https://soundcloud.com/taylor-hertz-455343536/but-im-alive

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

My real name is Taylor Hertz, born in the United States in March of 1997. I grew up in the quiet suburbs of Southern California, and had a relatively peaceful childhood. I’m honestly not too sure how I ended up getting involved in music — nobody in my immediate family is musical, except for my mom who learned piano when she was younger. We had a huge grand piano that sat in the center of our house that my big sister would learn to play on, but other than that it sat unused and collecting dust. Normally after my big sister finished her practice session, my mom would lock up the piano to prevent my twin sister and I, who were around 3 at the time, from banging on the keys. One day she forgot to do this, and I found my way onto the piano and taught myself some basic chords. From there, my parents got me a piano teacher and I soon found my love for musical composition.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

My music career is just starting out, if you could even really consider it having being started. I grew up writing mainly orchestral compositions. I found a love for names like Danny Elfman and Alan Silvestri and I soon started writing songs for my High School’s string orchestra ensemble. I’m now currently majoring in music media composition at the California State University, Northridge and it wasn’t until about a year ago that I considered writing anything that was outside the scope of “film music”. I slowly began merging my love for soundtracks and my newfound interest in alternative music, which eventually resulted in my first EP: “Evolved”.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

My song, “But I’m Alive” was heavily inspired by the “sunshine pop” sub-genera that was prevalent in the late 60’s and early 70’s. In fact, most of the tracks on my extended playlist are inspired from that era, but it is definitely the most apparent within this song. It’s such a niche genre that has died out years ago, so I’m not expecting too much publicity from it, but I wrote it at a pretty dark time in my life. I decided that I wanted to start writing music that I wanted to write, without worrying about the approval of others. I wanted to write a song that had an upbeat, happy vibe to it, featuring some unusual instruments and carefree lyrics. Writing this song was my escape, and even though it might not be for everyone, I am extremely proud of it, along with all the other tracks on my EP.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

I don’t think I’m much different than many other aspiring musicians out there — I want to write something “fresh” and “unique” while still somehow appealing to the masses, while simultaneously dealing with the inevitable rejection. I’ve only come out with six songs so far, and have already faced a lot of rejection, so my goal right now is to keep my head high and keep writing what I love to write, while taking everyone’s criticisms into consideration. I’m in the process of finding my musical voice as a singer/songwriter and not an orchestral composer, and I’m finding that I tend to lean towards either cinematic or vintage sounds, so I’m going to just roll with it and see what happens. I’m also still faced with the fact that I’m not much of a singer, so I’m currently trying to write music that I’m not only able to sing, but also won’t cause other people’s ears to bleed out.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

I’m an independent artist – I write my own lyrics, sing my own melodies and record/write my own instrumentals. I do hope one day to start collaborating with other musicians, however!

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

Although I’ve been studying music virtually my entire life, I’ve only started getting my foot in the door of the music industry as of recently. Currently, I’m setting very small goals for myself. I just completed my first, to write my very first EP. My next step is to learn from other musicians and work my hardest to improve my craft. Thinking big, however, I hope to eventually make a living with my music and help other young musicians work through the same problems I am currently facing within the industry.
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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

I am inspired by all the other talent that surrounds me — there are so many amazing young musicians out there that it never fails to blow me away and I hope that I can humbly contribute to this growing pool of music.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

My opinion on writing a hit song probably isn’t the best, since I have yet to write one, but I would say that it all comes down to what currently resonates with the majority of the people in the world. More importantly, it has to simultaneously resonate with the person (or persons) involved in writing/recording/performing the song. What I’m doing, writing niche music that only appeals to a small number of people, doesn’t really fall into this category (yet), but I hope I will eventually figure out how to solve the difficult puzzle of how most people think (I can barely figure out how I think, after all…) It is certainly a craft to write a hit song, a talent that few people possess.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

It’s okay to be selfish sometimes — to live your life for you without worrying about what other people think.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

You will face a lot of rejection in the world. Remember that everyone, even Mozart, have, has, and will experience this at some point in their lives. You can internalize it and let it destroy you, or you use it as an incentive to improve yourself and others. Instead of avoiding rejection, embrace it, maybe even start looking for it. It’s only negative if you perceive it to be that way.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

A couple years ago I won a state-wide certificate of merit composition award for young composers – it was for an opera and a concerto I had written. I’m sure those songs are probably roaming around the internet right now. I’ve performed with many ensembles in many concerts before, but I have yet to perform as a singer/songwriter. Still debating if and when that will happen!

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

I am so grateful for Broadtube Music Channel, because this is actually the first blog I have ever been featured in — it truly means a lot to me. I can only hope my music will eventually make it to any radio station, but as of now you can only find my music through online stores and streaming services.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

The lyrics always come last for me. I normally start out with a melody in my head that I eventually pair chords with, or vice versa. The only conscious aspect of songwriting for me is always the lyrics (which, in turn, are the hardest for me to come up with). All other aspects of my music just comes naturally. I wish there was some technical way I could explain it, but for me it’s the same as breathing — I don’t really think about the process unless it comes to the lyrics.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Carpenters, AURORA, alt-J, Lana Del Rey, and Sia.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

The only artist I have collaborated with was a very talented vocalist I currently go to school with: Kami Corwin. She sang the vocals to a pop song I wrote entitled “Butterfly Boy”. If I ever had the chance I would love to collaborate with AURORA. Her voice is just so unique and pure, it would definitely be an amazing experience.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/taylor-hertz-455343536

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/67RBN9eZYJluIrB1DT8ABu

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taylorhertzalt/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/taylorhertzalt

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt8Y7C51UXj1ZH4jWQi5CHQ

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/67RBN9eZYJluIrB1DT8ABu

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

My happiest day would be an entire week, actually – when I went camping up to Shaver Lake in California with some of my closest friends. It was when I felt my most comfortable. Whenever I’m around my closest friends, my boyfriend, or my family I feel as though I’m experiencing the best day of my life, actually. My saddest day was when I was being trained as a Nursing Assistant and one of the patients at the facility I worked at passed away. I ended up having to help with the post mortem care, and it really brought me down to earth and made me think about my own mortality.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

If I had a million dollars, I would use it to make a program or platform that helps aspiring young artists get their foot in the music industry.


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