Like most millennials, Sydney-born Kiwi singer-songwriter, Taylor B-W, feels lost in her own world. She blends soul-driven melodies with emotive lyrics in an electro-pop and R&B shell.
B-W rediscovered her passion for music after initially pursuing an acting career. However, she also switched her attention to wildlife conservation, becoming a qualified zookeeper at Sydney’s Taronga Training Institute, when her health suffered under the pressure of acting.
Taylor B-W’s songs are capsules of her mind and her past, clearing out the cobwebs. She delves into common issues that young millennials deal with daily: clinical depression and anxiety, destructive relationships and heartbreak, loneliness in a digital world, body dysmorphia, eco-anxiety, and the yearning for inner peace. B-W is simply on a soul-searching quest to heal the cracks in her relationship with herself and those around her: “I guess, I’m always just trying to make sense of it all." However, although her songs are very reflective, with a sombre and moody undertone, don’t be fooled. B-W’s music offers hope and resilience through hardship - she wants her songs to empower the underdogs (a concept she relates to well) and hope they know that someone is always there for them.
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Part of B-W’s charm is her antithetical goofy persona on and off stage. She embodies a youthful, funny and vivacious spirit, which is genuinely infectious. She does admit, however: “My silliness is self-preservation and also a genuine urgent need to make others feel comfortable and happy around me - it's on auto-pilot. But my humour is sometimes detrimental because I don’t always know how to be vulnerable in public although I am seriously an emotional, sensitive person. Slowly, I have been able to break down my walls and share my true insecurities and troubles through music. That, in turn, has allowed me to gradually feel comfortable enough to openly speak out about values and issues I feel passionate about in day-to-day life. And hopefully my music will encourage others to do the same thing. We are not alone in all this.”
Facing the daily pressures of living on the poverty line, working multiple jobs to try and keep her music plans going, keeping her health in check, and trying to maintain some sort of work/life balance has also given B-W a lot of unnecessary stress: “It’s crazy how we can live in a world nowadays with so many options and, yet, we can still feel more stuck than ever. The pressure of this new world has made me feel lost, and that is why I always come back to music because that is where I feel like I belong. It’s my safe place.”