Prizm News / December 18, 2018 / By Brad Henry
By Brad Henry
Aaron Taos is a young artist whose sound is a blend of a modern-day southern Cali surf, hip-hop, pop and singer songwriter. Many of his songs sound straight from a Quentin Tarantino or “Twin Peaks” soundtrack.
I first discovered Taos through a late-night Spotify hole where the single “Voodoo” caught my attention.
Taos has a witty sense of humor; however, with the latest single, “Loneliness,” there is a new depth to his musical stylings.
Describe your new single.
“Loneliness” is a song I wrote when I was going through a really rough patch. I was in the midst of a bout of depression brought out by a stagnation of my career and wasn’t really leaving the house. It was winter, which made things worse.
What really helped me feel better was remembering that career/music isn’t everything and appreciating the relationships around me, specifically that of my girlfriend at the time. She was a shining light through my dark time, reminding me that as important as your goals are, connection and love is the foundation of feeling good and whole.
I directed the video with my friend, Mike Curry. The depiction of loneliness in the video is pretty clear, with me sitting playing guitar by myself, later on fighting between the good and bad thoughts, which is a tiresome endeavor (hence me being physically beaten and dragged off).
I produced the song, and it was mixed by Andrew Sarlo, who works a lot with Nick Hakim and Big Thief. I respect those artists a lot and knew he would do a great job of maintaining the gentleness of the track’s sonics.
You’re a pretty funny guy. Your Twitter feed has some good comic relief, and you describe yourself as the son of Robert De Niro and Audrey Hepburn…
I would describe your music as an eclectic mix of modern smooth grooves with slight alt edge. How would you describe yourself?
My first love was hip/hop, like Outkast, 50 Cent-era in 2003-4. Then came the indie/garage rock of Arctic Monkeys and Strokes. With all those people in mind, I’d like to say it’s alt rock with some hip/hop and pop tendencies.
What attracted me to your music was the mix of beats, guitar riffs and harmonies. Pretty slick stuff and good production. That makes you a pretty talented guy.
Thanks! My mom says that, too.
You go on a lot about Yanni. What is the inspiration?
My old boss had a signed book from him. I flipped through all the pages and was amazed at how iconic all the press pics were. Him walking barefoot by the ocean, eyes closed as a cool breeze flows through his hair. I think he’s God in mortal form.
Would you grow your hair long and sport the big mustache?
Yes. I don’t know what I’m waiting for. That would help my career.
You don’t fall into the urban hipster and gave up on the long hair to go the route of the SoCal guy sporting the baby blues. How do you describe yourself?
I went through my phase of trying to fit in fashion-wise with the hip folk. I still rock some vestiges of that time: Vans, Dickies, grandpa Ts. But lately I’m just not into trying hard. I’m cool with fishing sunglasses and an old soccer jersey.
Who produced your new music video and what was the inspiration? I am somewhat hopeful that the Chinese takeout has something to do with it.
Haha. My friend Patrick Golan directed it and made it possible. It was his vision completely; I take no credit in it. We actually just shot another one for my next single!
Keep an eye out.
Favorite way to relax and unwind:
One person you could spend one hour with and what would you do:
Jim Carrey. I’ve watched the “Ace Ventura” movies countless times as a kid, and he made me laugh so much. I’d love to just connect with a genius like that.
The one person you could record a duet with and why:
Alex Turner. I’d like to replace Miles Kane in Last Shadow Puppets. Turner is my fave song writer, so I’d like to be in a group where he makes me look good.
Favorite song by genre:
- Country: “Boy Named Sue,” Johnny Cash
- Hip Hop: “Poppin’ Them Things,” G-Unit
- Rock: “If You Were There, Beware,” Arctic Monkeys
- Alternative: “One,” Yeasayer
- Dance: “Dnce Yrself Clean,” LCD Soundsystem
- Disco: No comment
The one song no one believes you would like:
“Gummo” by 6ix9ine
The one song you have always wanted to cover:
“Just What I Needed” by The Cars