Taylor Hawkins grew up in Laguna Beach, CA. He came to prominence during a long road stint with multi-Platinum singer Alanis Morissette and his flourish-filled playing on those tours recalled that of one of his main influences, Stewart Copeland. Roger Taylor and Phil Collins have also influenced him.
Taylor toured with Alanis during 1995 and 1996 in support of her hugely successful record, "Jagged Little Pill". He joined the Foo Fighters in 1997 as their live drummer behind the album "The Colour and the Shape" and has been there since. He sings on the song, "Cold Day in the Sun" on the Foo's record, "In Your Honor".
Taylor played on a track on Brian May's (Queen fame) solo album "Another World", as well as all drum tracks on Coheed and Cambria's latest record, "Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World For Tomorrow". When not on the road with Foo Fighters, Taylor plays in his own inspired 80s cover band called "Chevy Metal" and his own band, Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders for which he drums and sings.