Bread Blunts & Broads
Taylormade 'Watch out for Taylormade, an up and coming music producer right here in Los Angeles,' proclaims KCAL Channel 9. Though still a relative newcomer to the L.A. music scene, Taylormade has already earned a reputation as one of the hottest new hip hop and R&B producers in L.A. Since 2000, he has tracks or worked with many notable artists including Da Brat, E-40, Master P, Butch Cassidy, Curren$y(Cash Money and Lil Wayne's 'Young Money') and Nate Dogg. Originally from Chicago and then moving to Arizona in grade school, Taylormade moved west in 1993 to play basketball and study Athletic training at Point Loma University in San Diego. He anticipated a career in the music industry by a side job as a DJ and then having interest in the production process. He began working with a group called Divine Order for which he served as both DJ and producer. 'For me music is about expressing emotion and having the freedom to be creative,' he explains. Taylormade's passion for music, ear for fresh talent and easy going personality make him highly desirable to work with. Taylormade produced most of the songs on Cole's upcoming album Fame, which he describes as 'a very versatile album,' adding, 'Cole's style is unique and her music blends urban soul and R&B with hip hop flavor.' Taylormade is currently involved with several other noteworthy projects including his own compilation album he produced titled Bread, Blunts, and Broads, featuring artists Nijay, Sweet Geez, Cole, Vellqwan, Haze, J-Stalin, AP-9(Mobb Figgaz), and Stace. He is excited about the album and the sundry collaborations between the various artists. 'It's a mix of east and west coast sound and it's different than anything else out there right now,' Taylormade explains. The date for the highly anticipated release will be announced soon. Taylormade also recently produced Harlem crooner Nijay's new album, Split Personality. 'Nijay definitely has that New York flavor and has pure raw talent with his hooks and writing. The ability to write good hooks is really important,'Taylormade says. Nijay's innovative sound utilizes both his singing and rapping skills to create a new and unique style all his own. Which will in turn get him a record deal or Oddball Entertainment will schedule a spring release for his album. This year has already been a successful one for Taylormade and he has even more exciting projects still to come. Taylormade has a weekly documentary show on Comcast cable airing in Los Angeles and then bicycling into other states. A Comcast producer is following him around to show his career in process and the show will be moving into a Los Angeles night club where Taylormade will be the resident DJ. Another project he is involved in will have two songs that he produced and be featured in an upcoming indie film called 'God's Waiting List' due out later this year. Though his main focus thus far has been in hip hop and R&B production, Taylormade is also interested in venturing into other genres, particularly pop music production and also wants to be DJing more because he has been focusing on music production. 'I look for someone who is innovative and open minded in their creativity as an artist,'Taylormade. In addition to his role as a producer, Taylormade also recently started up his own record label, Oddball Entertainment, along with his two partners. 'I was inspired by other independent labels and I have a great team built around me so I felt like it was a good time to do it,' he says. They currently have four hot new artists on the roster; opera-trained R&B/soul singer Cole, Harlem crooner Nijay, rapper Sweet Geez from the bay, and dance/trip hop artist Esence. Taylormade's passion for music, ambitious nature and strong work ethic has allowed him to become successful in a very short amount of time. The ability to discover and shape new talent is an essential asset for all producers and Taylormade has already proven that he has what it takes. 'I love music and love making it. I'm so fortunate to do what I do.' Taylormade.