Songwriter just loves mining for ideas

Sean Taylor
Sean Taylor

SEAN Taylor’s subject matter knows no limits. The 28 year-old acoustic singer songwriter is not prepared for his music to be limited to his own experiences so, for inspiration, the London-based artist is as likely to be researching as he is writing.

His latest album, Love Against Death, takes in themes such as the Miner’s Strike and the then Thatcher-led government. “I spoke to a lot of former miners, which I met when I was working at a bar at a music festival that was ran by a trade union organisation. I’d ask them about what happened and what it was like and I admire what they went through. Mining was part of their identity.”

But the track, Coal Not Dole, has not always been met with a warm reception. “It’s always an issue playing that one at gigs. It’s a real love or hate issue – I played it in Ripon and a Tory councillor walked out.”

And at the less socio political end of the spectrum is Taylor’s Les Fleurs Du Mal, which is based on a poem by Charles Baudelaire. “The songs on the album are definitely right across the board. But I don’t like songs to be confined to autobiographical experiences.

“There’s a limit to how much you can say about yourself.”

“Most pop is about someone’s life but I like to look at things from an outsider’s perspective, that way you can really expand what you are doing.”

Sean Taylor plays at the Greystones, Greystones Road on Thursday, March 8.