Interview: Aaron Taylor

Aaron Taylor

Hello Aaron, how are you?
I’m good thanks! Recently recovering from covid and finally feeling back to normal!

You are a singer, musician, songwriter from South London how did it all begin for you?
My earliest memories are of learning classical music in school. I wrote my first song around 14 years old, so I’ve always been working on my craft. I released my first EP in 2016 and it’s been onwards and upwards since then thankfully.

What did you listen to growing up?
A lot of gospel music, some soul like Aretha Franklin & R&B from contemporaries like Usher and what was in the charts.

You grew up playing in church, like myself, what were your favourite gospel songs to play? 
I actually enjoyed the old hymns because of the thought that went into lyrics and chord changes – Great is thy Faithfulness etc. Also gospel songs from Andrae Crouch were my favourite. 

You played a show at Jazz Cafe, what was it like?
It was a great show and surreal to hear fans singing my lyrics! It’s a fond memory of how things were before lockdown.

You’ve even received kudos from Sir Elton John on his Rocket Hour show on Apple Music Radio, how did it feel hearing that?
Again, surreal! To hear him say he liked the song and my voice was really an amazing moment.

Congratulations on your song “Don’t Leave Me Alone” making Fresh Faves Batch 391, how does it feel?
It’s always an honour to have your art recognised by people, especially leading playlists, stations and publications so I’m feeling grateful!

It was a collaboration with the incredible Lalah Hathaway, how did that come about? 
I went to university with someone who now works in Lalah’s camp, so I emailed her the track after my manager made a joke about trying to get someone like Lalah on a song. Thankfully Lalah liked it!

It sounds like you are consumed by soul music, what are your three favourite soul records?
Extension of a Man by Donny Hathaway, Songs in the Key of Life by Stevie Wonder, and Voodoo by D’Angelo.

You studied music at Goldsmith’s, then switched to psychology, what was the most surprising thing you learned?
Psychology was really interesting because it explained in a scientific way a lot of human behaviour. Learning why humans think certain people are attractive was interesting!

COVID has affected the creative industry as a whole, what has kept you motivated?
The thought of what that first gig will feel like after so long.

What did you learn about yourself in the last year?
Even though I’m an introvert I realised that I do enjoy social interactions with my nearest and dearest – I miss just hanging out more than I thought I would!

What artists have been getting you excited?
Baby Rose, Duckwrth and SAULT.

If you could collaborate with anyone else who would be on your bucketlist?
Jill Scott

You are a Londoner, what are your three favourite things about London?
Multi-cultural spirit, opportunities, history.

What are you looking forward to doing next?
Making more music, and getting stuck into the next project, and planning life after lockdown.

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Del Osei-Owusu

Del is a songwriter, producer, keyboard player arranger and musical nerd from South London, Del comes from a gospel music background but listens to anything, everything and nothing. Read More


  1. Lovely interview. Well done to you both. 🙂

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