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Taylor Locke

Taylor Locke is a producer, engineer, guitarist, singer, songwriter and performer. He owns and operates the Velveteen Laboratory studio, in the Los Feliz Village neighborhood of LA. The studio boasts one of the most impressively curated vintage and modern equipment collections in town. 

In 1999 Taylor co-founded the pop-rock band Rooney. The band made 2 records on Geffen, before launching their own label through Warner Brothers to release their 3rd.  As lead guitarist for the band, Taylor toured nearly every corner of the world for 10 years, playing festivals, theaters, clubs, and arenas. 

Recently, Taylor has turned his attention towards producing other acts. He has worked with folk rock legend Linda Thompson, Canadian supergroups The New Pornographers and Sloan, LA indie-darling Pearl Charles, PAPA, and Wardell, and Canadian singer-songwriter Dan Mangan. 

As producer and songwriter, he made 3 records under the moniker Taylor Locke & The Roughs, and a solo album for Lojinx Records. The latest, Time Stands Still, received tremendous reviews across the UK and Europe. He recently completed an instrumental sound library album Indie Cinematic, for Killer Tracks Records. Locke’s new group The Great Indoors are currently making an album in the psychedelic garage pop vein. 

Taylor’s highly impressive recording studio has amassed racks of classic vintage guitars, mostly notably 1960’s Gibsons, Fenders, Martins, and Silvertones, amps galore ranging from Vox, Marshall, Top Hat, Supros, and half a dozen Fenders. Heaps of highly collectible effects including original Foxx Tone Machines, Maestro Fuzztones, rare early Electro-Harmonix pedals, a Roland Space Echo, 2 Maestro Echoplexes, a dozens of contemporary pedals keep clients creatively exploring. Recently, session ace Roger Joseph Manning Jr moved his entire museum quality synthesizer and piano collection in, on permanent loan. The collection has pieces ranging from rare 60s combo organs, to early Moogs and Arps, to classic electric pianos.

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