- QUT: 100 Songs Project
Sunday : 3:00pm – 4:00pm
As General Manager of A&R at Universal Music Australia and Head of Island Records Australia, Michael Taylor deals with all aspects of the domestic artist roster for the company. From the development and signing of new artists, structuring artist’s deals through to enabling artists and bands to achieve their best on their recordings as well as general artist career development.
Michael’s first experience with the music business was when he attended Clark University in Massachusetts. There, he was President of the Student Entertainment Committee, booking national artists such as Little Feat, Till Tuesday and Ziggy Marley. As a drummer, he recorded and toured the USA playing with The Vango’s. Taylor’s first industry job was as an agent trainee at The William Morris Agency, working in both the Music and TV Departments.
He began his record label work as an Artist & Repertoire scout / assistant at Columbia Records in New York. He then moved to Madonna’s Maverick Recording Company as an A&R Manager. He served as A&R Director / Head of A&R at Sony Music Australia, signing artists such as Delta Goodrem, Pete Murray, Something For Kate, Killing Heidi, Paulini and many others.
He “A&R’ed” Delta Goodrem’s “Innocent Eyes,” which sold in excess of three million albums worldwide, breaking records with 26 weeks at the #1 spot on the Australian album charts and a Top Two album debut on the U.K. charts.
He was a co-founding partner in Go Big Records, an independent rock label which merged music and lifestyle sports. As a Senior A&R Director at Epic Records in New York, Michael “A&R’ed” and executively produced CeCe Winan’s album “Purified” which won two Grammy Awards.
Back in Australia in 2008, Taylor started Island Records Australia in Sydney, for the Universal Music Group. Since its inception, over the past four years Island Australia has built a roster of multi-platinum, award winning artists. Island AU artists include Boy & Bear, Hilltop Hoods (Golden Era Records), Clare Bowditch, Gin Wigmore, Redcoats, The Cairos, Tim Hart, Andy Bull, Harts, Tenielle Neda, Marvin Priest, Brian McFadden, The McClymonts, Gyroscope and Havana Brown.