Interview: Taylor Rosalia Marie talks Artistry, Influences, “Guard Up”, and the Future

Interview: Taylor Rosalia Marie talks Artistry, Influences, “Guard Up”, and the Future

The culture of music is becoming more advanced than it’s ever been. At one time everything was so seperated with every artists having their own thing that they can excel. If someone was an artist, write, or music executive thats all they were, but now you can find all of those things in one person more than ever, with Taylor Rosalia Marie being a shining example of that. She is talented singer, songwriter, as well as a rising exec for 1824 under Universal Music. Hot on the release of her new single “Guard Up” under her new label November 27 records, she took time to answer some questions for us. Below is the interview.

Who is Taylor Rosalia Marie the artist?

I am a creative. A feeler. An empath. A lover.  A lover of words, of feelings, of emotions, and of experiences. Someone who loves to take their experiences and turn them into art. 

Who are some of your influences and how do you incorporate that into your music?

I have so many inspirations! They include: Summer Walker, Kehlani, Keyshia Cole, Kaash Paige, Teyana Taylor, Jhené Aiko, Kiana Ledé, Mahalia, Jazmine Sullivan, PnB Rock, Dreezy, Jai’Len Josey, Cleo Sol, Ari Lennox,  Frank Ocean. 

What was your creative process for your new single “Guard Up?”

Guard Up was a super personal song forget me. I was doing some healing work and some deep emotional work, and the lyrics came to me randomly when I was actually at a meeting. I started scribbling down the lyrics as they came to mind. The hook came first and the chorus. I started in on a verse, but that came later when I really sat down. 

After the meeting, I literally ran over to the closest Starbucks, started recording melodies before they could escape my mind, and sent them to my incredible producer, Nate, who had a beat ready within what I think was literally a day or two. Super grateful for him- it was such an exciting and creative process watching the song turn from a couple words and lyrics into something real, tangible, and whole. 

How did you know it was time to release it?

The song went through a lot! A lot of changes, ideas, concepts, and edits. I got so many creative ideas and kept wanting to add things like monologues and voicemails to give the song more depth and to turn it into a story. I can usually feel when it’s time to release a song when that sense of peace and satisfaction overcomes me, and eventually that came to me. 

What would you like for people to get out of your music?

Honestly, all I could ever want is to connect with my listeners. I just want people who listen to music to feel like they have somebody that they can relate to. Having that connection with somebody- that means the world to me. I honestly kind of cry whenever someone tells me they enjoy my music or that they even listen. I just feel so grateful. All I could ask for is that people listen. 

What is one piece of advice you would give to an upcoming artist?

I would tell an upcoming artist that they need to believe in themselves, because nobody else’s opinion matters as much as theirs does. If you don’t believe in yourself- nobody will do it for you. People are always going to talk about you and your art, whether you’re doing bad or good. Just do you. The support will come. If you believe in you and your art- that is all that matters. 

What’s next for you?

Honestly, I just want to keep creating. Being a creative brings me an unprecedented amount of joy and I just feel grateful that I am able to make things that I believe in. I just want to keep making art. If people listen- thats even better. I’m just here to create and to take the words in my mind and translate them into art. 

Check out Taylor Rosalia Marie “Guard Up” below and follow her on Instagram. Stay Global my Friends!

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