Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Taylor Nichol, Born In Canada, October 31st.There was a lot of forests and giant pit areas where I grew up so me and my brothers would always go for little adventures, build forts and pretend we were like the lost boys or something. It was a great place to grow up if you had a big imagination.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

I’ve been playing music for 17 years now, my bands name is Sleep Science. I have gone through many musical phases in my life, but as I’ve gotten older I’m starting to appreciate more artists I never really gave a chance when I was younger. I was always interested in playing an instrument. My grandfather played trumpet most of his life up until he was about 86 years old, he also played piano really well. My Aunt also had an interesting career as a singer songwriter which even brought her to different countries to perform. I started playing guitar when I was 13 and have played in cover bands and original bands for many years since then, but this is definitely the most fun and fulfilling band I’ve created and performed with to this date.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

We play rock with melodic & progressive elements to it. It’s always hard to label your own music as a band but that’s probably the best way I can describe it. The song “Sounds Of The Underground” is based on the fact that the media seems to really focus on specific popular artists and half the time it’s more about their personal lives rather then their music. It gets to a point where I’m sure the majority of people get so fed up and want something more but don’t know where to look and just sit back and keep getting fed the same stuff. Even as a band it can be hard to know which markets like your style of music and which ones aren’t interested. it’s all about testing the waters and seeing what sticks. The video itself shows clips of underground subways (no puns intended) but I think we all feel that way sometimes, that anxious feeling you get when your in a crowded stuffed up station could also be a similar sensation when your in everyday life worrying about work, money, health and many other things that unfortunately get drilled into our heads by maybe our parents, internet, TV, newspaper, friends you name it. We can live very systematic lives because we think its the safe thing to do but the those most beautiful and meaningful things in life can come from just getting out of our comfort zones once and a while.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

I think there is always going to be ups and downs in the music industry but it’s all about how you go about handling it and learning from it. We have had some moments in our career as a band where we have been really fortunate to work with some great people that have given us a leg up, but there has also been many let downs where you apply to certain festivals and contests that you even have to pay to register with and within a few weeks they reply with emails basically saying it’s not the right fit and to maybe try again next year. Obviously nothing is for sure in this industry especially if your a DIY band with no management or labels backing you up, but when you have to fork out your own money for things and it doesn’t work out it can be a bit of a blow to your confidence as a band but again all you can do is learn and keep trying to get better with how you establish yourself so you can create more opportunities.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

The other members of the band are:

Dan Lomonaco – Bass, Backup vocals

Alex Moscrip – Drums, Backup vocals

We did “Sounds Of The Underground” song with a producer named Rick Parker, he is based in LA and has worked with a ton of artists including Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Dandy Warhols.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I’ve been in the music industry for a solid 12 years now and I’ve learned many things over that time. I think it’s more important to constantly educate yourself with social media or even websites like band camp that are trying to make it easier for bands/artists to reach broader audiences. Our future goals in this band is to take our show to places outside of Canada including parts of Europe, UK and the US. We also hope to record our first full length album within the next year.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

I try to have moments of clarity where I reflect on certain things in my life whether it be somewhere Ive traveled to or even personal experiences that many people go through on a daily basis. I think those are the songs that connect you to the audiences the most because it can pull at the heart strings or even just give you a sense of comfort knowing that your not alone in this crazy, big, beautiful world.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I really don’t think there is a secret to making a hit song, you can listen to the most popular songs today that have some of the most basic arrangements to songs like Hotel California by the Eagles, Stairway to Heaven by Zeppelin, or even Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen where the arrangements are a little more epic and still are some of the biggest hits of all time to this day. I think luck has a big part of it in this industry, if your song hits at the right moment in time it could potentially become widely popular which can hopefully solidify it throughout peoples lives whether it be nostalgia or even just pure enjoyment of listening to it. I also feel that now more than ever you need to constantly keep trying new things as a musician because for every famous band or artist, there will always be another 10 or even more that could end up sounding similar.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

A message I would like to pass to the fans. I always appreciated the quote  “there is always light at the end of the tunnel” because it can really help you get through the tough times when you feel like just throwing in the towel.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

If I were to give advice to an upcoming artist I would say never stop learning, whether it be musically or even the business side of it. Nothing is for sure and know that your not the only artists trying to make it in such a saturated industry. Keep trying new things.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

We have all played in various bands and projects that have taken us all over Canada.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

Our last single “Tears For The Money” was featured on radio stations across Canada including 89X (Windsor), 100.3 The Bear (Edmonton) and Y108 (Hamilton).

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

Usually we write the music first, I’ll take it home and work with it a bit and figure out the theme of the music and figure out the melodies and start putting pen to paper.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

I would say the biggest artists that I really enjoy are Foo Fighters, Foals, Queens Of The Stone Age, The Tea Party and Incubus.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

There is definitely a wide range of artists I would love to work with and it’s very difficult to pick specific ones but I think Daniel Lanois is one of them. He has worked on some big records and has such an organic and beautiful approach to making music.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

www.sleepscienceband.com

www.facebook.com/sleepsciencemusic

www.twitter.com/sleepsciencevan

www.instagram.com/sleepscience

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

Spotify – Sleep Science (Spotify)

itunes – Sleep Science (itunes)

Band Camp – Sleep Science (Bandcamp)

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I would spend a million dollars on.. the list would be extensive.


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