The Vocalist side of me:
For those who don’t know me I will give you a brief insight into who I am and what I do for a living. I was born in Glasgow many. many years ago and my real name is Stevie Gilroy, the name Max Taylor came from my 2 son’s names Taylor the eldest and Max three years younger and I might add it was not for any dubious reasons, I just thought it would be cool to have a stage name as my own is kinda nothingish really.
so,……. as a vocalist I sing in many styles including – Country, Pop’ish, Swing, some Rock’n’Roll, Reggae, Irish ballads and party songs (not ‘tunes’, as ‘tunes’ means something totally different in Glasgow). I also sing the American standards and even the odd Spanish, Portuguese and Italian opera. My work is always well accepted by audiences in any country I am working in which may be down to the simple fact I like hearing myself singing. That’s one of the reasons karaoke is a torturous time for me when ever I choose to present one. I was never good at suffering other people’s attempt at singing – kinda rotten I know but I am being more honest this year. “When your work speaks for itself, never interrupt” don’t know who said that but I like it.
In closing this wee part – I sing many styles, extremely well, and get my kicks from audiences enjoying it.
The Musician side of me:
It’s all explained here. At around 13 or 14 I started to learn guitar because I saw my older brother Andrew’s brand new Rickenbacker and thought what a brilliant looking thing so asked for my first guitar. Money being tight in those days my old man Charlie and Andrew went ‘up to Glasgow’ and they managed to get a hold of an old Antoria acoustic and brought it home and voila, my music career could be beginning now if I worked hard enough at it. I obviously did and carried on.
At around 16 I was taken to a Feis (Irish dancing competition) which was being held in Glasgow and my cousin Paul was competing at it. There was one guy on stage playing a fiddle and again, I was dumbfounded by his sheer genius. This music was all fiery and stirring and at my age I had no idea what it meant. I started learning violin at school but soon became uninterested in reading notes – it was too slow for me, I wasn’t getting quick enough results so I gave up on it. The music though, I had to learn what it was and why it was different from Scottish music. It wasn’t really that different, the only thing I can put my finger on is Scottish music had no decent role models. The ones on telly were kinda arsey nuisances coming on TV. with the kilts and tartan shit and knowing what I know now we did have proper musicians but they were always considered just background people and never got the chance to shine. We have great Scottish musos now and singers producing wonderful material.
- gg Lagoa Algarve hh