Jammerzine has an exclusive interview with the multi-talent known as Julian Shah-Tayler, a.k.a. The Singularity, as well as a sneak peek of his new album titled ‘Elysium’, dropping this Friday.
Aside from being known as a singer, songwriter, and producer, Julian is also an accomplished multi-instrumentalist that has done that rare thing in the music world: he has found his sound. What’s more, he is also one of those that pays tribute to his roots and influences in the best manner possible. Having graced multiple stages with his David Bowie tribute band The Band That Fell To Earth, his Depeche Mode tribute band Strangelove and moonlighting as singer-keyboardist in The Cure tribute band The Cured.
And now we get that intimate look at the mind behind the music. a ‘Toto pulling the curtain’ moment. A conversation more than an interview.
What you will hear in this interview is somewhat of a guide into the mentality and creativity of an artist that, in my opinion, will always be on the rise. Why do I say that? Because Julian gets it. He doesn’t do anything for anything but his art. This isn’t a business to him. This is a creative outlet. And, for that alone, his music is allowed the luxury of being what it is meant to be; a true form of expression.
And, in this interview, we talk with Julian about that expression and how that has led to what is ‘Elysium’ as well as what the future holds. Enjoy!
The new album, the third under his own name, entitled “Elysium” is “the story of the love of my life from the very moment we met, and the subsequent and very relatable emotional rollercoaster that comes with the territory of being in love and overcoming vast distances, both literal and metaphorical”.
The record opens with “End Of The Line” which narrates the dissolution of old pain, paving the way for new beginnings.
It then takes the listener on a voyage through the building back of hope through the different moods and stages of love and resolves with the triumphant universalism of “Darkling U”
Focus tracks are “End Of The Line”, “Secret”, “Evolution” and with special guest David J (Bauhaus) on “The Devil Knows”
“ELYSIUM” was written, produced, mixed and performed by Julian at his “TARDIS” and “Bird of Paradigm” studios, LA with guest appearances on “END OF THE LINE”/“SECRET” co-produced with Robert Margouleff (DEVO/Stevie Wonder) and mixed by Zeus “DEVIL KNOWS” from David J (Bauhaus/Love and Rockets) – BASS, MGT (Tricky/Mission UK) – GUITARS “EVOLUTION” from MGT and Gene Micofsky – GUITARS “MELT” and “KINTSUGI” from Chris J Olivas (Berlin) – DRUMS HEAD UP HIGH from Sam West – DRUMS, Nathan van Hala – KEYS Nathan also mixed “HEAD UP HIGH” and “DARKLING U”.
The award winning “Once Upon A Dream” trailer feat Lana Del Rey, arranged by Julian aka The Singularity and Daisy O’Dell.
About Julian Shah-Tayler
It’s been a good few years for: singer/producer/writer Julian Shah-Tayler aka The Singularity
He is currently very proud to be working with the legendary Robert Margouleff (Stevie Wonder/ Devo), Alain Whyte (Morrissey), Carmine Rojas (Bowie) and David J (Bauhaus/Love and Rockets) as guests on his upcoming album: “Elysium” (to be released on 14th October 2022).
He is also thrilled to be featured as “Oscar Wilder” of Strangelove the Depeche Mode Experience in the E! Networks show “Clash Of The Cover Bands”.
One of the shows he scored won two Emmys: “Actors on Actors”.
He won a “Golden Trailer” award for his work with Lana Del Ray on Disney’s “Maleficent” trailer. It also saw one of his songs performed in front of Bill Clinton, Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese for “Unite for Humanity”charity at the Oscars.
Three of his songs were the “hits” for the focus band in the music movie “Plush” directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight).
He also recorded a sadly unreleased album with Joaquin Phoenix and Antony Langdon (Spacehog) as well as musical directing Island Def Jam artist Kerli.
4 of his songs cowritten with Siobhan Fahey (Bananarama/Shakespear’s Sister) were the main songs for the Astrid Angel band in the movie “Riot On Redchurch St” directed by “Trip City” and Martin Amis’ “Money” author/director Trevor Miller.
His remix of Nico’s “These Days” with Daisy O’Dell was featured as KCRW’s “one to watch” He also cofounded a charity called “Art Angeles” teaching underprivileged kids music in Watts. His Song “Talking In Your Sleep” also won the ASCAP/Homegrown Hits best song of 2013 earning sponsorship from Protools and ESP guitars.
He is currently selling out venues with his David Bowie tribute band: “The Band That Fell To Earth”, his Depeche Mode tribute band “Strangelove” and moonlighting as singer/keyboard player in Cure tribute band “The Cured”.
Born in Leeds, England and educated to a philosophy degree at York university, Julian moved to London as a singer songwriter with classical training on piano and self taught on guitar.
After abortive record deals with Alan McGee (Creation Records) he joined hip electro clash outfit “Whitey” as co-writer/guitarist recording many of the songs in his nascent home studio. After a complete breakdown in communication, Julian moved to LOS ANGELES to pursue his own project and had further success with licenses in TV and film in the USA.