Steve Taylor: Rock music radical and thought provoking filmmaker

Wednesday 30th June 2010

Mike Rimmer interviewed Christian rock singer of the '80s and '90s STEVE TAYLOR

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Steve: Well, in the filmmaking side of things, it's less control; I mean there's part of that, but it's more that when you don't have a lot of money you can't throw money at a problem so you end up having to take on multiple roles. If I don't have $50,000 to buy a screenplay, I am going to need to figure out a way to write my own or work with some friends who don't need to be paid a lot of money in order to write the screenplay. If I don't have a lot of money to hire big shot producers, I've got to work with friends and be one of the producers myself, and so that's part of it. If you work with say, a Hollywood studio, essentially you're giving them the opportunity to fire you or to re-cut your movie or. . . I wouldn't want to do something like that. In that case, you could say that's more of a control issue; otherwise, it's just, you do what you have to do to get a movie made.

Mike: In view of all the things that have gone on in your career, are there a lot of people in the industry who hate you?

Steve: It sounds like I've made a lot of enemies over the years, but I haven't actually made that many enemies. Part of it is that there have not been that many recording artists that have aged gracefully, not that that never happens, it's just that it's rare. Modern music tends to be a young person's game now. You always get the exceptions like David Byrne, Brian Eno or maybe Bowie, although he's not been making very good music for a while now, sadly, either. It's back to that Randy Newman thing. If you can't keep making better music, you definitely don't want to make way worse music. I'm just talking in circles right now.

Mike: I think when it comes to Christian music though, your music has aged better than just about anybody else, if you think about some of your contemporaries. I mean, your albums sound better than, say, oh I don't know, Carman?

Steve: Well, yeah, but that's setting a pretty low bar isn't it. (chuckles) CR

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About Mike Rimmer
Mike RimmerMike Rimmer is a broadcaster and journalist based in Birmingham.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Tim Rossiter in Sawbridgeworth @ 22:10 on Jul 24 2010

Fascinating interview - I still love Steve's Albums, you're right about them aging a lot better than many other 20 year old albums. (though I was rather less convinced about Chagal Guevera - pity, it could have been good as well).
The combination of incisive and witty lyrics with really good inventive music is rare and refreshing. It would be great if Steve managed to produce some new tracks as good as the earlier work.

Posted by Neil Fix in United Kingdom @ 15:20 on Jul 23 2010

Great article. As always, Steve shows his intelligence and passion when it comes to talking about things that matter to him.
That's why he's still got such a following today, because he did things on his own terms and did them well. And, definitely, another album or two, please-even an E.P.

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