In this week’s feature, Bryan discusses his love for Empire Of The Sun. Bryan discusses how his original incluces were bands like blink-182, but he was slowly led to find bands and artists in other genres that opened up his musical mind. Empire Of The Sun have influenced Bryan greatly in terms of songwriting and creativity. Listen to songs by Empire Of The Sun on Rdio here and check out what Bryan had to say about one of his biggest influences below!
From Bryan Taylor of Slowriter:
There’s a lot of artists that have had a big influence on me. The first that comes to mind is Blink 182. I went to see them at The Masquerade with my Mom during the Enema Of The State era. I learned every song on guitar and started a Blink 182 cover band. I wanted to do everything like them. I wanted to sing about the same topics, play the same chords, and dress like them. They were a huge influence to my roots, but not so much for the music I’m currently making.
I used to be very close-minded about music. I stuck to the few artists I loved and didn’t have any interest in finding more. There was some point in time where it clicked in my head that I needed to be more open-minded. Different genres of music started to become more appealing and I wasn’t so quick to judge. I would like to attribute that in part to Empire Of The Sun.
I remember the first time I saw the name Empire Of The Sun. It was on Kanye West’s Blog. He posted a video of their Eclipse Broadcast. During the solar eclipse one year they put out this video of them performing a couple of songs. It was honestly the weirdest music/video I had ever seen, but it was still appealing. If you look it up on youtube you’ll see what I mean, though I’m not sure I really enjoyed it at first. I started watching their other videos and fell in love. It felt like the sound I had been looking for. It was way different than anything I was listening to at the time, so it felt kind of refreshing. I downloaded their album Walking On A Dream and jammed that album over and over for weeks. I tried to show everyone their music videos and turn them into fans.