We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylor Thi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Taylor, why did you pursue a creative career?
When I was just about 3 years old, my dad took me to. a James Taylor concert and that’s when I spoke of wanting to become an artist. Well, at the time I said popstar and ever since then it stuck. Music allows me to express who I am, it’s my therapy and has saved my life at times. It’s been the one thing that keeps me up and going. As cliche as this sounds, one of the reasons I want to continue to pursue music is to help people. I’ll always remember working at a tanning salon when I was 18 years old and this dad brought his 15 year old daughter in to meet me. She walked in and bursted into tears as i’m sitting behind the receptionist desk as a bunch of ladies for waiting to get in the tanning beds. She hugged me so tight and couldn’t believe she was talking to me. The next day went by and her dad came back in. He looked at me, said thank you and told me his daughter said to him “I want to follow my dreams because Taylor is following hers”. After that I knew that was the reason I do music. I get to inspire people and the fact I could do that through my music was an incredible gift I was given. Not only has it saved me through low and dark moments I’ve had, but it could save others. My music can not only get people through dark times, but even uplift and make people feel empowered. That’s truly why I do what I do and I won’t ever give up music. I know in my soul it’s what I’m meant to do with my life and I can’t to see what’s more to come.
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’ve always taken pride in my work especially in the recent years. I recently just put out one of my most conceptional creative projects “Michael Myers” this past October. I put out a music video along with it which I got the opportunity to write the script, shot list, edit and really be in control of that whole project. It’s really important to me to really be in control not only of the music, but of all the visuals for it. I just want to make sure i’m really able to put out work that truly represents me. I’d describe my sound as Hip Hop infused with pop. I’m heavily influenced by Kehlani, Tinashe and Melanie Martinez. I feel as though in my younger years of releasing music I’d go in the studio, do a few takes and ask if that sounded good. Now I can truly say I walk in and drill takes for hours on end through the night until not only I feel confident in it, but the people on the other side of the booth feel it too. I feel as though now I can be honest in my writing, but I also believe your music doesn’t grow until you start growing as a person. It was a lot of patience, hard work and determination to get to where I am today in my music. I can proudly say I found my dream team and have a whole army behind me ready to get all this music out we’ve been working on for years, but that wouldn’t of been possible if I didn’t keep pushing past the “no’s” that will and did come. When I was younger I had a dream to pursue music, live in LA and make it my full time job. At 15 I got a job and have been working ever since to make that money to invest in my art. I’ll be honest, there was a lot of tears by the end of all my shifts serving at multiple restaurants, but it was all worth it. I never had family in the music industry or anyone to really guide me, so I had to put myself out there. I made a call to a recording studio in North Hollywood at 15 years old to having the owner kind of laugh in my face a little to then having that same amazing man call me 3 years later to fly out to LA because he’d been watching my social media all those years after. In this industry i’ve learned to just put yourself out there, no matter how crazy it may sound because you never know what door it may open up. I want people to know that it’s okay to feel lost in what you’re doing and just be patient in yourself. I moved back to Texas recently from LA after living there for almost a year on and off due to the pandemic and my industry being shut down for the most part at the moment. Through all of that transition, I’ve learned to be patient and still figure out a way to continue to release music. Even when times are tough, don’t let it discourage you and keep going. I hope when people listen to my music they can feel a sense of empowerment. This might sound clique, but I was bullied as a kid and had a really hard time fitting in. My confidence was shot and I never felt like I could find who I was. Music saved me, gave me confidence and power. When I go through hard times I truly sit, listen to my music and it pulls me out of it. I’m hoping I can do that for people and inspire them. All of my music has some type of underlying meaning of self worth, whether it’s in your face or very subtle, but it’s there. Overall, my message as an artist is to never give up on yourself. Be confident in who you are and be patient with yourself!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I don’t know where to begin! If my friend were to visit me in LA I’d definitely take them to West Hollywood in the Melrose area. They have a trading post ever Sunday on Melrose Avenue where you can always find cheap vintage clothes to anything you could imagine. You’l.l always find me thrifting or vintage shopping. We’d also go to Mama Shelter in Los Angeles which is a cute low-key rooftop bar. I’m not one to enjoy super crowded and loud places, so any hole in the wall places is ideal. I like being able to dress up and have a chill night! Any scenic places too at night is always beautiful, so I’d take a friend up to Muholland Drive that overlooks the whole city of Los Angeles. Lastly, we’d drive up to Malibu and watch the sunset!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I feel like there’s way to many to name, but one group I have to name is definitely my team. I’ve been recording music now for the last 4 years and in the last 2 years or so, I’ve really found my team. They’re like my family and always have my back. My producer David Bone and Co Writer Jose Quinones took me under little over 2 years now and allowed me to find my voice. They’ve pushed me to challenge myself and I have them to thank for allowing me to just create and do what I love. I can’t even begin to express how much they’ve inspired me and continue to every day. They’re my dream team, I can never thank them enough and we can’t wait to continue to share what we’ve been working on the last 2 years.
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