Appearing on the Cutter’s Rockcast podcast, Taylor – who released his debut solo album CMFT last year – slammed newer acts who drew a little too heavily on their influences, labelling them “derivative”, Consequence of Sound reports.
“I look at some of these bands that sound like this or sound like that or sound like the other guy, and it’s just, like, well, they obviously listened to two albums that have been out for a minute,” Taylor said.
“The ones that really frustrate me are the ones that they take something that’s been around forever and then just basically rework it and call it new, even though it’s completely derivative. You know the band they’re ripping off. They’re not even trying to rip off a bunch of bands; they’re ripping off one band.”
While they may seem like harsh words, Taylor also took a playful dig at himself, saying he’s “just as bad”.
“I’m the worst old fogey dude shaking his cane ever. And I hate everything. I hate all new rock for the most part. I [hate] the artists who failed in one genre and decided to go rock — and I think he knows who he is. But that’s another story. I’m the worst., and I hate everything. People are used to that with me, though.”
Ultimately, Taylor encouraged rockstars-in-the-making to think beyond boundaries and restrictions. “Do something that feels fresh,” he said. “It may not have to sound fresh, but it’s got to feel fresh.”
You can watch the full interview below.