Twenty-year old singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Taylor Caspersen will release his debut album After All These Years July 8 in Sooke, the town he grew up in. A prolific young composer, sometimes writing a song a day, Caspersen captures a sound beyond his years and even beyond his generation.
“I loved all kinds of music from an early age: country, sixties and seventies rock, folk, and pop,” Caspersen explains. “I loved singing along in the car and I knew every word. I had favourite songs on personal mix CDs that my sister and mum would make for me, and I almost always carried my walkman or iPod with me to school. I was lost without music.”
And fittingly, After All These Years can only be described as a melting pot, a mixture of classic rock’n’roll, blues, folk rock, and other alternative genres. The resulting 12-song album is a carefully crafted project, reminiscent of a 70’s sound while still retaining a modern edge. Five years of writing is contained on this debut studio album, some songs having been written as long ago as 2012, when Taylor was just 16 years old. Many of the album’s songs have been re-arranged and re-recorded several times. As a result, the project is a long-awaited release for many friends, family, and fans.
“In school, I was a maximum loner. I started hanging out in the school’s music room, where they had a drum kit and some guitar amps and a PA. I loved to go in there after school and play the drums. The next year for my birthday my mum scraped every last penny together to get me an electronic drum set. After that I would play that kit everyday, and I’d play even harder on days when school was tough. Soon I felt like picking up another instrument. One spring day, I was at a swap meet at the local racetrack and I bought my first guitar for $10. After that, I never wanted to put that guitar down. I played it every single day, all day, all night, all summer long. I fell in love with the electric guitar when my amazing mum put a beautiful Les Paul copy on layaway for me.”
Fast forward a few years, the upcoming July 8 CD Release concert at Sooke’s EMCS community theatre will feature many talented musicians, with the always fantastic Ladysmith singer-songwriter Terry Boyle opening, and as a bonus, Victoria morning radio icons Forbes and Marshall will be emceeing the show.
The first 150 guests in the door at the theatre get a FREE limited edition copy of the CD when they purchase a ticket. First come, first served, so concert goers are encouraged to arrive early.
After July 8th, After All These Years will be available for purchase online on iTunes, Bandcamp and many other digital outlets, as well as through Mighty Speck Records, the BC label Caspersen was signed to in 2016.
“I came up with the title After All These Years about three years into the recording of this album, as it seemed a bit of a funny sentiment. I was only 18 at the time, but it did feel like I had been playing for a long time and I hadn’t written an album yet.”
Tickets to the release concert are $15 in advance and $18 at the door and are available online at taylorcaspersen.com and in Sooke at select retailers: Shoppers Drug Mart (Sooke), Stick in the Mud, Kemp Lake Music Cafe, and Shirley Delicious.
- Who: Taylor Caspersen
- What: CD Release Show for Debut Album After All These Years.
Also featuring Terry Boyle (opener), James Kasper (harmonica), Thom Southwood (keys), Kreg Lonneberg (bass), Gage Patenaude (drums), and others.
- When : Saturday July 8, 2017. Doors: 7:00pm. Show: 8:00pm
- Where: EMCS Community Theatre – 6218 Sooke Rd, Sooke, BC
- Tickets: $15 advance at taylorcaspersen.com or at Shoppers Drug Mart (Sooke), Stick in the Mud, Kemp Lake Music Cafe, and Shirley Delicious. Or $18 at the door.
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