Hey, tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Upsahl and I’m newly 18. I’m an Alternative/Pop songwriter, recording artist, and performer. I released my first self-titled album when I was 14 and my second album, “Viscerotonic,” at 16, both under my full name, Taylor Upsahl. This past February, I released my third album, “Unfamiliar Light,” under UPSAHL. I’ve grown up in Phoenix, and was introduced into the music scene at age thirteen. After my first show, I knew that music was something that I not only wanted to do, but I HAD to do for the rest of my life. I’ve grown up in an extremely musical family; since my dad has been in bands for the majority of his life, I had a constant rotation of touring artist in my house and was always being introduced to new music and instruments.
A lot of my musical influences today stem from the artists that I listened to as a child, such as The Shins, Spoon, Feist, Regina Spektor, etc. As an artist, I value originality and unfamiliarity. I’ve always strived to create a sound that hasn’t been done yet and to write lyrical content that has more complexity and personality than a typical pop song. I like to gain musical inspiration from personal experiences, experiences I’ve watched other people go through, political climate, culture, relationships, and personal evolution. I just graduated high school, and I am now able to do music full time, so I’m looking forward to maximizing my progress as an artist and continuing to produce music!
Where did the new single come from?
The new single, “Can You Hear Me Now,” is actually a collaboration that I did with musician/producer Max Frost. In September of 2016, I went to Austin for a few days to write music with him. I have a lot of respect for his artistry, producing, and songwriting, and being able to collaborate with him was rad. The first night I was in the studio, Max hit record and started snapping into a microphone, I sang an “oh” vocal line over it, and the rest of the song came pretty naturally from there. We finished writing and recording the song in two days. The vibe of “Can You Hear Me Now” is different from the music I typically write, so it was fun to experiment with a new sound. Max and I basically morphed our two musical styles into one, and I’m really happy with how everything turned out.
Is there more content in the pipeline?
I’m always writing new content, whether it’s on my own, with my band, or with other collaborators. I plan to release new content within the next year, following “Can You Hear Me Now”, along with a fourth album. When listening to my albums, there is an obvious evolution of my sound, starting with acoustic, adding more instruments, and now I have a full band. So I plan to further evolve my sound for my future content and the next album. I’m at a new place in my life than I was writing my last album, so it’s going to be different than anything I’ve created before, and I’m excited to share everything I’ve been working on.
What’s on the horizon for you?
I’m really optimistic about the future. “Can You Hear Me Now” is sort of my official leap into being a full time musician after high school. I’m going to be working with a variety of producers in the next few months, so we’ll definitely be releasing new content after this track. Overall, I plan to immerse myself in the music world as much as possible and create as much music as possible in the near future, while continuing to play shows and meet new artists.