Thursday, October 29

Center Stage - Taxicab Racers

Meet our newest Center Stage band, Taxicab Racers. We had them answer our questionnaire and tell us a little bit about their band. So dive in and get to know Taxicab Racers! 

We live our lives both in complete control and submission to our surroundings. Fate has a way of stepping in and setting a course never before considered. Other times we pursue our dreams, set our goals, and chase things that we have always loved and always will love. The heart is a lonely hunter, and when it seeks, it also speaks and longs for others to hear its distinct song. The heart is often forced to sit and wait patiently for life to happen around it. These are the life lessons that inspired Hunter/Beggar. 

Originally growing up in small town Dayton, Tennessee, we were accustomed to living in comfort and not taking chances or chasing things so seemingly out of reach. But what we have taken from our time outside is that anything is possible. We all need something to chase, and for us that meant moving to Nashville and taking our music dreams more seriously. Fate has been good to us here. 

Shortly after moving to Nashville, we met Chad Howat, a local artist/producer who shares a kindred musical spirit with us. He understood our aims for the project and helped us revamp our little electronic rock band to a more organic and human level. Our environmental changes forced us to rethink who we are as artists and as people. We wrote new songs and recycled old ones. We looked to ourselves and found we were not the same as we used to be. The human life continues in constant flux. 

There is a season for everything, and with the right amount of drive and a sense of patience, we all find our place. Sometimes you have to steer the ship, and in other times you must let go of the wheel and submit to your foreign surroundings. But always remain optimistic, and ultimately the heart will win. Hope is alive.

Describe your sound in one ramble-on sentence..
Our sound is a dreamy atmospheric inspiring dark yet hopeful melodic grounded seamless integration of synth computer electronic digital elements and analog "real" instruments known as Nashville Dream Pop. 

What inspires you to make music?
An unstoppable yearning desire in our hearts, the voices in our heads, and that we bring passion, inspiration, and joy to others by sharing ours.

What aspect of making music excites you the most right now?
The network of the world, through word of mouth, media, and technology; the ability to share with others independently.

What are the biggest challenges you face as a musician?
Maintaining the balance of everyday responsibility while devoting as much time as possible to our passion and art.

Wat's one of your all-time favorite recordings?
The Beatles (The White Album)

Name three people who have influenced your music, and tell us why- Living or dead.
No way this can be narrowed down to three, most musicians are sponges, soaking up inspiration from everything and everyone, so pretty much anyone we've ever heard.
What s your ideal or target audience?
We love seeing variety in the audience!  It means a lot to us to create music that is timeless and strikes a chord with all people.

Do you write/compose your own songs? Briefly describe your songwriting process.
Yes we do!  Typically, Michael will have an initial idea for a song, kind of like a sketch, with some musical ideas, a melody, and some lyrics; then we all work it out together into a finished song.  This can take a few hours, days, or weeks, depending on the song.

What do you like the most about Radio Airplay?
We love reaching new listeners all over the world!