TALIA is known for her ability to capture an exact feeling and it feels so effortless. Her song "colder" is one of my favorites this year, it's so dreamy and cosmic but vulnerable at the same time. We talked to her about "colder," self-doubt, and how she stays motivated.
How did you get started in music?
TALIA: It's always been around me, at church and small family gatherings and gigs. I started piano lessons around seven, and I had the same teacher through high school. In between, I picked up some guitar and violin, but I didn't start experimenting with my voice until the end of high school. It felt natural to channel my inner emotions and thoughts into music.
I know you’re also an actor, what’s the biggest difference between your acting career and your music?
TALIA: Both require a lot of vulnerability and passion. For me, acting is about being vulnerable within the world of the script and character. It's transformative. I get to learn a lot about myself through a different lens. My music is more about being vulnerable within my own world of emotions and experiences. That's more exposing in a way.
Tell me about your song “colder” what’s the story behind it?
TALIA: It's a song about losing love and all the ways that miscommunication and wrong timing can have a hand in that. Love isn't always enough. It's a complex thing and 'colder' only explores one aspect of that complexity.
Is it hard putting yourself out there and being vulnerable?
TALIA: I wouldn't say hard...but it's definitely scary and exhilarating to be so openly honest. The calming thing about it is that everyone will meet these songs from their own perspectives. Each interpretation will be different which is cool.
What has been the biggest challenge for you in your career?
TALIA: I'm so early in my career, but every so often I come up against self-doubt. I'm learning to be more patient with myself and my artistic process. Valuing process over product and finding the joy in my work is so important to me.
What has been keeping you motivated lately?
TALIA: With the pandemic, I've made more of an effort to stay connected to loved ones. They keep me motivated and really encourage me to stay active.
What’s your best piece of advice for young women?
TALIA: Take up space and don't apologize for it. I'm still learning to do this myself. It's hard when you live in a world that makes women feel small and minimizes our voices, but just stay true to you and don't change for anyone. Vulnerability is power.
Music aficionado and editor-in-chief at The New Nine. I'm most at home at festivals and concerts. I would love to start a band of all Kanye covers all on keys. I'm a dedicated Jack White fan and when I saw him in concert it changed my life. I'd never seen someone so passionate about music and preserving its history. Every project he does I just worship. Follow me on Twitter and Insta: @etreadgold