Up And Coming Singer-Songwriter, TAYLOR TUCKER Debuts New Single And Discusses The Inspiration Behind It And More!
Posted On 29 Jun 2016
Taylor Tucker is an up-and-coming artist set to take her place in the music scene with witty lyricism, inspired by the likes of Lily Allen and Sara Bareilles, accompanied by an ear-catching soulful edge.
Taylor is set to release her first EP this summer. All Access is excited today to debut her single, “Enough To Me.”
I wrote ‘Enough To Me’ on my ukulele for one of my sisters. It was the first completed song I’ve ever written. In the middle of writing the song,my inspiration expanded and shifted towards anyone in this world who has ever felt insecure and uncomfortable in their own skin. I want to let everyone know that they are enough and will always be enough,” explains Taylor. “The media has painted a picture of what happiness is supposed to be and how you can “achieve” happiness with the way you look and how you live. In order to do this, you must lose weight or gain muscle, fit into a specific size of pants, buy all the latest beauty brands and technology….and only THEN will you be happy. Give me a break. I believe you can find happiness within yourself, because once you find happiness within yourself, you don’t need all the other stuff in your life. You are already enough in every way possible.”
Listen to “Enough To Me” here on Taylor’s Soundcloud:
Learn more about Taylor in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time! How’s 2016 treating you so far? How’s your summer been going? What were some of the highlights of 2015 for you and your music?
Of course! Thank you for the interview. This year has been treating me pretty fantastically. My summer has been off to a great start, working full-time, performing all over the city, and getting ready for my first ever E.P. release! I’ve met so many amazing people and will be attending many, many of their shows this summer as well.
2015 was probably my favorite year so far in regards to music. A huge highlight was putting myself through writing boot-camp for two weeks and writing songs for my E.P. and soon-to-be album. After shows and open mics, people would say “I related so much to that song, thank you for writing that” and my whole week would be made. I also got to meet an incredible friend and producer, Michael Abiuso, who produced my record with me as well as mixed and mastered it. We had such a blast recording and I’m insanely lucky to have had the opportunity to record at SwitchBitch Studios. Another highlight would also be performing my first ever shows at Parkside Lounge, The Bitter End, Pandora Radio NYC, Northside Festival, etc. It was probably the most nervous I’ve ever been and tried extremely hard not to faint or pee my pants. But I made it through, dry pants and all!
Yes, I’ve always wanted to perform, and would have visions of me on stage singing my own music, but I was way too scared to sing in front of people. I suffered from stage fright and rarely sang in front of people until I was 24. When I was little, I used to put on records and read the lyrics booklet in the CD cases (I know, like from the dino ages). I wouldn’t come out of my room until I knew every lyric and at least a minutes worth of dance steps for my make-believe music video. I got the Britney Spears barbie doll set for Christmas one year and a karaoke machine with a microphone. After I was done crying tears of joy and being an emotional wreck, I would sing all day long in my basement.
What does it feel like to be releasing your debut EP this summer? How long have you been working on the songs on it?
Honestly, I feel like I’m giving birth to my first child. It’s the best feeling ever and I don’t have to go through the pain of actually having a kid. It’s amazing but also terrifying. You’re basically saying “Hello world! Here are the thoughts in my head! Judge away!” People usually get acquainted with a person on the outside, but very rarely do people have the balls to open up about what they’re thinking about on the inside. It took me a while, but I did it! And I’m very proud to show you all what I’ve been thinking about. I’ve been writing since I was about 10 years old, but I didn’t actually start writing songs from start to finish until March of 2015. I taught myself ukulele and dusted off my guitar. YouTube was my best friend, which is how I re-learned to play everything.
What was the inspiration for your newest single, “Enough To Me”?
I wrote this song for one of my sisters. I saw her struggling to accept herself for who she is (which is a stunningly beautiful and hilarious woman) and wanted her to know she is enough. I haven’t told her that this song is written for her yet, but I have a feeling she figured it out a while ago. Growing up in this society it’s very easy to believe that you need tons of money, makeup and top brand clothing & accessories to be happy. But that’s certainly not true whatsoever.
The media feeds and brainwashes us every single day with this information and I don’t know about you, but I’m quite fed up with it. Accept and love yourself for who you are and you will be happier than anyone, I promise. So cheesy, but super true.
Oh yea! I’m definitely going to book shows when I can and still perform at open mics around the city. They’re so much fun and you get to meet tons and tons of people. It’s important for me to build my fan-base and perform around where I’m from first and then hopefully get to tour the rest of the country someday. That would be sweet.
Has anything surprised you about the music industry so far? What’s been the best part about it all?
Nothing has been a big surprise so far, because I’ve only dipped my big toe into this humungous pool. It’s definitely a learn-as-you-go process (I Google almost everything and ask tons of questions all the time), but I’m loving it.
Who are some of your favorite artists? What artists continue to inspire you year after year?
Sara Bareilles, ZZ Ward, and Katy Perry are my favorite singer/songwriters. I’m loving Ingrid Michaelson, Adele, Lukas Graham and Florence and The Machine, along with Lily Allen, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Sia, X Ambassadors, Twenty One Pilots, etc. There’s way too many to count, I would literally be here for days writing down everyone who inspires me if I could.
At the end of the day, what do you hope is the message for your music? What do you hope listeners take away from your songs?
Each song is different, so it’s hard to pinpoint a message for my songs as a whole. This may go hand in hand with the second question asked here, but I just want to write songs that are honest and truthful about whatever I’m going through in my life. My goal as a songwriter is to make sure that people stay and feel connected to whatever I’m writing about – I know it’s always a relief to know you’re not crazy for thinking certain things. Other people feel the exact same way I do about situations so it’s important for me to write from the heart (whether that’s a happy or a bitchy song … and I do have a ton of those, ha).
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourself and/or your music?
I mean, I can write a book. But, I think the bottom line is I hope people feel inspired to start living their dreams after reading about me starting mine at a late age. It doesn’t really matter what age you are and I highly doubt that people honestly care. If anything, they will be inspired as well. So follow your heart, listen to yourself and just be a good person.
There’s too much crappy shit happening in this world. So I think it’s a great idea to get involved and give back. I am now a part of Sing For Hope and submitted my audition tape for Musicians On Call, so I’m on my way to doing just that. When you give back, you feel good, and it puts a smile on peoples faces. Just like music.