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JAVA March 2018



end of a failing relationship that you’re trying to save. I wanted it to be very empowering, taking a more positive outlook on your typical break-up song. At the end of the day, you should choose a relationship where you are being treated like the badass that you are, and if that’s not happening, you need to call out your partner.” That song was her first collaboration with Max Frost, and mere days before leaving Phoenix she released the even more powerful “Kiss Me Now,” which was another collaboration with Frost and, this time, Jamie Pitrelli in New York. “As a female in the industry, I feel it is important that we set the tone for feminism in the music scene, on all levels, because that message carries over to our listeners and further impacts society,” Upsahl said. “So when writing ‘Kiss Me Now,’ I wanted to continue to empower women and turn a typically awkward first-date situation into a badass and funny first-date anthem that everyone can relate to in one way or another.” Upsahl’s drive and ambition are partly the inspiration for the song. “As an individual, when I know what I want, I don’t stop until I get it,” she remarked. “I guess I looked at this first kiss in a similar way.” While the song may reflect how she is filled with a sharp, focused vision, the creation of the guitar line reflects her talent as an artist. “It’s funny, because the guitar line on this song was actually a very spur-of-the-moment idea,” she explained. “I was going on a writing trip to New York and was just about to leave the house for my flight when I came up with this chord progression. I immediately busted out my guitar, went into my bathroom and recorded a voice demo of the guitar line on my phone. I sent it over to Max, knowing that we had a session the next day, and got on my flight. We ended up keeping the exact voice demo recording throughout the entire song, which gives it a grungy, organic vibe that I love.” With her new single in hand, Upsahl is thrilled about the move, about life and about what the future will bring. “Right now, I’m excited to be in a new environment,” she said. “When I turned 19, I got a tattoo that said ‘unfamiliar,’ representing my last album, Unfamiliar Light, AND to remind me to put myself in new situations and be an unfamiliar voice. Los Angeles is definitely untried territory for me. I’m doing so many new things and am so excited for what’s to come.” Stay tuned to all things UPSAHL in the coming months, as you may want to follow this rising star, who is not only excited about her future but genuinely grateful for the talent and opportunity she’s found. “I have a lot of very exciting things in the works out here. Some of which I will be announcing very soon!” she said. “Most of all, I love that I’m able to write and collaborate in sessions as a fulltime musician. I’ve always written whenever I could, so to be out here and have sessions where I literally get to do what I love on a daily basis is insane to me, and I’m really thankful.” Back in 2013 in these pages I wrote, “Taylor Upsahl is the most talented up-and-coming talent in the Valley,” and I meant it. Now, I’ll simply say that UPSAHL is one of the most talented and exciting musicians I know, period. Be on the lookout for whatever’s next from her, because it’s going to be out of this world. JAVA 11 MAGAZINE

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