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Back on Episode 13, I had the pleasure to interview the amazing saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Scesney.  Shortly after, I went to see Jacob play in a trio with 2 incredible musicians- opening for Paul Rodgers at a nearby amphitheater. One of those cool dudes was the incredible Taylor Tesler – the grandmaster blaster of shredding the guitar in every fashion possible.  The trio (The Casey Abrams Trio) took us on a roller coaster through funk, blues, rock-n-roll, jazz, melodic vocal harmonies and incredible laughs. I think the entire crowd fell in love… especially the cougars.

Since, I’ve kept in touch with Taylor and am honored to have him on the show. Taylor has an incredibly inspiring story because his musical career sort of skyrocketed because he wasn’t afraid to put his talents out in front of others, and he was willing to take opportunities early even though they may not have been ultra appealing. He has a sense for music that I highly respect, and his outlook on living simply is ultra inspiring.  He puts his family first – and to that.. I nod my head good sir.

I hope you all enjoy this interview as much as I did.  Keep shredding Taylor.

Here are the highlights of my funky conversation with Taylor: 

  • 09:43 : Being born with music in his soul, playing guitar since he was 10, loving the violin on his 4th grade, and about their gigs and tours so far,
  • 15:05 : His prime influencers in music,
  • 21:28 : How he met Casey, hitting it off with him immediately and their explosive first show together,
  • 24:16 : How taking a chance and being open to opportunities, even if it’s not ideal, took him to where he is today,
  • 25:53 : Recording songs with his brother, who is from upstate New York, and the endless possibilities of creating music and art despite the distance,
  • 29:19 : Being well-rooted and in touch with reality, living in the moment in everything that he does, and how this all helps in his creativity and the quality of his life, and
  • 41:12 : What he feels is the best part of music and the euphoric feelings it brings.

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Creative Influences

One hour to create something, with anyone…

  • “Hanging out with The Beatles in a studio during their career in the ’66 or ’67 would be pretty awesome.”

To defeat Godzilla with his talents…

  • “I will be a Rambo / Terminator and have 30 guitars strapped to my back. I used to play baseball so I’d throw a baseball and hit him in the eye and smash his shin to make him fall over. I’ll use some of my hard, solid guitars to smack him the face, put him in a trance with some music and choke him to death with guitar strings. I would mushroom stamp his forehead while he’s out and dip my balls in his mouth.”

Advice…

  • Being open to opportunity is very important in any business. You never know what’s going to happen. If you say ‘yes’ to an opportunity and it doesn’t work out, at least you tried it.
  • Make yourself available as much as you can. Hard work always pays off.
  • Get in touch with any artists through Twitter and Instagram.

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