File-O-Facts: Maria Taylor

When I Was Younger I Wanted To Be: "A singer. I think I also said I wanted to be an orthodontist. I'm glad I chose to sing!"

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Last Edited by: Ffion Davies November 17th, 2013.

The AltSounds File-O-Facts feature on: Maria Taylor. Want to know more about this up and coming artist? Here you can find out loads of snappy facts about this new talent...

Name:
Maria Taylor
Star Sign: I'm on the cusp of Gemini and Taurus. I can see traits of both, but usually I just go with Gemini.
Place of Birth: I was born in Birmingham, Alabama.
Now Based At: After leaving my hometown for 13 years I came back to birmingham 3 years ago. Now I live in a house in the neighborhood I grew up in.
Level of Education: I went to college as a ballet major for almost a year, but, my band got signed to geffen records and I left for my first big tour 2 weeks before final exams.

First Instrument Played:
I started playing piano when I was around 7. I started playing guitar and drums when I was around 16. I've been singing ever since I could talk.
Current Instrument: Guitar, keys, drums
Last Venue Played: I played at sullivan hall in nyc for the CMJ festival last month.
Last Gig Attended: I saw neutral milk hotel play a couple of weeks ago. It was easily one of my top 3 favorite shows I've ever seen. It had been 10 years or more since I had seen them play live and I had chills for most of the show.
Can't Go On Tour Without: My baby and my mom (nanny) 2 years ago I would have said my boots and plenty of wine. A lot can change in a short amount of time!!

The Best Thing About Live Music Is:
The best thing about live music is the energy exchanged between the band and the audience. At the neutral milk show, they made us turn off our phones. the room felt incredible. People were focused and IN the moment, it made the show so much better.
The Person I Would Most To Collaboration Is: I would love to sing with carole king or carly simon! I've been singing along to those two for 30 years.
Worst Thing To Happen To Music Is:
The internet. it hurts smaller indie artists the most. People just don't buy records anymore. sometimes I look on YouTube and there will be 70,000 views for a song of mine and sales show that only about 1,000 people bought the song. It's getting harder and harder to make a living when no one buys music. once all of us smaller artists get 9 - 5's, we won't have time to write or tour anymore…
Best Thing About The Current Music Industry: The internet. It makes it possible for people all around the world to discover and listen to music. It helps artist interact with their fans on a regular basis.

Turn On: Big brown eyes and sense of humor.
Turn Off: Big egos and being uptight.
Biggest Influence: My biggest influences are my friends and family. They are all creative, interesting and inspiring.
My Favourite Person On TV Right Now Is: -
Childhood Hero: I love the main character on that show Nashville. The older badass woman. I call that show my soap opera. I loved Luke from the Dukes of Hazard. I wanted to marry him!
When I Was Younger I Wanted To Be: A singer. I think I also said I wanted to be an orthodontist. I'm glad I chose to sing!



Last Album Bought: I'm about to buy the new paul mccartney record. I keep hearing the new single and it sounds great! Curious about the rest of the album!
Last Song Listened To On MP3 Player: Idon't have an mp3 player, but the last mp4 I heard on my computer was Beyonce 'Put A Ring On It' my son loves this song because he only knows a few words and can sing along… ( uh uh oh!)
The Music I'm Into Is: I still listen to a lot of the music I grew up listening to. Leonard Cohen, The Beatles, Tom Petty, Nick Drake. I recently added Sinatra to the mix. Love listening to him while I cook!
Favourite Current Band: Dead Fingers. This is my sister and brother in laws band. so good!

My Favourite Drink Has To Be: RED WINE!! As long as it's GOOD red wine, haha! I love finding new favorites. Right now I'm in a pinot noir phase, but I love cabernets, riojas, barberas, some zins, cote du rhones… the list goes on!
My Favourite Book Is: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer.
My Favourite Website Is: Facebook… though I'm going to detox from it one of these days soon.
My Favourite Item Of Clothing Is: Boots. I wear boots year round. I have so many and they all look just the same.
My Favourite Shop Is: Any wine shop!!

The Best Boredom Buster Is:
You are never bored with a toddler. I dream about being bored!
The Best Film I Ever Saw Was: That's a toughy. I still watch terms of endearment when I need to cry, and parenthood when I want to laugh and cry. I don't know if these are really "films".
My Ultimate Snack: Flutter nutter sandwiches! It's gotta be shitty white bread, lots of marshmallow creme and creamy peanut butter!!
The Worst Food Invented Is: Cheese. haha. I hate cheese!!
The First Thing I Do When I Wake Up Is: Grab my son who is calling my name from his crib, plop him in our bed, turn on baby einstein, and make coffee.

I Can't Leave The House Without: A La Croix to go ( sparkling water in a can).
I'm Well Known For: Having purple lips and purple teeth.
My Hobbies Are: Hanging out with friends, drinking wine, cooking, watching my showtime and HBO sunday night shows.
I Have A Passion For: Music, wine, and now mostly my son.
First Band Name: Little red rocket. We all got a tattoo of a little red rocket when we were at south by southwest 15 years ago. Yep, it's still there!
Tomorrow I Will: Do the exact same thing I did today except I'm cooking my grandmom's spaghetti sauce.
My Biggest Aspiration: To be the best mom and wife I can be while still growing as a person and an artist.
I Think AltSounds is: Awesome and thank you very much!!

For more information, check out:
https://www.facebook.com/mariataylor

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