Interview: Tayla Parx Spills on Her Album, We Need to Talk

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Tayla Parx, is a singer, songwriter, and actress, who is best known for co-writing Billboard top 100 songs like “Thank U, Next,” by Ariana Grande, “Love Lies” by Khalid and Normani, and “High Hopes” by Panic! at the Disco.

Tayla gives us the details about her sound, her approach to studio sessions, how her songs are conversation pieces, and her debut album, We Need to Talk, which is about her life experiences so far. Tayla hopes that her fans, in listening to her album, are able to find some peace in their own lives.

GLITTER: How would you describe your sound?

TAYLA: I would describe my sound as a genre gumbo! I’m also influenced by so many eras, so I feel my work allows me to continuously combine those influences to create something fresh and authentic to me.

GLITTER: What was it like hitting the Billboard top 100 charts for three of the songs you co-wrote, including “Thank U, Next” by Ariana Grande, “Love Lies” by Khalid and Normani, and “High Hopes” by Panic! at the Disco?

TAYLA: It was incredible! Not only was I able to make it to such an incredible milestone in my career as a songwriter, but I was able to do it with my friends.

GLITTER: How do you typically approach your studio sessions?

TAYLA: I typically approach sessions differently depending on what it’s for or my role in the room. I take a much more methodic approach when writing for others because you have to make sure you’re embodying this person’s perspective. When I’m working on my album, I just have fun and let my subconscious tell me what’s on my heart to say.

GLITTER: What is the songwriting process like for you?

TAYLA: Songwriting is freeing. It gives me the ability to put emotions to music, and it’s so beautiful when the world relates, makes you feel either less alone or less crazy, I guess.

GLITTER: Do you consider all of your songs as conversation pieces?

TAYLA: I believe my projects as a whole are the conversation pieces vs. particular songs. I don’t think I’ve ever been a fan of the singles game honestly. Both the TaylaMade mixtape and my album, We Need To Talk, are concept albums versatile enough for audiences who live different lives to experience it in their own personal way. It’s a beautiful thing to give your fans a project that teaches them about themselves a bit more about you but also themselves. Songs where the meanings are up for debate, like my song “I Want You,” leave room for that conversation to happen.

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