Taylor ploughs own cryptic furrow

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For years Sheffield’s Samuel Taylor has been best known as Dead Like Harry’s guitarist and frontman. But now, while still part of the Sheffield band, Taylor has branched off to pursue his own work.

Next month, the music and songwriter releases his debut EP, Some Nobody to Me - a folksy record that charts Taylor’s experiences and observations, as Taylor explains:

“Some Nobody to Me is a comment on different situations and lyrically it moves around throughout the song. It is definitely concerned with the here and now and has a certain protest feel in its musical and lyrical content. “

But Taylor won’t give too much away: “I don’t want to say too much about the different themes within the song as I would prefer people to take what they want from it but it describes some very real moments in my life.”

Some Nobody to Me is Dylanesque in style, with cryptic lyrics.

“Dylan is a huge influence,” says Taylor. “He always has been except somehow in my earlier writing it was hard for him to get through, hard or the listener to hear where I was coming from.”

Some Nobody to Me - which is released on June 10 - was inspired by a row.

“I don’t want to tell you too much about what it means to me because I want it to mean whatever it means to the listener. But I will say it is a playful dig at different people in different situations.”

Already Taylor’s had attention from the national press. The track’s first airplay was on Graham Norton’s BBC2 show.

For now though, Taylor’s soaking up the thrill of launching a solo debut. “This is my debut EP and feels like a real milestone.”

Samuel Taylor plays at the Great Gatsby on June 15.