Tuesday, August 4th, 2009...3:01 pm
Local Artist Profile: Mams Taylor
The first connection U.K. artist, Mams Taylor (who now resides in Hollywood) made with the American public wasn’t through his energetic brand of “rUnK” music, it was a connection he made on a poor actor’s face with a killer right hook at a trendy night club in Hollywood. The video of Mams swingin’ on the dude aired on TMZ the next day and the rest was LA LA Land history. Mams has since moved forward with his music career to create some good ol’ sleazy club music to shake that ass to with artists like Snoop Dogg and Bobby Valentino. It’s not all about the party for Mams though. He recently put out a song in response to the violence going on in Iran, which got him interviewed on CNN. Most recently, Mams just released his mixtape tHe R-eVoLuTiOn oF rUnK hosted by DJ’s Felli Fell, Skee and Them Jeans. It’s available for free download at www.mininova.org.
If you’re in L.A. or surrounding areas, experience Mams Taylor in person at the Viper Room on Wednesday (tomorrow), August 5 at 11:00PM.
DT: How would you describe your sound?
MAMS: I’d say it’s an international sound that comes from a combination of just appreciating all different genres of music growing up. I grew up loving hip-hop and rock and even pop. All the influences I had growing up are sort of meshed into this one sound. There’s definitely more rap influences, but I just mesh it all together and I just feel the music. Whatever I feel that expresses me the best is the sound that comes out. It wouldn’t be fair for me to say I represent hip-hop with my sound per say because I love hip-hop and I wouldn’t disrespect hip-hop by saying that what I’m doing is true, true hip-hop. Thats something I always make clear. It’s a world sound.
DT: What can people expect at your show tomorrow night?
MAMS: They can definitely expect high-energy, high-impact sounds. It’s contagious, it’ something you go to and it’s effortless to enjoy even though you might not know the songs. I’ve got a crazy band who are very present and in some songs they jam out a bit. We just feel the music out. I might play a little bit of keys. We’re playing seven songs tomorrow night and four of the songs are backed up with tracks but three of them are just raw so we mix it up.
DT: Where can people hear your music?
MAMS: www.mamstaylor.com and of course MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and all that stuff. I just had a mixtape released last week which so far has had over 16,000 downloads so I’m pretty happy with the way thats going. The mixtape is available for free download on www.mininova.org. The mixtape describes my journey from the time I left home [from the U.K.] at 16, becoming a self-made dude, and accidentally becoming a business man from being a bouncer. I went off the rails when I made money and became a much shallower side of myself where it was just all about women and clubs. All the stuff you hear in rap songs, I really lived that. Then I lost it, made it back again and lost it again. Now I’m trying to make it back, but this time through what I love to do the most which is music. So it kind of describes some of that journey without being to deep or medicinal for people. It’s still got a commercial feel to it which makes it digestible for the masses.
DT: How would you describe the average Mams Taylor fan?
MAMS: That’s why the mish-mosh of sounds makes sense because it doesn’t necessarily limit to one certain type of fan or genre or specific target audience. I got a lot of fans who might be young ladies and I’m into that for sure. Then there’s the people who might just appreciate music that sounds good in a club. Some of the songs I have contain more lyrical depth and that might connect with certain people. It’s the biggest blessing for me to do what I love and through this art, connect with one person or a million people, eventually. I’m just privileged to be doing that.
DT: What can people expect to hear on your debut album, Persona Non Grata?
MAMS: It’s more of a similar sound through out the album compared to say the mixtape which has a little bit more diversity. I call it “rUnK” which is a mish-mosh of rap and rock and a lot of punk bravado and attitude to it. It’s got a lot of attitude, it’s got edge. There’s something for everyone on the album. On the album I’ve got collaborations with T-Pain, Snoop Dogg, Bobby Valentino, Dave Navarro, Travis Barker and John Madden from Good Charlot. On the mixtape I got features with Fat Joe and West Coast Kam to Robbie Williams and Billy Idol which is kind of crazy to be on a mixtape.
DT: What else can we expect from Mams in the future?
MAMS: What I’m trying to do is break as many boundaries as possible so we all look at each other as human beings ultimately as opposed to “this guys a white dude doing this. This guys a black dude doing that”. Were moving towards the right direction with Obama as president. There are less boundaries with colors and ethnicity’s and where you come from. It’s more about who you are. I want to push forth with that as much as possible and Ive got some projects which are going to influence us into going that way, not just musically but in education. My big thing is to get involved in education and obviously do what I can through my music as well.
DT: Lastly, have you knocked out any more dudes at Hollywood night clubs lately?
MAMS: Actually, it’s not something I make a habit of. Fighting is something I do as a hobby under controlled circumstances. But, about two weeks ago I broke both of my hands unfortunately on four dudes who were bullying a friend of mine. Like I said, it’s not something I like to make a habit of but sometimes people act crazy and you’ve got no choice but to resort to that, you know?
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