Exposure - This issue: X-Lion Tamer
Wimbledon boy Tony Taylor has lived in Edinburgh for fifteen years, having travelled up north for college and hung around to work in various record shops in the capital. He’s also been making music during that time, with his unashamedly pop ‘one man band’ X-Lion Tamer (formerly Ex Lion Tamer, after the Wire song, until he discovered an American group with the same idea) now earning him recognition and some releases, including a forthcoming debut album, through Edinburgh’s 17 Seconds label.
How did X-Lion Tamer come about?
Like everyone making music, I’ve been in various indie bands. But I started X-Lion Tamer about a year and a half, two years ago, because I was sick of trying to get five or six people together to rehearse all the time. It’s just me, a laptop and a guitar.
Who are your biggest influences?
Quite a diverse bunch, actually. Erasure, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, but I’m also really into British indie bands like Hefner and The Auteurs, who combine melody with some sort of lyrical depth. Some of what I do is intended for the dancefloor, but hopefully a lot of it’s more cerebral than that.
What are your ambitions?
I’d love to be a pop star or to produce someone like Sugababes. Why not? Pop music’s some of the best music Britain has ever made. There’s no such thing as a guilty pleasure, you either like it or you don’t. People are far to hung up on whether something’s cool or not.
The Mill at Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, Thu 21 Jan.