OTH: Hey Lexie, thank you for taking the time to do this interview. Before we get started why don’t you tell our readers a little bit about yourself?
Lexie: Of course. I’m a singer songwriter, from San Clemente CA, (the Spanish village by the sea) a wonderful little beach city. I live for family, faith and music. I’m passionate and enthusiastic about what I do! I started writing poetry when I was very young, I’ve always had a fondness for words. It wasn’t until I was about 12 that I began to put music to my poetry. Recently moved to Nashville and I’m pursuing my career in music, predominantly songwriting.
OTH: Who/What inspired you to become a musician?
Lexie: My dad and uncle were DJs in high school/college. My mom is also a big music lover so music has been a huge part of my life since I can remember. I grew up listening to old school music, Earth Wind and Fire, Tower of Power, Lauryn Hill and Thenfugees, Maxwell, Lucy Pearl and The Isley Brothers and of course all the greats ( i.e Mariah, Whitney, Celine Dion). I’ve inherited quite the vinyl collection and I’ve definitely got a lot of variety in my iTunes library. My grandpa was a flamenco guitarist and I feel like all these things I grew up with absolutely sparked interest and ambition to be a musician.
I’ve never been very good expressing myself in any other way but through music and writing.
OTH: When you’re writing a song what comes first, the beat or the lyrics?
Lexie: 95% of the time lyrics come first. Depending on who I’m working with, creativity can be reversed and maybe I’ll write to an awesome beat or be completely inspired by a melody line.
OTH: Who would you like to do a collaboration with?
Lexie: there are 2 people I would love to do a collaboration with. The first being Colbie Caillat. I love her voice! And Michael Buble. Completely different artist and genres but 2 of my absolute favorites!
OTH: How would you describe your music to people who have never heard of you before?
Lexie: Categorizing it by genre, I would say it’s pop. My music is an in depth detail of my past/ present experiences, my songs are about relationships I’ve had with people, advice to myself, about my journey with music, and some of the hurt and heartbreak I’ve been through. They’re songs that are re-latable and songs that have meaning. I write what I’m feeling at that moment. It’s like a journal entry you go back and read, even better because I can listen to it.
OTH: Are you currently working on an album? Or do you have something else planned?
Lexie: I’ve been doing A LOT of writing! establishing oneself as an artist takes time, so I’ll write and record and when the time is right I’ll release my music. Currently, I’m working with lots of song writers. We will see where it takes me…
OTH: Where do you see yourself in 2 years time?
Lexie: Questions like this get me super excited, I’m such a visual person. My mantra is ” visualize it and it shall be”: I see myself as a well known songwriter. And maybe the release of an EP or Album. God has a great plan for me, I feel it, I’m just trying to follow along and trust the best I can.
OTH: Besides singing, what else do you like doing in your spare time?
Lexie: I LOVE to travel and I’m a huge movie fanatic. So when I’m not singing I’m venturing off somewhere or sitting in my room glued to Netflix.
OTH: What’s your advice for people who want to be musicians?
Lexie: My little sisters are musicians. So I will give them the advice I give them… practice your craft, work on your skills, and build confidence/strength. “Repetition is the mastery of skill”. Never let a dream fade out, make sure you always have it in your line of sight so you always know what your working towards. Chase it! Being a musician is hard work. it is so easy to be discouraged in this industry. The pace is volatile but Be grateful for the struggles and frustration for they lay the foundation for amazing songs!
OTH: Lastly how can our readers keep in touch with you?
I’m on Twitter @lexietaylored
I’m pretty good at responding. I love a good chat via social media.