A native of Boca Raton, Florida, Taylor Colson made the move to Los Angeles like a lot of aspiring artists do. With dreams of writing songs and releasing music, that’s where it made sense for her to be. Still there’s a lot about Colson that’s different from every other budding singer/songwriter out there. For one, she’s a bit of a throwback. She makes music that’s modern… but sounds like it has roots in 60’s noire. It’s a bit ethereal and Colson’s deep but sultry voice makes it stand out from not just other women independent artists, but independent artists in general. Her throwback attitude, paired with her ability to see things a bit differently than most lent itself to making her first video, a video she did for her single “Hurt Me.” She did it by herself, in her apartment, with nothing but her MacBook to help her film and plan.
“I didn’t know much about making videos,” explained Colson when talking with Alternative Addiction recently. “I think what happened was Photobooth opened on my computer and I saw old photos that I had taken years ago. I thought that maybe it would be cool to make a video like that. Everything has a grainy/older look to it. It was easy to set up and do and that’s what kind of sparked the idea,” added the vocalist.
Colson filmed her parts, but she also edited in different old footage into the video to complete the work. Colson spent hours looking for the right footage and editing it into the video. The final product? It’s one of those cool self-isolation/technology concepts where Colson did the best, she could with what she had, and it ended up working out.
Further talking with Taylor about “Hurt Me”, we discussed not just the video – but the writing of the song. She talked about what it was about and then transitioned to talking about writing something only to have it come out months later.
“The song is all about guilt. It’s about feeling guilty, at least for me. It was about leaving even though it had to be done. It’s about – ‘I shouldn’t feel this way, but I feel this way.’ It was probably written over a year ago. When you write something, you’re still dealing with the emotions of it. Then, when you finally put it out, you’re in a completely different place in your life and it has a different meaning to you. I think that’s cool.”
Colson’s talent is immense but like anybody, she’s found the right person to work with. She found her writing partner Dylan Jackson Scott, who’s an immense talent in his own right with his band RH2 on the fast track too. In the conversation, Colson talked about meeting Jackson Scott and why they work well together.
“I met Dylan through mutual friends probably a year after I moved to L.A. He moved here around the same time. When we first met, we instantly connected. He’s from Jersey, I’m from Florida. We had some similarities. We felt like we’d known each other forever. We’ve been working together ever since. We stay on the same page about everything. When it works, it works.”
Working with Dylan led Colson to create some cool music, but it also led her to a once in a lifetime opportunity while traveling along with Jackson Scott in Europe. She got to open for lovelytheband and RH2 on tour.
“Dylan has been friends with Mitch since they were teenagers, for a really long time. Dylan’s band was opening for lovely for their Europe tour and I went with them. Mitch asked me if I wanted to open a few shows while I was there. It was crazy. I had never rehearsed; I didn’t have any music out at the time. It was very spontaneous thing, but I wanted to do it. Members of the band jumped in and helped, and we were practicing in the back of a van with a Bluetooth speaker. There were no rehearsals, we just got on stage and did it, and it was amazing.”
“I’m not going to lie; I was definitely nervous, but I knew I needed to do it. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity. How do you pass that up? It was in Scandinavia – I played my first shows in Scandinavia – who gets to do that here? I got a great response, the audience at all the shows were amazing and it was fun. I’m excited to do it again once things go back to normal.”-aa