Interview: Taylor Noelle

taylor-noelleBorn and raised in L.A., before bringing her talents to the music city of Nashville, Taylor Noelle is one of the most talented and versatile artists to emerge in the past year. Her debut EP Out of My System is an absolute gem, with each track showcasing a different style and a different side to her personality, all coming together as one multifaceted marvel. I caught up with this purveyor of pop perfection ahead of her first ever trip to the UK:

Thanks for your time! You recently released your debut EP Out of My System towards the end of last year. Are you happy with the way it turned out and with the reception you’ve been getting?
Thank you so much! I am so thrilled with how the EP turned out. It’s more than I ever dreamed of. I’m so happy to have these songs ‘out of my system’ and out there in the world. The reception has been unbelievable to me. I am so grateful for the support I’ve gotten.

One of the main reasons I loved the EP was that it portrayed such a range of emotions but always felt like it came from the heart. What do you think these songs say about you as a person?
Well thank you very much! I think that sincerity is very important to me. My songs are built on a core of real emotions and real experiences. I always want to write and sing about things that are real and personal to me. I also think that these songs show how I process my feelings – how I move through things that are difficult and how I celebrate the good!

I was struck by the diversity of the music between the different tracks. Who would you say are your biggest musical influences?
I adore Stevie Nicks. I think that her fearlessly honest approach to songwriting has affected me more than I can say. So I also love Fleetwood Mac. Some of my current favorite musicians include Tori Kelly, the band Haim, and Alabama Shakes. I suppose in all of these you can see a trend of powerful women unafraid of saying deeply personal things in their music. To me, sticking to a genre is less important that being honest and sincere and evoking the emotion you intend to evoke with a song.

You’re now based in Nashville after growing up in L.A.; that must have been quite a big change? What effect do you think it had on your music and your approach to songwriting?
It was absolutely a huge change. I sincerely love both Los Angeles and Nashville, but Nashville has done so much for my growth as a musician and a songwriter. I had never co-written or even played my music along with another person before moving to Tennessee. Learning to open up and share the creation process with someone else is probably one of the largest steps forward I’ve taken as a person and as an artist.

Nashville has opened up a whole new world of opportunities for you, including playing at the legendary Bluebird Cafe! That must have been quite an experience?
Getting to play at the Bluebird is such an incredible honor. It’s a truly special place. I actually worked there as a food runner a couple of summers ago, so I got to be there night after night listening to some of the best songwriters in town. Getting to witness so many beautiful moments really made me appreciate what a unique place it is. And Nashville is really unlike any other city. It is such a wonderful, supportive community for creative people.

Your latest adventure involves you bringing your music here to the UK. What made you decide to come to London? Are you more nervous or excited?
I think that London has always been a place I knew I wanted to explore, so when the opportunity arose I couldn’t turn it down! I know it’s going to be a challenge at times, as this is the farthest away and longest time I’ve ever been from home. But I want to take this time to grow and be independent and learn about myself better than I would by staying in my comfort zone. And London is such an amazing city, so I really can’t think of anywhere better to do all those things!

After London, what do you hope the rest of 2017 has in store?
I hope to keep connecting to new listeners with Out of My System. The response so far has been more than I ever dreamed of, and I would love to keep that going. Keep an eye out for some new videos coming soon! Beyond that, I plan on continuing to write and write and write some more, both on my own and with other people. I want to play more shows over the summer and in the fall, hopefully some outside of the Nashville area! Once I have some songs I really feel confident in, I would love to get back in the studio. But I don’t want to rush that at all. I’m very hopeful and optimistic about what the next year holds.

Massive thank you to Taylor and best of luck with London and beyond!