Seb Taylor has been producing for more than 20 years under a number of aliases; Shakta, Kaya Project, Hibernation, Digitalis, Chaos by Design, C23, Radiate, and Subterfuge. An accomplished guitar player, Taylor also plays the tzoura, zheng, banjoud, harmonica, hammered dulcimer, hang drum, various percussion, flute as well as the occasional vocal. Seb has performed around the world at clubs, parties and festivals; from Fear and Loathing style scenes in Yakuza clubs in Tokyo to the over the top craziness of Shambhala in BC’s Kootenay Mountains, from Mad Max doofs in the dusty Australian desert to the fabled beaches of Goa. When he’s not traveling, Seb can be found in the studio in Brighton, UK. He has a total of 18 albums released in various styles, and is currently producing in the chillout, world music, and breakbeat scenes. (under the names Kaya Project, Digitalis, Angel Tears and others) as well as music for TV, film, and advertising.
Kaya Project is a tribal fusion of world music and electronica primarily built upon field recordings from exotic locations around the planet. The project is the musical brainchild of Seb Taylor. Based in the UK, the act has achieved a name of world renown via the first three albums, Walking Through (2004), Elixir (2005), and …& so it goes (2008) – all released on Interchill. Their fourth album, Desert Phase, was released in the spring of 2010 followed by a CD of electronic remixes. Previous Kaya Project tracks have been heard on TV shows such as Showtime’s Sleeper Cell, and numerous compilations including Claude Challe’s renowned Buddha Bar series. Angel Tears tracks (another of Seb’s many projects) have been heard on shows such as HBO’s Sex & the City, West Wing and many others. The fifth Kaya Project album FIREDANCE was released in May 2014.
Hibernation is Seb Taylor’s outlet for glitchy experimental chilled electronica. The first Hibernation album, Some Things Never Change, was released on respected label Aleph Zero in 2008. At this point Seb had released a number of Kaya Project albums to great acclaim and gained a loyal following among downtempo aficionados. With many different projects to his name Seb likes to keep them stylistically distinct and Hibernation is devoted to a more electronic realm than Kaya Project, which features live instrumentation from around the world. Hibernation, as the name suggests, heads inwards and locks onto micro-edits, quirky samples, glitches and hyper-fine details.
Second Nature is the newest album and was released on Interchill Records in 2012. On this album, Natasha Chamberlain contributes some dreamy vocal flourishes to a number of tunes and Seb also turned to the capable Riad Abji and Vicky Flint for stand up bass and muted trumpet in the signature tune “Uncarved Block.” With a distinct sonic palette that includes stand up bass, muted trumpet, brush drums, glitches, whomps, and warm subs the Hibernation sound is crucial listening. Seb brings a lifetime of musical experience to his production, composition and arrangements, and it shows. Listening to Second Nature conjures up future memories of dark smoky jazz clubs, Blade Runner cityscapes, parallel universes, dreams half forgotten and epic nights. This is music with spirit, narrative and detail.
Digitalis is Seb Taylor’s psybreaks and breakbeat alias, with releases on labels such as Matsuri, Sinister Recordings, Ministry of Sound and Sound of Habib. The Digitalis DJ sets are a current blend of the very best tracks in the psybreaks genre, a perfect sound for building up the early evening dance floor into the mayhem of the night.