris De Burgh and the programmer, who was also working on Robbie’s album Sing When You’re Winning, suggested to Guy Chambers that he should use me. The first song I played on was Rock DJ, then Kids. I met Rob working on the Escapology album in LA – that’s when


I was asked to join his band, and I have been with him ever since. Q. How has your career been affected by Robbie being off the scene for a while, and his decision to rejoin Take That? Did that spur you on to record your first solo CD,No Self Control? A. I had been recording my album on and off for four years – it just happened to coincide with the Take That reunion. I look forward to working with Rob again sometime in the future. Q. How would you describe your new album, in one sentence? A. It’s a contemporary rock/pop album. Q. Which tracks are you most pleased with? A. Just Walk Away andWould You Love Me? Q. Other than Robbie, who have you most enjoyed working with? A. Tears For Fears Q. Anyone you’d never want to work with again? A. Yes, Van Morrison - he’s such a


(Top) Neil lives in beautiful Bradford on Avon (middle) Favourite place to eat out: Yen Sushi (below) On stage with Robbie


grumpy person. Q. Who are your musical heroes? A. T. Rex, Slade – mainly 70’s bands. Q. Any other secret talents, other than being a mean guitarist? A. It’s funny - I’ve been doing quite a few radio interviews, and always get asked who is singing on the album – it’s me! I grew up singing and playing guitar, it’s just that my guitar playing took off more than the singing. Apart from music, I have no secret talents. Q. Where’s home, and how did you end up living there? A. Bradford On Avon. I used to live in Bath and would drive through Bradford occasionally and think, what a great place to live. I eventually started looking there, and found a place. I really love living there. Q. What was your finest hour? A. Being part of playing at Knebworth; and my dad knowing I was in Robbie’s band before he died. Q. What trait do you most deplore in yourself? A. Biting my nails. Q. How do you relax? A. Going out to nice restaurants with the family, or watching a good movie. Q. What’s your favourite place to eat out in Bath? A. Yen Sushi Q. Share one rock’n’roll tour memory A. When I was touring with Alison Moyet back in the late 80’s, you never knew if your room would be turned upside down by the rest of the band. If the entire contents of your hotel room were forced into the bathroom – including the double bed – it wasn’t great to come back to after a night in the bar and an early leave in the morning. Not that I did it to anyone, of course. BL


Neil’s new CDNo Self Control is available from www.silvermusic.tv and is also on Itunes.


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