We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylor Taylor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Taylor, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I was raised an only child by a single mom in Lansing, Michigan. Although my immediate family is quite small, my grandma was 1 of 14 kids so I have a giant extended family and a large community of people who have been supportive of my music career from the very beginning. I started performing when I was 13 as a very shy teen with a guitar. My mom and my grandma as well as others were always there in the audience, whether they were among hundreds or the only ones in the room. My mom had taken on the role of Manager and began booking shows for me (and eventually my band) all over the state. Without her support and dedication and the nurturing nature of those around me, I don’t know that I would be LA today still making music and pushing forward with what I love.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I started guitar lessons when I was 8. John Mayer and Avril Lavigne were my inspirations for wanting to learn the instrument. I originally wanted to be punk rock like Avril on the electric guitar but the more I played, I discovered my love for the sound of nylon strings on an acoustic guitar just like my teacher. Years later I got voice lessons and began writing my own songs. I never really liked my writing until I started writing about things I was really feeling at the time. That was an important lesson for me. Writing truthfully usually yields the best work. Since then almost all of my songs have been like diary entries. I think my music is best experienced live when you can see how my fingerpicking guitar style interacts with the melodies I sing and how my words interact with the chords that I play. It’s a very vulnerable yet thrilling space to be in. When I’m on stage, I like to think that I am advocating for the importance of vulnerability and the power it can hold.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love being outside so I would take my friends to Echo Park, Venice Beach Boardwalk and drum circle, and check out some new hike spots. I love rollerskating at Moonlight Roller rink. The view from Griffith park at night is beautiful. Pre-covid there were always shows and comedy shows to check out around the city. We would also get lots of bubble tea and eat at some of the street vendor spots near my apartment. Los Globos is one of my favorite places to go dance. I don’t necessarily dance well but I have a lot of fun. We’d have to go to the Last Bookstore downtown. I haven’t been myself yet but I’ve been meaning to check it out.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mom absolutely gets the #1 shoutout! For life and for believing in me and taking such an active role in helping me succeed. I would also like to thank indi.com for giving me a great first experience in LA. When I was 18 I won a contest through indi.com when John Shanks (Grammy award winning music creator) selected me as Artist of the Year. The day after I graduated high school, I flew out to LA with my mom to meet him and record a couple songs at Studio City Sound. I loved the city and that trip played a large role in me deciding to move to LA.
Other: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4vyXjivS5Uy1AMrL2jw2Qs Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/taylor-taylor/1078055508 SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/Taylor2Music