Taylor Davis is a renowned violinist whose video game, movie, and anime covers have earned her a loyal following. On YouTube, where she has over a million subscribers, her music videos employ stunning backdrops and intricate costumes inspired by the pop culture from which she draws her many tunes. Taylor has released six albums, including a Christmas album and, most recently, a self-titled album of original music. Her music can also be heard in rock band Critical Hit’s first album, as well as in the soundtrack to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — Hearts Of Stone.
In this interview, Taylor and Ken discuss her recent debut tour of the United States and her upcoming European tour; how Patreon and Twitter give her direct access to her fans, and vice versa; whether making music for a living makes it feel more like work than play;how licensing rights influences what music videos are shot next; and her cautious optimism for the upcoming Final Fantasy VII remake.
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Links mentioned in this episode:
- Taylor Davis on
- Photo gallery from Taylor’s tour stop in Northampton, Massachusetts
- Jack Conte of Pomplamoose breaks down 2014 tour budget and profits
- Pianist Salome Scheidegger
- Critical Hit rock band
- Other interviews with Taylor Davis:
- European tour details (19 Feb — 6 Mar)
(Thanks to @BlondieChick80 for her help brainstorming questions for this interview!)