An Exclusive Interview With Chris Taylor Brown of Trapt
(By Groovey) Platinum album selling rock band Trapt from Los Gatos, California best known for their #1 chart topping hits “Headstrong” and “Still Frame” are currently recording their highly anticipated new album Reborn ( to be released on January 22nd) with its single “Bring It” already being #12 on the charts. Trapt has a massive North American tour underway including a showcase performance at Copper Fields in Denver on October 27th sponsored by Hollywood Music. Here is what lead vocalist Chris Taylor Brown had to say about the new album and what’s going on with Trapt:
I’m getting self-empowerment and positive vibes from what I have heard so far off of the new album.
Chris Taylor Brown: We did four records for big labels and this is the first record that we’re coming out there and empowering everybody and ourselves. Publicity, radio and everything else we’re doing it on our own. When you take things into your own hands… we’re jumping up the charts right now, we’re almost top 30 in the active rock charts already and things are going real well. You don’t need to have a big label behind you. It’s nice to take control of your own destiny and the songs deal with that. Going through the struggle of breaking away from that idea that you have to have this big machine behind you and when you come out the other side you’re just a better person for it. And a stronger person for it. We thank our fans for sticking with us and for making us who we are today, without the fans we wouldn’t be who we are and it’s great to have that support from all those people. Obviously the big major labels helped with that, can’t say that they didn’t, but it’s great to take your career into your own hands. Bush did the same thing and Five Finger Death Punch and there’s a lot of these bands that take their career into their own hands. It’s a perfect time to just go and do things for yourself and be the one who is responsible for your success or failure.
With all the freedom was there a different dynamic to the writing?
Chris Taylor Brown: Oh yeah, man we had all the time in the world to write the 11 songs on the record. We wrote and recorded back and forth, we would write a song and record it, then check it out, perfect it, change it and if a guitar part wasn’t good enough then do it again or change the lyrics. We had time to do everything and I produced the album myself with my buddy Matt Thorne he basically has his own studio and we’ve been working together for 10 years so we said let’s do a record together. We had all the time in the world and we didn’t stop until we thought it was perfect. With a major label you are stuck in a deadline and it compromises you musically and you also have people telling you what you should write and it’s really frustrating.
Chris Taylor Brown: He’s the kind of guy that makes sure you get the right guitar take, the right vocal take, and you do the right everything. He gets the most out of you. I really trust him when I am doing vocals or guitar, when Robb’s doing guitar or Pete’s doing bass or Dylan was doing drums he really had some things to say and so did I and it all worked together really well.
Besides getting ready for tour what’s the next immediate goal for Trapt?
Chris Taylor Brown: We’re working hard right now to get “Bring It” to be the anthem for this record and it’s our F.U. to anybody who thinks that we can’t do what we are here to do which is take over the rock scene as hard as we can and make our fans feel like they are part of something great. That’s what we believe, we are part of something great and we do it for our fans.