Producer / Guitarist
Taylor Locke is a producer, engineer, guitarist, singer, songwriter and performer. He owns and operates the Velveteen Laboratory studio, in the Los Feliz Village neighborhood of LA. The studio boasts one of the most impressively curated vintage and modern equipment collections in town.
In 1999 Taylor co-founded the pop-rock band Rooney. The band made 2 records on Geffen, before launching their own label through Warner Brothers to release their 3rd.
As lead guitarist for the band, Taylor toured nearly every corner of the world for 10 years, playing festivals, theaters, clubs, and arenas.
Recently, Taylor has turned his attention towards producing other acts. He has worked with folk rock legend Linda Thompson, Canadian supergroups The New Pornographers and Sloan, LA indie-darlings Pearl Charles, PAPA, and Wardell, and Canadian singer-songwriter Dan Mangan.
As producer and songwriter, he made 3 records under the moniker Taylor Locke & The Roughs, and a solo album for Lojinx Records. The latest, Time Stands Still, received tremendous reviews across the UK and Europe. He recently completed an instrumental sound library album Indie Cinematic, for Killer Tracks Records. Locke’s new group The Great Indoors are currently making their debut album in the psychedelic garage pop vein.
Taylor’s highly impressive recording studio has amassed racks of classic vintage guitars, most notably 1960’s Gibsons, Fenders, Martins, and Silvertones, amps galore ranging from Vox, Marshall, Top Hat, Supros, and half a dozen Fenders. Heaps of highly collectible effects include original Foxx Tone Machines, Maestro Fuzztones, rare early Electro-Harmonix pedals, a Roland Space Echo, 2 Maestro Echoplexes, and dozens of contemporary pedals. Session ace, Roger Joseph Manning Jr (Beck, Air, Jellyfish, Moog Cookbook) moved his entire museum quality synthesizer and piano collection into the Velveteen Laboratory on permanent loan. The collection has pieces ranging from rare 60s combo organs, to early Moogs and Arps, to classic electric pianos.
Engineer / Multi-Instrumentalist
Since 2012, Taylor has partnered with Engineer/Multi-Instrumentalist/Co-Producer Kyle Fredrickson. Kyle has tremendous musical command of just about anything with strings or keys on it, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, "Acoustics and Music" major from University of Hartford.
As lead guitarist for The Everyday Visuals, he won the Boston Music Awards Best Album 2009. He has placed songs in Cougar Town, Kyle XY, Brothers and Sisters, Army Wives, and an ad for Ballentine Scotch. He also performs with actress/singer-songwriter Alicia Witt, indie rock band The Soft Swells, and alongside Taylor in The Great Indoors.
His technical training combined with musical experience make him a heavyweight asset to any recording session.
Guitar (classical, finger-style, western swing, slide), Lap Steel, Pedal Steel, Banjo, Mandolin, Tenor Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards.