Sydney, AUS-born, Los Angeles-based indie singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Joel Taylor has released a new video for his track “Two Sides,” which at this moment has received close to 18,000 views on YouTube. Produced by Courtney Cox, the “Two Sides” video features Taylor alone at a piano showcasing his immense talents.
Like the song, “Joel is caught between his Australian legacy and his adopted home, leaving at the tender age of 18 to seek his fortune in Hollywood, where he plied his trade at local piano bars for a hundred dollars and the contents of a tip jar, interspersing his own originals with standards. Not just a talent on the ivories, Joel Taylor’s prowess as both a singer and songwriter makes him that rare triple threat.
“Two Sides” is a song which Joel explains is about the two different aspects of his personality. “On the one hand, I’m a very easy-going, gregarious Australian who likes to have a good time,” he says. “But I can also be quiet, extremely introverted, brooding and stuck inside my own head.”
Those “Two Sides” are expressed in the juxtaposition between the recorded version, on which Joel plays all the instruments, except drums, a big full-throttled production, and the video, directed by Courteney Cox, with Taylor all alone on the piano, shot at the new Hollywood magic-themed bar Black Rabbit Rose. Both “Two Sides” and “What Good Is Love” were recorded at various studios on the East Side of L.A., and mixed by the legendary Bob Clearmountain.