August 21, 2018 - Scott Taylor is seemingly a jack of all audio trades, culminating in a relatively short period of time. In less than 10 years, Scott’s resume includes Live Sound/Audio Engineer for Sound Image of Southern California, Singer, Songwriter, Record and Film Producer, Professional Musician, Drum Consultant, Audio and Acoustics Consultant, and Business Owner.
Within this time, the names Scott has worked with are quite impressive, in all aspects of the music industry, including Bush, Pat Benatar, Richie Sambora, Jake Owen, and Poison. He has mixed and engineered live shows for numerous artists including New Politics, Tyler Hilton, My Crazy Girlfriend, Young The Giant, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Cher Lloyd, No Doubt, John Waite, and many more.
As a touring professional, Scott has also been a Stage Technician, mixed FOH (Front of House) and Monitors, a FOH and Monitor Technician, a Drum Consultant/Technician for the band My Darkest Days, a PA Technician (Flying PA) for Linkin’ Park, and Jimmy Buffett. He has also worked as a Monitor Technician for Prophets of Rage (Rage Against The Machine spinoff group), and worked as a Tour Manager, Production Manager, as well as FOH Engineer for the Tom Petty-produced group The Shelters. He was the Monitor Technician for Childish Gambino, and currently holds the position as the Stage Manager, Audio Technician, and RF Coordinator for Chris Isaak.
Scott has recently expanded his repertoire by entering the film industry to become a producer on the Canadian film "The Cuban”.
But how did he get his start that lead to all of these endeavors? As a student and a businessman.
Graduating high school in 2001, Scott first chose to pursue a career in business. While taking courses at Ivy Tech State College located in his hometown of Bloomington, Ind., Scott and his cousin decided to open their own business. After extensive study at Frazier Audio, a local live sound company in Bedford, Ind., and while working for Indiana University at the Auditorium as a Union stagehand and member of Local #618 IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees), in February of 2002 the audio company Exhortation Audio (E-Audio for short), was born. E-Audio, primarily a DJ company, focused on weddings and private/corporate events. While becoming the largest single-unit DJ company in the tri-state area, Scott, a co-owner and production manager, used his time at I.U. to his advantage and modeled the company after Frazier Audio. E-Audio focused on customer service, quality audio and live sound enhancement, and relied on their morals and values to provide the best possible experience.
In May of 2004, Scott graduated College with an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration, with minors in Marketing and in Management. Wanting more of an understanding in live sound, Scott started looking into schools focusing on audio while still operating E-Audio.
In 2009, to advance his career even further, and set himself apart from the competition, he became a member of Local #3 AFM (American Federation of Musicians) in Indianapolis, Ind., where he is registered for drums and percussion.
To further his education, in 2009, Scott started at the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences in Arizona.
“Attending the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences was one of the best decisions I ever made,” Scott said. “The knowledge I received at CRAS helped skyrocket my career. I wouldn’t be where I am today without this school. CRAS not only offers the basic knowledge of what it takes to enter such a tight-knit and hard-to-get-into industry, but this school is more than just a school…it’s a family.”
The trade craft, according to Scott, that he learned at CRAS was just what he was looking for, but his inspiration came from the many unique instructors at the school. “There are so many great instructors at CRAS, and they go above and beyond, working late hours with us, so it’s not just a 9-5 learning atmosphere,” he said. “The post production classes also taught me that there was another area in the audio world besides what I already knew that could be tapped into. It gave me another option if live sound didn’t pan out as a career for me for any reason.”
Scott added that his internship, which is mandatory as part of a CRAS education, “Was an eye opening experience. It showed me how deep this world really is.”
Scott concluded that his advice to any and everyone looking to enter this crazy world we live in is to check out CRAS, or you can try to do it without the school. “But I wouldn’t advise it,” he added. “CRAS will change your life. Now, Let’s Get The Show On The Road™, apply to CRAS, and prepare for your world to change. Welcome to the rest of your life!”
For more information about Scott, his life on the road, and tour dates, please visit: www.tayloredtouring.com
To listen to his live interview with Ross Pallone on the Ross-Around-Backstage-Podcast, please visit: https://rossaroundbackstagepodcast.com/rbp-rossaround-with-scott-taylor-episode-24/
To watch his CRAS video interview, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5-CjBIFgXc&t=14s
For more information on the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences, please visit www.cras.edu, contact Kirt Hamm, administrator, at 1-800-562-6383, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences
Based in the heart of The Valley of the Sun with two campuses in Gilbert and Tempe, Ariz., The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS) is one of the country’s premier institutions for audio education. The Conservatory has developed a unique and highly effective way to help the future audio professional launch their careers in the recording industry and other related professional audio categories.