John Taylor: “The energy is my department – it gets laid down by the bass and drums. It’s my job to bring as much energy to that mood as possible”

John Taylor
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With over 100 million albums sold over their 43-year career, Duran Duran could quite easily have retired to their own luxury island decades ago. Instead, they’re still creative, still touring, and – judging by their new album, Future Past – still as full of energy as ever. 

Bassist and founder member John Taylor was inspired equally by disco and punk rock, and infused Duran’s many, many hits with a supremely slick, effortlessly funky range of bass parts that have entered the DNA of our community. 

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