“To me, Body High is about that moment, that tipping point when you reach the highest level of exhilaration,” Mike Taylor, the Philly to LA artist behind “Body High” says. “Whether it’s passion, fire or in my opinion the highest level, love. I wanted to capture that feeling you get when you’re around the people you love and that classic jam comes on and you and your loved ones take to the center of the room and two step until your feet hurts.”
The track, an exuberant disco-house burner does exactly what he set out to do, the feel of the music matching up perfectly with the lyric. “This wave is rushing my brain, erasing my pain. I’m feeling the body high.”
“When I write, I like to pull from classic songs, not to focus on the lyrics or the music but how the overall piece made me feel. I like to create a space, a color, a mood. We all have those memories that comes to surface every time we here that one song that takes us back to that place. That magic place. I still to this day remember where i was, and what i was doing when I heard Missy Elliot’s ‘Super Duper fly’, N.E.R.D’s ‘In Search of’ and Andre 3000’s ‘The Love Below,'” he says. “Those moments are what I aim for when I create. The goal is never to make music that sounds like the classic songs we know and love but to recreate that feeling you get the first time you heard your favorite song.”
He wrote the song with producer Gladius in Los Angeles. “By the time we got to ‘Body High’ we had already worked on a few songs in LA but then he had to go back to his home country New Zealand for a few months. We didn’t let that get in our way and took to skype for hours coming up with the beginnings of the song. Once we locked in a musical vibe he sent me a super rough instrumental via email and I wrote and cut the vocals in the living room of my apt and sent it back. After we got a really solid version of the song with his production and my vocals, I sent the track to my drummer Charlie Patierno in Philadelphia where he recorded live drums and various percussion.
That cross-distance collaboration was a unique feeling for Taylor.
“To be able to have a song that I can say was Made in Los Angeles, New Zealand and Philly at the same damn time is indeed proof that we are living in the future.”