Former Outback Regular Joins Staff!
“The Outback has been a big part of the bulk of my childhood – it has always been a great spot for me to hang out and chill with my best friends. The best part of the Outback is that it’s a benefit to New Canaan youth in a variety of ways… you can just stop by to get homework done or play video games, play shows or use the studio if you’re a musician, and attend the fun special events they host,” says Ryyan Taylor, aka DJ Hova T.
Ryyan, a New Canaan resident and NCHS grad, started coming to the Outback in middle school and continued to attend various events and drop in hours throughout his high school years. His fondest memory comes from a few years back, when he was just an aspiring, young drummer. When the Outback started promoting band nights, he wanted desperately to be involved, but did not have enough money to purchase his own drum set. Determined to play, he enlisted the help of his acoustic singer friend, Max Carillo, and some paint buckets. The two had major success, and a year later started a band. After winning the Battle of the Bands, they become the center’s House Band and played shows as often as possible!
One year ago, Ryyan Taylor started DJing, and became DJ Hova T. He stands strong behind his work, “One thing is for certain: I don’t consider DJing a hobby, but as a true passion.” He kicked off his career this summer in a big way. After booking a few local birthday parties in New Canaan, Hova started playing private gigs in Manhattan, which led to a crucial career opportunity. Alongside local rising pop star, Stewart Taylor, he got booked at the Bitter End, known for being NYC’s oldest rock club, and performed on a stage that gave a jump start to the careers of Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan and Gavin Degraw.
In an effort to stay connected to the place that supported him through his childhood, Ryyan decided to use his skills to give back. Currently, he DJs at the Outback, working special events and afternoon drop-in hours. With plans to attend Berklee College of Music next year, Ryyan works three jobs, saving money and building upon his skills in order to make a name for himself in the music industry.
“All in all, the Outback Teen Center has been truly great for me… not only from a musical standpoint, but also when it came to fun and education!”