Alex P. Taylor

Alex P. Taylor

Alex P. Taylor

Rock, Indie
From: New York, NY, United States

About Artist

“Recording songs was just a glimmering light in the back of lead singer Alex P. Taylor’s mind, even when his friend Adam questioned him for not doing anything with his music. His nonchalant approach, however, changed instantaneously as he finally got his wake up call soon after Adam’s death. Not taking a moment for granted, Taylor’s songwriting career took off and The Elastic Hoax was formed in November 2008. Teaming up with Joe Mandravelis, the two created songs for the band with lyrics that are entrenched with thought provoking feelings and stir up confrontation. The band’s debut album, “It Never Happened Anyway” truly captivates emotion, sincere feeling, positive mood, but above all passion. Pushing through any boundaries, Alex P. Taylor and The Elastic Hoax will definitely be a part of the new wave of contemporary artists.”

Connecticut’s Alex P. Taylor’s debut CD “Stop Signs and Red Lights” featured the tracks “On My Floor,” and “Great.” This album will begin our leading man’s story.

A.P.T. wrote the lyrics to his first song when he was nine, but it wouldn’t be until early summer of 2005, dealing with the death of a good friend and co-worker, that he would rediscover and truly embrace his passion and gift of songwriting.

“The night I came home from Adam’s funeral, I was literally ‘on my floor’,” explains Taylor. “Henceforth, it became the title to the first song I had written in several years.”

After meeting with several producers, it wouldn’t be until March of 2007 that Taylor would begin to record his debut album at SherStudios in Southington, Connecticut, under the wisdom and guidance of Jamie Sherwood. Sherwood, whose twenty-five years of experience in the recording, performing and producing world of music, would be in for quite the surprise…

Using only a pen, paper and micro-cassette recorder was how Taylor constructed his songs. He created and caught the melodies in his mind using only these three items.

Through no use of any instrument, songs are born to Taylor. “I like to refer to it as using my antennae to pick up what my world is telling me,” confides Taylor. “Sometimes a song will come to me at the most inappropriate time and I have to find a way to store it somehow or it could be lost forever.”

Sherwood, unknowingly, would become somewhat of a Rosetta Stone and together the two would transcribe and collaborate on 15 tracks meeting twice a week until the end of August 2007.

“Within each one of Taylor’s songs there lay true aspects that exist in everyone’s lives- happiness, sadness, sympathy, strength and above all, survival,” a source close to Taylor confides. His lyrics have been called intelligent and from the heart with “a whole lot of soul to back it up.” His voice: “strong, edgy, and very distinct with a mesmerizing quality that makes you stop and listen.”

“My first album, titled “Stop Signs and Red Lights“, was truly a form of therapy for me,” explains Taylor. His song “Great” is evidence of this. “My wish was for people to listen to my words and find answers to some of their issues. There is a lesson to learn in each one of my songs.” The album was independently released on October 24th, 2007, Taylor’s birthday. “It was the best birthday present I have ever received,” sentimentally recalls Taylor. “I learned and grew so much from my first album. I feel so proud and rewarded to have another album now under my belt!”

While “Stop Signs and Red Lights” was a Rock/Pop album full in sound with a heavy dose of electrical guitar, Taylor chose a different direction for his sophomore album titled “Don’t Miss the Bus.”

“For ‘Don’t Miss the Bus’, I really wanted to pull it all back and take a more acoustical approach this time,” states Taylor. The shift of genre from Rock/Pop to Rock/Folk is quite apparent. “It feels more like me. The experience of recording my first album gave me a valuable gift…insight. This time around, I got to truly find my voice and niche. At the end of the day, I am a singer-songwriter.”

Taylor also began organizing and started booking fellow singer-songwriters for The Corner Pug’s Featured Songwriter Series, dubbing the music room as “Mac’s Lounge.” Through the creation of this series, strong bonds have begun to form in the songwriter community in CT. Every Wednesday, a new artist is showcased and performs original material. The response has been incredible. “I couldn’t have asked for a more fun and refreshing way to bring together a group of really talented musicians,” cheerfully exclaims Taylor. “I love that I have created something that unifies us and is building strong friendships. That is what it’s all about.”

Taylor has also been working with other musicians in the writing department as well. Notably, he has worked with R&B singer Latanya Farrell, co-writing two tracks for her debut album, “Feelin’ Alright.” “This House” and “Try and Try Again” have become two of Farrell’s favorites to perform at her shows.

With the addition of his full-time band, The Elastic Hoax, the band has been playing many CT hot spots since 2009. Currently, the Amp Radio Network is playing twelve of Taylor’s songs at gas stations throughout his home state of Connecticut.

The Elastic Hoax was formed in November 2008. Taylor, began looking to collaborate with other local musicians. Acoustic guitarist Joe Mandravelis became a key contributor to the band’s formation. Taylor and Mandravelis worked together as a songwriting team until 2011 and together completed The Elastic Hoax’s debut album “It Never Happened Anyway…”

The band’s first album which consists of fourteen original songs was recorded at East Lake Recording Studios in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts with Enoch Jensen as their engineer. After recording his two solo albums with producer Jamie Sherwood of Southington, CT, Taylor took on the role as producer for the band’s debut album. The result received rave reviews from fans, friends and local college radio. The band’s CD release party at Black Eyed Sally’s this past August was a huge success as the band performed to a packed venue.

In 2011, several new band members were introduced and the right combination of talent and personality was achieved. As the band restructured, The Elastic Hoax continues to perform, this time as a backing band for Alex P. Taylor to promote his third solo album, “Turn on the Light”. The band will make their second local television appearance on April 15, 2011 on WFSB’s Better CT.

“Turn on the Light” is again a songwriting collaboration of Taylor and Mandravelis. It is set to begin recording in March 2011. Album promotion will start in the spring with a new tour set to begin in May 2011.

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