Taylor Caspersen, 20, with his numerous guitars. (Contributed Photo)

Sooke musician releases self-produced debut album

Young Sooke musician Taylor Caspersen has always loved to play music for his community, whether it was at the local schools, professional stage or the theatre, he’s done it all.

And now, the 20-year old multi-instrumentalist and producer is releasing his debut album, After All These Years, self-produced at his home studio in Shirley, a project he’s worked on for the last five years.

“I started this album with the concept that I’d be performing every instrument, singing every track by myself, and entirely producing it on my own,” Caspersen said, adding that halfway through the project, he got the chance to be a recording artist with Mighty Speck Records and since then has been given the title of in-house producer there as well.

Caspersen’s love of music goes back to his toddler years, when, at the age of four, playing the drums in the We Can Beat It percussion ensemble, which raised funds and awareness for children and adults suffering with leukemia.

At age 10, he bought his first guitar at a flea market, and since then he’s learned the ins and outs of the bass guitar, piano, banjo, mandolin, organ, flute, ukulele and the harmonica. He’s also been a solo performer for more than eight years, and have played with a band for more than 10 years.

“My dream is to make music my life’s work, as this is where my heart lies every minute of every day. I play music everyday, I don’t have a day job outside of music, and often write one or more songs per day,” Caspersen said.

The album features 12 original songs which were written over the past six years and with the release coming up on July 8, Caspersen will celebrate by holding a CD release party and concert at the EMCS Community Theatre the same day.

Opening that night will be Ladysmith singer and songwriter Terry Boyle, along with local morning radio icons Forbes and Marshall, who will with be emceeing the show.

Advance tickets are $15 and are available at Sooke Shoppers Drug Mart, Stick in the Mud, Kemp Lake Music Cafe, and Shirley Delicious, or you can get them online at taylorcaspersen.com/tickets/afteralltheseyears/ or at the door ($18).

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