Friday, April 18, 2008
Taylor Hicks Finds Gold! An interview with Loren Gold
Taylor Hicks found a treasure,when he hired his musical director Loren Gold. Loren proved to have an instant chemistry with Taylor Hicks during his 2007 solo tour. This duo, along with the rest of the wonderful band, gave the Soul Patrol the ultimate concert experience.
Loren is a multi-talented professional touring/studio musician, musical director and recording artist. His impressive list of clients includes: Taylor Hicks, Hillary Duff, Mandy Moore, Vanessa Hudgsen, Jamie Lynn Spears, Kelly Pickler, Deborah Gibson, Dan Aykroyd,Chace Crawford and many more. He is a very well respected keyboard/piano player and is endorsed by: Korg, Yamaha and Hammond to name a few.
Taylor's Angels had the pleasure of interviewing Loren Gold. We missed Taylor's "Amigo" and thought the Soul Patrol would love to hear what he has been up to. We were pleased to find out that he has just returned from touring with Mandy Moore in Austrailia and the Phillipines! We hope you enjoy the interview as much as we did!
TA: Tell us about yourself. Where are you from? When did you start playing the piano and what peaked your interest in that instrument? How did you get started in the music industry?
Loren: I am from the San Francisco Bay Area. I started playing the piano when I was seven when my mom put me in Yamaha group lessons. I had older brothers who listened to music all the time, so I was surrounded by it.
TA: You have two solo Cd's "Keys" and "All Around Me". Where all the songs written by you? Which one is your favorite? Are they available for sale?
Loren: Yes, all the songs on those Cd's were written by me. I do not really have a favorite, although "Falling" from All Around Me is special because it was the first instrumental piece I ever wrote. I am really proud of "Keys" and all of the songs on that one. They are both available at iTunes and Amazon.com.
TA: What exactly does a musical director's duties include and what kind of background is required ? How did you become the musical director for Taylor Hicks?
Loren: Musical Director has a lot of roles, those of which include initially getting the show/tour off the ground, making sure the music is being delivered properly to the audience, working with the artist, working with the band continuously, to name a few things.
Taylor Hicks and I met after he heard "The Runaround," a song I co-wrote. We hit it off after that, and he asked me to put his band together and hit the road with him.
TA: What is your inspiration for writing and composing music? Who is your favorite music artist and how have they inspired you?
Loren: I am inspired by many people. Musically speaking, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Elton John, Brian Wilson sit at the top of my list, but there are many others.
TA: What have been some of the highlights of your career? What has been your worse experience in the music industry and why? You have been on the road with Mandy Moore and Kelly Clarkson for the last 2 months. Tell us about that.
Loren: There have been so many highlights. Performing my song on the Tonight Show was definitely near the top, playing to sold out stadiums, and releasing two solo Cd's - all very fulfilling!
The Mandy/Kelly tour was incredible, the crowds...the cities...and Australia!! I'll go back anytime...
TA: What are the pros and cons of being on the road? How does your family deal with it?
Loren: I try to find a balance...I love playing live and meeting different people who are touched by the music, and I enjoy being at home in the studio as well - writing and producing.
TA: We all learned some strong lessons from Taylor Hicks after reading "Heart Full Of Soul". Did you learn anything from your association with Taylor? You were a perfect match and complimented each other in every way. What did you walk away with from that whole experience with Taylor?
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Loren: It was a great experience, especially performing all those great songs of his every night! And I have to say, we both share a love of 70's one hit wonders....we couldn't help ourselves from adding new songs every week or so. We would just sit in front of my computer and say, "lets do that one...yeah, lets do that one...cool!!!"
TA: What are your plans for the future? Where can we expect to see Loren Gold?
Loren: I will be touring, writing, recording, and producing music all summer. (details soon at www. lorengold. com)
Believe it or not, I am also keeping fit at www logofitness.com. I personally connect with other people in my group, and we keep each other motivated. If anyone wants to join me, come check it out. This program changed the life of my buddy Jason Scheff from the band Chicago, so I'm diving in as well!
Thanks to all the Angels for their support. I hope to see you all out there this summer!!
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Taylor's Angels wishes to thank Loren Gold for this interview. And we wish him much success in his future endevours!
Written by Cydter
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Tags: Taylor Hicks, American Idol, Soul Patrol, Taylor's Angels