Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Small Things”?
Yeah, Small Things is about all the things you wish people would tell you before you grow up. The “small things” in the song gradually get bigger and bigger as I downplay them because we tend to do that a lot, right? We say things aren’t important when they are. We don’t grant that thing enough space in our field of vision.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I wrote the song when I was thirteen so I suppose it was just fueled by pre-teen angst but the song has gotten more important to me the closer I’ve gotten to adulthood. I think little Vimbai was on to something.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Actually yes! I’m super excited to put some sort of video together for this song. Assorted family members and friends are helping me out on it so it’s their fault if it’s bad…
How was the recording and writing process?
It was really interesting. Most of it happened while I was still in school so it was interesting to experience that juxtaposition. I’d be out with the producer for the song (Kyle Puccia. Best Person!) recording guitar and then back at school before lunch was over to continue my day. The writing part of this whole thing has always been super organic for me. Most times, if I’m in the mood (ha) the words will just happen.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Indeed, my friend. We have two more songs set to come out in the near future that are completely done. Freaking turkeys. I’m not touching them anymore. On the real though, I really love these next two songs and I feel they represent what I feel and what I’m about rather well.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
We are still working out the details on the releases but we have two more songs recorded called “Follow Me to the End” and “Artificial Pleasure” which is the name of the EP. We will definitely have them out within the next couple of months.
What aspect of self-acceptance and other themes will you be exploring?
I think everyone finds it hard to accept themselves and all of their own flaws totally and completely. I know I haven’t. And most of the songs I write about myself and my life aren’t really what you would call “feel good pieces” but it’s all very personal. On the other hand, I tend to write about love as all encompassing. The people in my songs love their partners because sometimes you just want to write a love song. I also tend to write my songs like I’m writing a book. I mean, I’m 16, I’ve gone to private school forever. I haven’t really experienced the full scope of emotions yet. But, I write from these other people’s perspectives because I want to know more about their lives. It’s fun for me to get to know my own characters like that.
Why these topics in particular?
I think emotions in general are hard to capture just right or all the way. I adopt these themes and these people because the human experience is so vast and it’s impossible to not want to know or experience it all at once.
Any plans to hit the road?
I’ll be at the National Night Out in Toluca Lake this Tuesday night. I want get a proper band together so we can make this music the best it can be and start to tour. Otherwise you can usually catch me singing randomly walking down the street or in my turtle shell (my room) most hours of the day or night.
What else is happening next in VIMBAI Taylor’s world?
Right now? I’m going back to sleep. Further into the future though… I really don’t know. But that’s something I’m trying to figure out like most 16 year olds.