MYLIE TAYLOR - THE FUTURE FEMALE ICON OF MUSIC [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]
BY BRENESSA ROACH | SEPTEMBER 1, 2023
Introducing Mylie Taylor, an Indie/Alt-Rock based singer and songwriter hailing from Toronto, Canada. Mylie is the daughter of the late Mike Taylor, a singer from the Canadian band Walk off the Earth. Growing up surrounded by music thanks to her father’s influence, she marked her official debut on October 22nd, 2021 with the single “Poker With The Devil”. Since her debut, she has followed up with three more releases – “OOPSIE DAISIES”, “DISAPPEAR” and “USELESS”.
At midnight, Mylie Taylor unveiled her fifth single, “BETTER YET”. Behind The Beat had the opportunity to engage in a conversation with Mylie to delve into the inspiration behind this song, her musical journey and her plans for the future.
Can you introduce yourself?
Mylie Taylor: Hi! My name is Mylie and I’m an independent artist based out of Toronto.
How did your musical journey begin?
Mylie Taylor: Most of the credit goes to my dad. He was a touring musician for most of my life and totally introduced me to performing and writing.
Who were some musical inspirations that inspired you to become a singer?
Mylie Taylor: I’ve always been in love with 90s grunge. One of my top inspirations is Courtney Love and her band Hole. I also listened to a lot of Lil Peep growing up, I think he inspired me to be as honest as I am in my writing.
You are actually our first female artist interview and so, I wanted to ask you, who are some female artists you’re currently loving?
Mylie Taylor: OMG! I’m so honoured. I really love LØLØ, DeathbyRomy, and Siiickbrain!
BETTER YET" SONG BREAKDOWN
Congrats on the release of “BETTER YET”! Can you describe the inspiration/meaning behind this song?
Mylie Taylor: As someone in recovery for multiple issues pertaining to mental health I am definitely getting better now, however, I dont think I’m totally BETTER YET 😉
What was the production and writing process like for this song?
Mylie Taylor: I wrote this song with a friend of mine, Myles Erlick, who has known me for most of my life. The song stemmed from a conversation we had where I explained I feel like I’m getting better now but I’m not better yet. This statement turned out to be the chorus, title, and overall message of the song.
Can you describe this song using a colour and why you chose that colour?
Mylie Taylor: Better Yet = red. I chose red because the song isn’t completely sad, I am also angry and frustrated.
What emotions are you hoping the listeners to feel when they listen to this song?
Mylie Taylor: All my songs are meant for people to feel understood. I want people that relate to my music to know their feelings are valid and they aren’t alone or “crazy”
FINDING HER SOUND
A lot of your music is in the alt-rock genre, how did you find your sound?
Mylie Taylor: I grew up listening to a lot of alt-rock growing up, some of my favorite bands are Hole, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Deftones. Naturally, the music I write has always fallen into this genre.
So far, what song are you most proud of from your discography?
Mylie Taylor: So far, the song I’m most proud of is DISAPPEAR.
And for first time listeners, what song would you recommend them to listen to out of your discography?
Mylie Taylor: I think OOPSIE DAISIES is a good introduction to my music.
Is there a genre or sound you want to experiment with in the future?
Mylie Taylor: I love emo rap, I tried to incorporate a bit of that into OOPSIE DAISIES and I will definitely try to do it again.
Without giving away too many details, what do you have planned for the rest of the year?
Mylie Taylor: You can expect new music from me consistently for the rest of the year!
What do you hope for the future regarding your music career?
Mylie Taylor: I just hope that my music finds the people that will resonate with it.
Who is your dream collaboration with?
Mylie Taylor: Courtney Love!!
Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians?
Mylie Taylor: I think my advice would just be what I tell myself! Don’t try to be like anyone else but you. The industry has plenty of the same, what it will always need is something different.
“BETTER YET” by Mylie Taylor is now available on all digital streaming platforms so, make sure to listen here. Special thanks to Mylie for taking the time to do this interview with us.
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