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Oct 30, 2020

After the whirlwind of 2019 under her belt, UPSAHL, aka Taylor Upsahl, is back with new music!

The singer, that recently launched two new singles  “12345SEX”  and “People I Don’t Like,” just released her new song “Money on My Mind”. The song is a sneak peek and the first single of her new album “Young Life Crisis” – which is out TODAY. The album tells the different phases and emotions of the artist during the year 2020 and each song represents a struggle faced by UPSAHL.

“It’s me narrating the young life crisis that I had in 2020. I made this EP by accident. I, along with most people, have had a shit show of a year. This has been the hardest year of my life. I truly think that writing it is what got me through.”

Raised in Phoenix and based in Los Angeles, UPSAHL is an artist with essence. Her honest, upfront, and experimental music is what makes her so unique and it takes her to places overwhelmed by many new artists. Last year, for example, UPSAHL performed at Lollapalooza and brought to the Chicago audience a real party!

Today, the singer of “Drugs” is here with PopularTV to talk about “Young Life Crisis”, “Money on My Mind” and her influences in music.

1. One of your latest releases was Money on My Mind! How does this song fit into this new EP release? 

The EP is all about the Young Life Crisis that I had in 2020, which consisted of a roller coaster of emotions. This particular song is all about feeling money as fuck after overcoming one of the low points. That feeling of being on new shit and really feeling yourself is so powerful, especially when you’re going through a rough year. 


2. One of the most relatable songs on this release is the Young Life Crisis. Where did you get the idea for this song?
I started this song with just the first verse. I had been trying to write a song that lists off all my issues to make it feel like a stream of consciousness, so verses became that moment for me. Then once I zoomed out and looked at the bigger picture of the song, the producer I was working with and I was like, “oh my god, this is a young life crisis in a song,” and we wrote the rest of the song based off of that. 


3. You have an amazing grip on your sound so early on in your career. What influences and thought went into its creation?
I grew up listening to a lot of Weezer, Outkast, and Gwen Stefani, so I feel like my music today is a mixture of all those different genres. 


4. Being classically trained you have a more developed ear than the average listener. What is something tonal in this EP that blew you away from that the average listener may not catch or appreciate?
The sounds in the chorus of Sad Sorry After Party is probably one of my favorite parts of the EP. I can’t wait to play that one live. Also, at the end of Fake Bitch, there are a lot of reverbed out melodies happening, and if you listen closely, the melodies are from the hooks of each of the songs on the EP. 


5. You’ve written for artists like Dua Lipa, Anne-Marie, and Madison Beer. All of the varying sounds compared to yours. How do you approach writing for another artist vs yourself?
I think the biggest thing I’ve learned about writing for other artists is to still write from an artist’s perspective. No one wants a song that was made with no passion, so I try to come from a personal place creatively when writing for other people. When I’m writing for myself, I’m more specific about the production and making sure it fits my vibe, but lyrically, I’m always in the same headspace, whether it’s for me or for someone else.


6. Are all of your songs personal or do you take from influences around you?
I think you can take inspiration from anything. Most of the time, especially on this EP and my recent writing, everything comes from personal experience. Some days, if I can’t think of an idea in a session, I’ll draw inspiration from what my friends or people around me are going through and write about that. 


7. You released a self-titled EP before graduating high school. How have you changed as an artist since then?
A lot. When I was first learning to write songs and play instruments, my songwriting was super one dimensional, but since I opted not to go to college and move to LA, my musical world opened to so many more sounds, writing styles, collaborators, etc, that I evolved musically and personally, because I was on my own doing grown-up shit while my friends were partying at college.
 
8. What part of being an artist do you think came naturally to you?
Sounds so cheesy, but every part of this feels natural to me. Writing and performing have always been the only things I was good at, so there was really no other option for me. I’m my happiest in the studio or on stage, so as long as I get to keep doing that, I’m good.

You can listen to “Young Life Crisis” below! Don’t forget to follow her all over social media: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Credits

  • Photographer Kohl Murdock