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If Adam Goldsmith represents one side of the session coin, Neil Taylor is the other. It's his knack for working closely with artists to come up with hit-making hooks and riffs that has kept him employed at the top of the music industry
As well as being Robbie Williams' regular sideman in the studio and on tour, Neil Taylor has also played sessions with artists such as Tina Turner, Morrissey and eighties pop giants Tears For Fears.
It was Tears For Fears who got Neil's session career started after their 1983 debut album The Hurting broke into the charts and the band realised they needed a guitarist to join them on stage, Neil recalls.
"I bumped into Curt Smith at a party and he said, Oh God, we've been trying to find you. I said, Really? Why? He said, Well we're doing a tour and we want you to play guitar for us. So, we did a small English tour and then I was asked to join them in the studio to work on Songs From The Big Chair."
Helpfully, one of the first solos Neil cut with the band was for their hit single Everybody Wants To Rule The World, which has been played on radio more than two million times since then.
"I just started playing and I did it in two takes," Neil recalls. "That was one of my first proper sessions and I was there for like 15 minutes when they said, You've done it. I invoiced a bit later on and I got £200 for it. I couldn't believe that I'd made £200 for 15 minutes' work!"
Having made a name with Tears For Fears, the sessions started rolling in, he says.
"Then I got a call to do some work with Alison Moyet back in 1987 and I thought to myself, It's quite good money, I'll do that for a while. And then I just fell into doing sessions and they just carried on from there, you know."