We had the good fortune of connecting with Mylez Taylor and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Mylez, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
You don’t it just happens. To quit or to keep going is a mindset designed like a magnet. You’re either a attracted to something or you don’t want to affiliate with it at all. For example you could quit playing guitar, but never sell the instrument. Vice versa you could love drawing and sell your materials to buy a guitar. I quit music many times in search of an answer to everything, but i always ended up back in-front of my laptop as if it had a sign that said “touch me for money!”

That experience was self explanatory but not everyone has a fairytale. I am very much a devils advocate so ill give you the push to quit if you want it, but at one point in time of your life you’ll be faced with with something you just can’t get away from, whether its a job, relationship, a hobby, or etc.

Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
My art reflects my experiences, perceptions, affirmations, and ideal of no limitations. I create grandiose soundscapes based on mental imagery. I adore the cinematic world of ‘no cap budget’ drama. When I’m creating something, I imagine myself as a god falling through a dark and wicked stormy sky into a sea raging like Jupiter’s winds. Combine that with a brown cinnamon African American swirl in a cup of coffee served exclusively to me in a 70s New York back door bar because that’s exactly how I like it. And when you drink it, you can smell the love and passion of a black woman with a large afro pouring pleasure into your mouth. This has been inspired, nurtured, and manifested over the course of my life, leading me to where I want to be when I create. To put it simply, my art consists of hiphop, rap, rnb, and a blend of alternative house and soul sounds. I am very proud of my developed style, proud of having overcome my doubts about what could be, proud to continue, and proud that I will succeed. To get to the point of making music professionally, I need to do a lot of things, such as more shows, more recordings, more networking, and so on. But to get into my current mindset, it took nights and nights of recording, traveling, questions, tears, quitting, fighting, and losing friends. It was far from easy. I was and still am very naive about the world, which can make it difficult to make decisions like which friends to trust or whether this is even the career I want. From then on, I simply had to make a decision and sometimes accept the risks. I’ll be able to overcome these obstacles once I’m out in the world on my own. Along the way, I’ve learned that it’s best to stay focused and never worry about the outcome. This industry has no rules, and most importantly, talent means nothing without hard work. I want the world to know that my brand is the future of music and will have more to offer outside of the industry in the future. If I died and wanted the world to learn something from my legacy, it would be this; even though our experiences are valuable, we should not ruin someone else’s. Be content without a bleak and destructive future. No war. There is no fighting. Recognize the negative and embrace the positive.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?

First we celebrate his arrival with wild and domestic yet barbaric and manly behavior at the airport. On our way home we catch up and bump some tunes. The guys will be awaiting our arrival and then indulge in BBQ and beer. Then over the course of the the next three days we hit the Grand Canyon, downtown Tempe Mill Ave, Recording Studios, all the best taco spots, The secret bars in Sedona and Phoenix, the Tempe Lake, Arcades, and all the women of Scottsdale. On the final day we will drive into the desert and light fire works while we tailgate, drink beer, reflect on life, and talk about we appreciate. Finally send him off in a mini skirt waving a napkin at airport yelling “bye honey!”

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
If there is anybody who deserves credit in my upbringing as an artist, it would have to be my dad. My dad is a DJ. I grew up around a lot of old school music and records because of him, and when we move to Arizona he introduced me to the old school hip-hop. Through that channel I discovered 9th Wonder, Das EFX, Mos DEF, Big L, which also let me to new and inspiring artists such as Rapsody and Knxwledge. At first there was barely support, but only because he was afraid that a career in music wouldn’t be financially sustainable. In spite of that his support grew and I understood the way he felt as i got older, especially from his perspective as a father. Although he didn’t teach me much of the business, he is a root to my love for the sounds i hear and create.

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Image Credits
Anna Wellington

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