Taylor B-W – I’m So Broke [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words:

Soulful, funky, colourful

Tell us a few things about your new song “I’m So Broke”. It certainly has a playful vibe. What is the story behind it?

The song originated from writing about my own mental health issues: depression and anxiety. I can sometimes feel up or down or round or backwards – anything goes! It’s about feeling a little ‘unhinged’ in your mind.

However, I didn’t want to write just another typical sad and woeful tune, so I made the music playful and cheeky instead, to lift the spirits of those who might relate to the sentiment behind the lyrics.

Do you like the idea of collaborating? Is songwriting a lonely process?

Only in the past 3 years have I begun collaborating – for me, songwriting is such an intimate, personal experience that it was hard to express such vulnerability with others at first. However, when I began expanding my bubble and collaborating with various songwriters and producers, it really helped to deepen my lyrical and production skills so now I love collaborating too. I don’t find songwriting is a lonely process at all. Very comforting, in fact.

Favourite album of the past decade?

Yikes, that is a tough one. It would have to either be Lana Del Rey’s ‘Born To Die’, or Vera Blue’s ‘Perennial’. Both struck a magical, positive chord with me and I’m obsessed with both artists!

Is Spotify the music industry’s new Gatekeepers?

I don’t think so. Although I do love Spotify, and I appreciate how it has established a different, accessible pathway for people to discover new indie artists, I do not agree with how it pays the artists. They need to improve their royalty payment system dramatically in order to be taken seriously and respected by all artists in this business.

What was the best film you have watched during the quarantine?

Having not been someone who watched any streaming channels pre-COVID, I had A LOT of catching up to do on the streaming TV show front when Australia first went into lockdown in 2020. And I’d have to say ‘Schitt’s Creek’ and ‘Atypical’ helped to keep me sane and happy during that initial time. I highly recommend!

One last thing we should know about you?

Something that people might not know about me is that I’m actually passionate about wildlife and became a qualified zookeeper in 2017. Although music eventually called me back, and I’ve never actually been employed as a keeper, I’m still a huge supporter for wildlife conservation and will do whatever possible to improve the lives of endangered animals where I can.

Thank you!

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