Interview By: Carrick Wenke
It’s funny how myself and Taylar Elizza Beth first met. We originally linked up to do this interview months ago, and in a true example of my luck, my phone broke and I lost all of the recording of the interview (lol -_-). When we finally were able to meet again we discussed many topics that she’s passionate about, including being a black femme artist, and she introduced me to people from the her community, a community she is very passionate about. The abstract of her creative mind is abundantly expressed in her video “Daisies” which was premiered by the Seattle Weekly, and is the lead off single to her long awaited Sophomore EP “Fresh Cut Flowrs”.
Who Are You? What Do You Wanna Tell The World About Yourself?
My name is Taylar Elizza Beth, I’m a rapper/singer/songwriter/visual artist/choreographer, kind of a jack of all trades renaissance artist. I just want the world to know that I’m here, and I’m hella excited to be here.
What/Who Are Your Main Inspirations For Making Music?
Honestly, this sounds kinda cheesy, but I think my biggest inspiration is myself and my life, and the things that I love and the things I hold dear to me. In terms of other artists, I’m just influenced by the people who are in the city right now, and the people that I get a chance to call my community. It’s dope, really really dope.
Who Are Some Producers You Work With?
On the next project, I’m working a lot with this producer from Brooklyn, his name is Urban Nerd, he’s dope and matches my sound a lot with the things he’s doing. He puts out projects on Bandcamp and you have to buy them for like $5 or something like that and you get 17 songs, so it’s hella cool. I really rock with Khris P, I’m hopefully gonna be working with him soon. Caleb, who goes by LUNAGOD, is an amazing producer. His project comes out soon and I have a feature on it.
Are You Affiliated With Any Artists Or Crews?
At the moment I’m kinda doing my own thing independently. I really fuck with 6950, I’m starting to get to know them more and hopefully having some shows coming up with them. I definitely consider them the best that are out right now, in terms of not only talent, but matching my visions and the shit that we do. So yeah, 6950 is definitely the group I fuck with most in Seattle.
Who Are Some Artists You Wish To Work With In The Future?
So local I’m definitely trying to work with DoNormaal. Really, anybody at this point. I feel like if our style matches, or if I vibe with you, I’d love to work. Ugly Frank, I’d love to work with him. I’d really like to work with Paris Alexa, I think she’s a beautiful singer. Zelli, is dope as fuck, Raven Matthews is dope as fuck. Non-Locally, I definitely wanna work with Sampha, do you know who that is? Sampha is amazing. I really wanna work with Hippie Sabotage and do cool stuff with them because they make beats, and it’s just really wavy shit and sounds dope. I would love to work with A$AP Ferg one day! He’s such a character and I definitely think we would have fun.
Who is God Blessin’?
I believe in the source and I try to manifest everything from the source, so I would say the universe is definitely blessing me right now, 100 percent.
You Recently Headlined The “TUF LUV” Event. Would You Care To Explain What That Experience Was Like?
Yeah the TUF LUV Event was dope as fuck. So “TUF” is a group of women and non-binary people who center around teaching and performing digital media and digital engineering. So they not only teach people how to produce and engineer, but they also just celebrate anybody who’s not a cis-man, pretty much, and highlight the art from the community as well. They’re really cool and I was super honored to perform, and I actually go to headline that event, which was really fun. I got a lot of really good feedback and it was only my second performance so the fact that I got to perform an entire festival was dope. I vibe with TUF really really hard. I’m proud of what they’re doing for Seattle and beyond, really.
It’s Been Roughly 2 Years Since You Dropped Your Last Project. How Has The Journey Been From Then To Now, Leading Up To The Release Of Frsh Cut Flwrs?
It’ll be two years in November, and I feel like a new person. I feel like a completely different artist in terms of how I’ve grown, my confidence, and direction/vision. I’ve really grown to understand the benefit of confidence and manifestation. I truly believe now that something bigger is coming and I think you can hear that in my music because I really don’t care anymore to be honest. I just stopped caring about what I should fit into, and stopped caring about what people thought my music “should be”, and just started going with whatever pops in my head, and as a result I’m on the track now! I’m just better!
Your latest video “Daisies” was recently premiered by Seattle Weekly. What went into the creative process of the video and how did you link up with the Weekly to premiere it?
So it’s kinda funny, I had a completely different idea for the “Daisies” video, and through shit not working out and change of vision and time, it completely changed. I have to say the artist who did all the visuals for it and shot it was Murk The Ruler, and he actually was the creative direction behind it, in terms of the green screen effect all of that. My whole idea was the different outfits and different characters and try and get into myself and showcase a bunch of different styles. It was definitely a collaborative effort, but not the original idea whatsoever. Cate McGhee from Seattle Weekly found me on the TUF LUV Event and came up to me and was like “I’m really interested in you”, and through communication they decided to release the video. I was really lucky.
What was your favorite late 90s/early 2000s Disney channel original movie?
Smart House! That and The Cheetah Girls. I memorized the moves and the lyrics. I was Raven before she turned…ugly.
When Can We Expect Your Next Project To Drop?
Fresh Cut Flowrs is my second EP that’s coming out, and this is really big for me. It’s a really meaningful project and it’s something I think I really dream about and worked so hard for. It’s not finished so you guys can expect it when it’s gold.
I think the last thing I would like to say is thank you. Thank you for vibing with me, all it takes is community. It’s all about community, it’s all about support, it’s all about love, so I’m excited to see what happens.