Artist, busker, GIF, meme: Musician Stephen Paul Taylor on his unusual rise to notoriety

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A few years ago, Stephen Paul Taylor became an internet sensation when a tourist filmed him busking on the street with his ironic pop song “Sh*t’s F***ed.” The video went viral, and Taylor became a celebrity in his own right, with an album, memes, and regular appearances on German TV.

Marlene Melchior caught up with Taylor to discuss his soon to be released album, “Synthpop is Dead,” his recent tour through the Baltic States, and how it feels to be an internet meme and GIF. Taylor also discusses the demise of the street music scene in Berlin as the city enforces tighter restrictions on amplification.

Photo courtesy Stephen Paul Taylor.