SCOTT TAYLOR (born October 8th, 1982) in Bloomington, Indiana, is an Audio Engineer, Singer, Songwriter, Record and Film Producer, Professional Musician, Drum Consultant, Audio and Acoustics Consultant and Business Owner. Beginning his career at the early age of 10, he started taking drum lessons from a professional studio/touring independent drummer named Dave Pruet whose accolades span from Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Tammy Wynette, Charlie Daniels and many more. This began sparking Scott’s interest in music even further.
Graduating high school at 18 in June of 2001, Scott chose to pursue a career in business. While taking courses at Ivy Tech State College located in Bloomington, Indiana, Scott and his cousin decided to open their own business. After extensive study at a local live sound company called Frazier Audio located in Bedford, Indiana, and while working for Indiana University at the Auditorium as a Union stagehand and member of IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees), in February of 2002 the audio company Exhortation Audio; E-Audio for short, was born. The company, 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 - 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 Associates Degree in Business Administration, with a 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 February of 2009 Scott began attending the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences located in Tempe/Gilbert, Arizona.
-The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences was founded on the philosophy that the unique nature of the recording industry requires a combination of technical skill, knowledge and creativity. Teaching methods emphasize this through hands-on experiences with a wide variety of modern and vintage equipment. CRAS provides training, disseminates information, encourages positive work attitudes and emphasizes career education, enabling dedicated students to achieve success. - CRAS
The Conservatory concentrates on everything audio; from Live Sound, Post Production, Gaming Audio, Troubleshooting, Studio Recording, and Music Business. With a new class of 48 students starting every three weeks, and all current classes moving to the next three week cycle, this extensive and very rigorous 7 1/2 month schedule, once graduated, helped skyrocket Scott’s music career into high gear.
As an audio engineer, Scott has been mixing live music for over 20 years. Starting in churches where he was the Assistant FOH (Front Of House) Engineer for SOCC (Sherwood Oaks Christian Church) - a church of over 3,000, working his way through local events for friends all the way to owning his own audio company and becoming Bloomington, Indiana’s, most trusted event/audio specialist. As a part of this, his knowledge of music is vast. While studying business in college, at a brief one-semester stay at Vincennes University, Scott was involved in four music courses. Continuing on from high school, he played trumpet in Concert and Jazz Band, as well as Pep Band and Percussion Ensemble where he played the drums. With musical influences ranging from: Creed, Alter Bridge, 3 Doors Down, Nickelback, numerous other 90’s bands; Classical and Orchestral music; Christian musicians like Chris Tomlin, Jeremy Camp, Matt Redman and many more, he is in love with music as a whole. Listening to all genres of music has made him someone to be taken seriously in the music industry. In 2009 he took his career to the next level and became a member of Local 3 AFM (American Federation of Musicians) in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he is registered for drums and percussion. Playing in numerous bands growing up like the Backwoods Revival Band where he played drums and sang background vocals, Sherwood Oaks Christian Church Praise Band, Cincinnati Christian Church Praise Band, he was the selected drummer for W.I.N Conference, was a worship leader at Hilltop Christian Church Camp, and was yet again another selected drummer for Illiana Christian Church Camp, Scott started his own band called DECREE where he became a driving force with the band including the overall production of DECREE’s first and only self-titled album where he assisted in songwriting and arrangement, played drums, percussion, sang background vocals, and is an engineer and producer on the album as well. He also has written his own music where he plays guitar. As part of this process Scott became the Business Manager for DECREE and holds all copyrights for the songs at the US Copyright office and is a member of ASCAP.
Scott’s musical abilities span from studio to live. While choosing to concentrate on live music, after moving to California, he became the Production Manager for a live venue called the Vault located in Temecula, California. While working at the Vault, Scott began working for a live sound company called Sound Image located in Escondido, California. Now in his ninth year at Sound Image, he has since went on to work with other music professionals in all aspects of the music industry. Some of which include: 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 been a Stage Technician, mixed FOH (Front of House) and Monitors, been 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, Monitor Technician for Prophets of Rage (Rage Against The Machine spinoff group), was the Tour Manager, Production Manager and FOH Engineer for Tom Petty - produced group The Shelters, was the Monitor Technician for Childish Gambino, currently holds the position as the Stage Manager, Audio Technician, and RF Coordinator for Chris Isaak, and has recently expanded his repertoire by entering the film industry to become a Producer on the Canadian film "The Cuban".
Scott is a versatile individual and with his extensive knowledge on numerous analog and digital consoles, including outboard gear, he is Tier 3 "CRAS" Certified in Pro Tools, certified in L-Acoustics Sound Vision, SMARRT - (Live Speaker Alignment System), WAVES plugins, Digico Consoles, TC Eletronics M-3000, and is extremely versed in SHURE Wireless Work Bench - (Wireless Scanning Program). He is also the Audio Consultant for OnStage Productions - a Live Sound Company located in Bedford, Indiana. With professional credits including radio, print, film, and TV ranging from Jimmy Kimmel, Fuel TV, HDNet, Canadian Film - "The Cuban", and FOH Magazine, Scott can rise to any occasion and work with the best. For more in-depth info on Scott, visit his linkedin account (tab at the bottom of the page.)
Personal Note from Scott:
"When you read this bio, keep in mind that all of this would not have been possible without the use of the arts programs in schools. As you can see above, I am passionate about music! I am at the point in my career where I want to start giving back and having an impact on as many people as I can by helping keep the arts in our schools. That’s why I am partnering up with VH1 Save The Music, and Americans for the Arts. If you love music as much as I do, please, I ask you to visit each one of these sites and look into what you can do to help. The VH1 site will show you through studies how music plays such a massive role in our lives and how children benefit from something as small as listening to a little bit of music everyday, or learning to play an instrument can not only be fun and relaxing, but can help with such diseases as Alzheimer's, Turrets, and many more. Please join me in the fight to keep the arts in schools. Thank you!"
As I mentioned previously about how music can help with diseases such as Alzheimer's and Turrets, here is a video of The Voice UK, which features the audition of singer and guitarist Nick Tatham from Dorset, who has Tourette's syndrome. 29-year-old Nick Tatham reveals that his ticks all but disappear when he sings. This is just a visual representation of what music can do in a person's life. Please enjoy.