Following rave reviews from his new self titled album and tour across Europe, musician Dr Taos is on fire since returning home to Australia.
“It’s been great,” he said of touring including England, Ireland, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and France. “I’ve been really well received and the audiences have been extremely appreciative, really getting into my shows, which has been wonderful!"
His music has been described as “fusing Celtic folk with British blues rock, matured in sunburnt Australian country oak barrels”. Dr TAOS produces his own inimitable style of alternative folk rock blends and his new album has received some great reviews along with radio airplay worldwide.
Q. Who are your influences? Everybody from Mozart to blues players to the Sex Pistols. I have a really wide taste in musical styles. I grew up listening to my Dad's jazz records, Mum's classical records, whatever was on the radio and then started listening to blues, rock, punk, folk, etc, etc which led to pretty eclectic tastes and influences. So trying to pin down exactly who my influences are is pretty hard so I would have to say everybody who makes music, which probably explains why my music is hard to pidgeon hole.
Q. How did you start songwriting? Funnily enough I'm not sure. I started playing guitar when I was 8,learning classical initially (which I wish I'd kept up) and I guess I always had songs or melodies in my head so eventually they just started to come out. A lot of songs just come to me and then evolve. I don't tend to sit down and go, "Right now I'm going to write a song" it kinda just happens.
Q. What inspires you? 'm inspired by everything around me from the incredible amount of insatiable human greed in this world driving war, human destruction and environmental destruction through to the simple pleasures in life that make it all worthwhile, through to the uplifting positivity of those who transcend all boundaries.
Q. When did you career in Europe start? I recently released my new album "Dr TAOS" and a few people said I should head to Europe as they thought I would go down well there so I sent stuff out to a bunch of people who got back to me and started booking shows which turned into a tour! I had already been to the States with my previous album "Darkness & Light" so this time it was Europe. It went really well so I'm keen to go back as the venues said they'd love to have me back again. I also got picked up by radio over there and in the States as well as here too so I'm getting played worldwide now!
Following the success of his Europe tours, Dr Taos plans to return to Europe next year. He’s been playing gigs in Sydney since February and you can catch him at the following venues.
Tuesday 11th April: Mr Falcon’s, Glebe
Thursday 20th April: LazyBones Lounge, Marrickville
His new album is available on CD or download (and T-shirts on the Dr TAOS website too) from the following:
EDITOR’S NOTE: I managed to briefly meet the
mysterious Dr Taos during the 2017 Tamworth
Country Music Festival. He’s keen to return to
Tamworth next year so keep an eye out for his
shows in 2018.
TSA Newsletter March 2017