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Meet Taylor Taylor

Today we’d like to introduce you to Taylor Taylor.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was raised by a single-mother in Lansing, Michigan. I listened to a lot of John Mayer and Avril Lavigne growing up. They inspired me to ask my mom for guitar lessons. I started lessons when I was eight with a flamenco Brazilian jazz musician and got voice lessons shortly after. My first time performing was at one of the music lesson showcases and my mom heard that I really could sing. She then became my manager. I started performing regularly at 13. She found places for me to perform: background music for fundraisers, open mics, talent shows, and festivals. At 15, I discovered my love for songwriting. I released my first EP, gathered some band members together, and we played at various events all over Michigan. We’ve had the opportunity to open up for some cool acts. I recorded two more EPs in the following years and began producing my own music as well. I moved to LA in 2018 and am currently working on my next project.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I was very fortunate to have a mom who believed in me and took action and a whole community that has supported me and my aspirations from a young age. I can’t imagine where I would be without that. The most difficult part of my journey so far has been moving away from my family. Being an only child, my mom and I are very close.

Some other challenges have surfaced in past experiences with being in the studio. Most of my music is acoustic guitar-driven and I have gotten very used to that raw acoustic sound. So when it comes time to produce the songs, I have a difficult time sometimes articulating to producers what my vision is and deciphering sounds that I do and don’t like. The producer that I am currently working with has been great with my songs so far, so I am very excited for the finished product. This project will sound different from my acoustic previous works but still maintain my heart and my style.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I think the warm tone of my voice, my lyrics, and the style of my guitar playing, make me pretty easily recognizable.

I love the feeling of vulnerability that comes with performing. It’s sometimes the scariest part but also the most rewarding. I love feeling that raw connection with an audience.

I am also really a song-writer at heart. I live by my journal. There is nothing like the flow of lyrics and chords and melodies all coming together through my voice and my guitar when I’m alone in my room.

More recently, I’ve discovered my love for producing. The music I create when producing ends up being quite different from the music I create when writing on the guitar. It tends to be more electronic inspired, which makes sense considering my love for downtempo edm/electronic pop artists like Odesza, Glass animals, and Tame Impala. The lyrics of these songs are also less personal to me. But I think it’s beautiful that they can still end up being someone’s favorite songs of mine. I’ve released a couple of these songs. Most recently, “What’s Bothering You”.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start over, I would acknowledge and appreciate my accomplishments much more. At the time, it seems as though I couldn’t really see them clearly. I hadn’t fully recognized or accepted my talents.

When on stage, I would play more of the songs that I liked instead of constantly trying to cater to the audience. And I would try not to worry so much about what to say in-between songs. I used to stress about that so much!

I’m really looking forward to music venues opening back up once it’s safe. When it starts back up again, you’ll be able to find me at Republic of Pie in North Hollywood on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month 7-8pm.

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Orange dress pics, and green crop top pics: Fidel Littlelight

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