We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylor Marvin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Taylor, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
A career in the music industry, particularly studio work, tends to mean a lot of late nights and irregular hours. As a freelancer it’s tough to turn down work and set aside time for yourself, but it’s been a big focus of mine over the last few years. I’ve learned to prioritize time for myself just as much as a recording session or gig. That can mean setting aside a busy summer week for a backpacking trip, or just keeping Wednesday nights open to play board games with friends.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve played music for as long as I can remember. I started out playing drums, like my dad, but switched to guitar when I was 10. I always knew I wanted a career in music, but performing isn’t necessarily my passion. Lucky for me I discovered that audio engineering was exactly where I nestle into the process. I can exercise the creative part of my brain as a producer and session player, while also geeking out on new technologies and techniques in engineering. I like to think that I bring a strong musical sensibility to whatever project I’m working on, be it a record, a podcast, or a commercial. Everyone at Coupe has a similar vision of using music and sound design to really influence the way people take in media. We spend a lot of time curating the way the world around us looks, feels, and even smells. I think folks should pay just as much attention to the way their world sounds.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We’re incredibly lucky to have a wide range of activities in and around the city. Comedians the world over revere the Comedy Works in Larimer Square as the epitome of comedy clubs; No large scale music tour is complete without a stop at Red Rocks Amphitheater; The art galleries dotting Santa Fe and independent music venues on South Broadway and Larimer St showcase the best in up-and-coming talent. One needn’t travel far to see the beautiful flatirons in Boulder, or venture a little farther out on US36 or I-70 to take in breathtaking mountain landscapes. I live right off of Tennyson St in the Berkeley neighborhood, and a scoop of ice cream from High Point Creamery or a “Shirtless Putin Catchin’ Rays” lager from Call to Arms Brewery always hit the spot.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Besides the wonderful crew at Coupe Studios Music & Sound Design in Boulder, I owe most of what I have to my amazing parents. They have always supported me throughout my schooling and career, and continue to guide me every day.