Hey TWIST Readers!
Check out this new up-and-coming singer-songwriter, Taylor Berrett! His new EP just dropped today on iTunes and we already love his song, "Anchor Chasing." This is definitely one artist to watch! Taylor spilled to TWIST all about his music, how he turned his mistakes into songs, and his connection to Rihanna!
Check out his music video for "Anchor Chasing," below!
TWIST: Can you tell me a little about your sound and the music that you play? Taylor: Yeah, it's a little bit all over the place, but I think at its heart it's pop music. I like to write melodies that are memorable and striking. I try to use a lot of acoustic instruments as opposed to electronic sounds because I like the sound more. Well, you know, a lot of it is pop music. And I'm kind of influenced by a lot of hip hop artists and soul artists and folk artists as well.
T: I read that when you were younger you wanted to be an author? How and when did you decide you wanted to move into music? TB: Yeah, I think it was when I was young, I loved reading and that's where loving to write came from. I'd want to write short stories and novels. I think the switch came when I was playing guitar and I learned about song writing and how it worked. It kind of added a new element because song writing is a lot like being an author but instead of just words; you also have the music to it, which adds a whole level of being able to send emotions across that's just not words. It happened when I was around 13 or 14 when I realized that it added a layer to writing.
T: When you're writing your songs, where do you draw your inspiration from? TB: A lot of times, it comes from mistakes or conflict. I think when things are going really well its hard to be inspired just cause, you know, there's not a long you can say about that expect, "it feels great." Mistakes I've made or conflict whether it's external or internal.
T: I heard that you were under the same management team as Rihanna? TB: Yeah same management production team.
T: Is she someone you could see yourself working with? TB: Oh yeah, she's great! She has a very unique, cool voice. She has a very unique sound, and style and she's diverse in the music she's done.
T: Have you ever met her? TB: Yes I did, once at a video shoot and I embarrassed myself. T: What happened? TB: I met her at the shoot for "What's My Name" with Drake through the production company we share. So I met her and she was so, so nice. But when I get nervous I make jokes and at one point she turned to someone I work with rather often and said, "You're in really good hands here with Evan." And I said, "Well, I don't know about that," as a joke! But it was a bad joke, and she didn't know me so she didn't know I was joking so she just thought I was really, really mean. So that was my celebrity meeting experience with Rihanna.
T: Do you have any upcoming projects that our TWIST readers should know about? I know you mentioned the EP... TB: Yeah the EP is a big thing, online, very soon. And in terms of specific things just playing a lot of shows all over and writing and recording more music. So that's what's up next!
T: Thanks for talking to us Taylor! TB: Thanks TWIST!