Birmingham-born Tayla exploded onto the scene in 2016 with her phenomenal debut track “Call Me Danger”. Bursting with an irrepressible swagger, “Call Me Danger” served up a killer ‘90s hook with a give-no-fucks, pull-no-punches attitude. It was refreshing and we’ve had it on near constant rotation .
Since then Tayla has performed at Sink The Pink and Camden Jazz Café and recently shared the visuals for her second single “Coming Back Around”, another equally potent pop wonder. Tayla’s just getting started so jump on the bandwagon now – it’s going to get crowded.
Check out the video "Coming Back Around" below and get to know Tayla a little better.
Your debut track “Call Me Danger” got a huge response, how’s life been since the release?
It's been non-stop madness. I'd be lying if I said I was prepared and knew it was gonna take off so quickly. As well as doing loads of radio and press promo I had to squeeze in writing sessions and rehearsals with choreo for the forthcoming live shows. Off the back of CMD I got asked to play the Camden Jazz Café, which was MAD!!
Everyone is calling you a future star, feeling any pressure?!
Oh yeah, the pressure is 100% for sure. I mean, It's a big thing to be described that way when I've only put out 2 tracks - and I'm really aware of it! But for me the pressure translates into drive and strength.
How would you describe your sound?
Pop/Hip Hop with an RnB twist. Pop being: Loud and energetic. Hip Hop being: Dark, deep and truthful. And RnB being: Tone and soul. Or what I normally say is imagine Rihanna and Eminem having a baby and that baby being me.
Your new single is “Coming Back Around”, what’s it about?
It's about having that one friend, family member, boyfriend or girlfriend, that gets off on you falling or failing at something you're trying to do. And mine's about one of them fuckers. But instead of letting it kill you it powers you to keep doing your thing and slaying it.
Both tracks have an unapologetic, independent vibe, how important is an empowering message in pop?
Massively important. Everyone is has the potential to be empowered by something. The fact that pop songs can make you feel like you're the shit while still smiling and having fun, is the best feeling ever. We need more of it.
Could you imagine doing anything other than performing?
I really can't. I mean I did try to hold down a back up plan/plan B, which was to become a lawyer, there's so much injustice. But I'd be lying if I said my back up plan was any different to my main plan right now.
Who are your biggest influences?
As well as my Mom and Nan it's Eminem, Pink, and Missy Elliot. Just to name a few.
What record do you put on to guarantee a good time?
There's not really one song, it's more genre for me and normally bounces between 'Old Skool Hip Hop' to Soca.
What’s next for you?
I’ve got a few shows coming up one being on the 26th July at Selfridges London as part of their 'Music Matters' nights. Also banging out loads more singles/remixes and maybe putting together a little EP
“Coming Back Around” is out now. Tickets for Music Matters at Selfridges are available here.