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Since releasing her debut album Space Case last year, Taylor Grey has continued writing music, recently dropping her single Back to Bite with an EP due in the near future. With her popularity increasing, Taylor has collaborated with The Vamps’ Brad Simpson and also supported American singer-songwriter Jacob Whitesides on multiple tours. Catching up with talented artist recently, she tells us about her collaborations, her upcoming EP and the release of her new single Back to Bite.
Have you always enjoyed music and songwriting?
Yes! I started writing songs when I was around ten years old. I would force my friends to write songs with me when they would come over for playdates; it was my favourite thing to do.
How has your music changed from the start of your career?
I’ve gone through a lot of stages of self-discovery and each single or EP reflects that stage of my life. When I was younger, I didn’t have a strong sense of who I was, I think I have a better understanding now.
How did it feel releasing your debut album Space Case last year?
I was relieved to have music out that I didn’t write when I was fifteen/sixteen. But at the same time, now Space Case feels dated to me. I get bored of myself quickly. I like creating new things!
How did the collaborations with The Vamps’ Brad Simpson and singer Spencer Kane come about?
I asked them if they’d be willing to collaborate and I got lucky they both said yes. Obviously, the music industry is a little more complicated than that but that’s kind of the gist!
What was it like supporting Jacob Whitesides on his tours?
Jacob is incredibly talented and has the most supportive, amazing fans. I would say a large number of people who listen to my music found me through him and his tours so I’m forever grateful to him for that opportunity.
How did the live performance go at Hotel Café in Los Angeles where you premiered your single Back to Bite?
That was the most amazing show I’ve put on thus far. I got the best feedback I could’ve gotten which was, “That was you up there. That was just you. And it felt like a therapy session”.
Where did you get the inspiration from to write your recent release?
I spent a lot of time this past year working on myself. I wrote Back to Bite because I have been really hurt in the past, and I wanted to create a song where I could take my voice back and hopefully inspire others to do so as well.
📷 : Nikko Lamere
How did you decide on the track title?
I felt like this new EP was a new era for me, a rebrand sort of. And I thought “Back to Bite” was perfect, because I’m coming back into the music world with a bite haha.
What has the response been like so far to your new music?
It’s been really amazing. I’m really happy to see that people seem to like the song. I’ve gotten a lot of amazing responses from women telling me they related and it made them feel empowered.
What can people expect from your upcoming EP?
Some songs that are pretty raw and vulnerable. I think they’re pretty cool, I hope other people do too.
Do you have a release date for it yet?
Soon! Sometime this fall!
Are there any plans to visit the UK with your music?
I wish!! Not currently, but it’s a dream of mine to do a show in the UK.
Do you have any live performances this year?
I just did two shows opening up for The Vamps which was incredible, but for right now I’m hitting the library at Stanford. But there will be shows this year if I can help it.
What are your music plans for 2019?
Just to keep getting better and better at what I do. I never want to stop growing.
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