Dallas Taylor

After cutting his teeth as a sound designer/mixer for networks like NBC, Fox, G4, and Discovery, DALLAS TAYLOR launched Defacto Sound, where he’s led thousands of high-profile projects ranging from blockbuster game trailers and advertising campaigns to Sundance award-winning films. A respected thought leader on the narrative power of sound, Dallas is a sought-after speaker at conferences, a regular contributor to major industry publications, and creator of the podcast Twenty Thousand Hertz.

3 words to describe Nature?

Calming. Symbiotic. Human

3 things Nature taught you?

We are nature disguised in fancy clothes and fancy devices.

Nature is the most preferred human sound.

Nature is a double edged sword. It can kill us, but also be the most soothing thing for our brain.

3 most treasured Nature spots?

Kalalau Valley Lookout overlooking the Na Pali Coast

Any stop along the Road to Hana

Anywhere in the Rocky Mountains on a warm day

When you look at the ocean, it makes you feel...?


When you see a forest, it makes you feel...?


When you see a volcano, it makes you feel...?


When you see a sunrise or sunset, it makes you feel...?


When you hear thunder, it makes you feel...?

Sleepy :)

When you hear the wind howling, it makes you feel...?

Like getting a recorder. Good, clean, howling wind is rare and hard to capture.

Are you an Ocean, Mountain, Forest, or Desert person?

A mountain overlooking an ocean

On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is Nature to your well-being?


Share with us a childhood nature memory?

I used to take long walks and bike rides in the Delta of Arkansas growing up as a kid. I grew up on a lake that was formed by the Mississippi River, but later leveed off. I grew up right before the explosion of the internet, so my childhood was filled with 4+ hour walks/rides up and down the Mississippi River and my lake (Horseshoe Lake, AR). I think that helped me sort out the difficult times in my childhood and ultimately prepared me for adulthood.