“I feel like the best way to promote your music is by not promoting it.”
Check out the interview with Tashawn Taylor exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Tashawn Taylor: It all started when I was a freshman in high school and I realized I wanted to be a rapper and a songwriter. I then created my very own mixtape that was only sold through hard copies and I didn’t put any of the extra songs online. After becoming more of an established artist around junior year of high school, I started to gain more attention in the Greater Boston Area
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
I have several pieces of advice to give to people, not just kids. Understand the difference between cocky and confident. Don’t stop sharing your music after it gets attention. Don’t stop creating. The most successful people never stopped creating what they wanted regardless of who was listening or not.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
One of the biggest challenges I have is anxiety. Most people I tell this to always laugh because I’m so daring when I’m on stage and when I record, but it’s the truth. I am always fighting a battle with my inner demons and my crippling doubts of failure and unhappiness. Though I triumph every single time, I always wonder when the fight will end.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I feel like the best way to promote your music is by not promoting it. Don’t tag all of your friends. Try to be as convenient as possible. Show people a song you’re working on, tell them about shows, tell people about the music you make, and then drop it unexpectedly. I guarantee you’ll make at least 1 fan every time you do this.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I honestly love the diversity in music that comes from Cambridge. You have your lyrical rappers such as Don Dzy, Anibal, Lotus Taylor, Millyz, and Connor Donovan; then you have your gritty trap artists like Gogo, Lally, 400 Isa, and 400 Pronto. We always put on for our city and tell the world our sides of the story and how we grew up around our area.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself with a very healthy fan base. I have a whole lot ideas that the world just needs to see. I might travel down to California to work with some serious pioneers in the game, but nonetheless I see myself not at the peak of my career, but at the very beginning of my true success.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I look up to artists like Nas, Kanye, Andre 3000, Big L, and Tupac. Not only are they so honest in their music, they are so shameless about it. In today’s world I look up to artists such as Kendrick, J. Cole, Mick Jenkins, Chance The Rapper, Lil Uzi Vert, and NoName. They usually capture all of the qualities I like in an artist.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I honestly love the music that’s coming out today. I witnessed both sides of the trap vs. lyrical debate from 2016-2017, and I don’t see things I can’t enjoy at this point. I know not all rappers are in fact good at what they do, but there are others that you can appreciate because of the way they carry themselves as artists and as people.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Facebook: Tashawn Taylor
YouTube: Tashawn Taylor