Thank you so much! I’ve been pretty well, absolutely loving my decision to move to Los Angeles. I hope you’re all doing well at VENTS!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Let Him At The Party”?
“Left Him At The Party” is very important to my newest EP, Crystal Poles. I would say this song and Crystal Poles are integral to the building of this project. They discuss the Hollywood parties my evil alter-ego White Shade attends. It discusses the evil side of Hollywood; the evil side of fame, stealing, cheating, “the land of snakes and flies,” “rich lies,” and greed. I also explore my sobriety in a world of drugs and alcohol. While White Shade thrives in this menacing world, Scarlett Taylor, my true side, despises and eventually abandons the fake void.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Not any particular event inspired it. It was more a re-cap of my view being at parties in general. I do remember the first Hollywood party I went to; it was filled with people who appeared to be vampires and there was a lot of alcohol, lights, and sweat. I also created this song before moving to Los Angeles, but I had visited for a few months and already knew the vibe and type of people that occupied the streets. It was like entering a new dimension. I have never been one to enjoy parties; I would rather stay at home. I think a lot of it is due to my sobriety and sometimes introverted lifestyle.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Not… yet! I do have a lot of videos from previous projects on Youtube, however.
The single comes off your new album Crystal Poles– what’s the story behind the title?
A lot of the concepts behind Crystal Poles comes from exploring myself and becoming a woman. I imagine Crystal Poles not only taking place at mansions in Hollywood, but also a smoky noir strip club. I imagined strippers at the club and parties dancing upon diamond and crystal encrusted poles. A type of Hollywood/Vegas glamour that would be hard to come across anywhere else. I think “Crystal Poles” accurately summarized the magic and fantasy of the entire concept.
How was the recording and writing process?
I typically will write whenever I feel emotional, which is often! Call me old school but I really like handwriting so I will take out my notebook versus my phone or a computer. Hell, i’ve written on napkins in my glove compartment before. Me and my producer typically collaborate with our lyrics/ideas to create songs. We had both been on trips to Los Angeles and were fascinated with the people and overall vibe. We took both of our viewpoints of the party lifestyle, along with my concepts of White Shade, and created Crystal Poles. It was often necessary for me to be in a good mood to record this particular style.
How Lana Del Rey and Banks has influenced your writing?
I really enjoy both Lana and Bank’s work. I think I derive a lot of inspiration from Lana’s story lines. I always make sure I have an entire concept for an album before I even begin writing. It typically will read in my mind like a storybook and I write from there. As an artist, you have to have a story. I really admire Banks for her vulnerability. I always try to remain raw and honest when I’m writing.
What made you want to seek for a subtle new direction on this record?
I’m always open to new ideas. Me and my producer wanted to create a project that was more “pop” and more up-tempo that my previous projects. We wanted to experiment! What we eventually came up with was magical and I was really impressed with how we changed the sound. I think the concepts behind the album was what really made it different.
What role does LA play in your music?
Living in Los Angeles and constantly being surrounded by artists, performers, and creatives is incredible. I have performed at a variety of dope venues here, including the Rainbow Room and Whisky a Go Go. Everywhere I go I am constantly networking. It definitely has given me insight into the industry, and thus, my musical style. I am also constantly surrounded by the sun and ocean versus Minnesota, which can be absolutely dreary.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I grew up listening to a wide variety of music so a lot of artists have helped influence my work. I remember spending a lot of time listening to Sia’s album “Breathe Me” growing up. Her emotive lyrics and the rawness of her voice really inspired me. I started listening to a lot of jazz in high school and grew a liking to Billie Holiday and Amy Winehouse. For this specific album, I drew inspiration from the streets of Los Angeles, Hollywood, clubs, parties, and the overall lifestyle of people in my age group. It’s like being on the outside looking in by being constantly surrounded by substances but not partaking in any activity. It actually helped me to recreate the scenes as I was sober at every party and event.
Any plans to hit the road?
Not at the moment, although hopefully sometime in the near future. I love traveling and have a lot of listeners out of state and the country that I would love to meet.
What else is happening next in Scarlett Taylor’s world?
I will be going back to the dark side…this new album will explore evolved ideas of my older concepts, including abandonment, loss, and darkness. All in a new and dark musical style.