Exclusive Interview With 'Abyss' Singer And Live Nation Virtual World Tour Superstar Taylor Castro

In An Incredibly Honest And Open Interview, Taylor Castro Discusses Mental Health, Connecting With Her Fans Over Lockdown And What It Was Like To Pioneer A New Way Of Performing...


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Hey Taylor! Thank you so much for taking the time out to sit down with these questions! We hope you’re coping okay during this weird state that the world is currently in…

Thank you! I’m grateful to sit down with you.

What is your advice for anyone who might be struggling during lockdown?

Being in isolation can take a huge toll on our mental health. As humans, we’re built for the stimulus of interaction. That’s why I usually turn to storytelling when I’m feeling lonely. I start believing I’m friends with the characters. It’s delusional, but it helps. I also take a lot of time befriending myself because I’ll always be there.

The reception for your track, ‘Girl, Afraid’ was so overwhelmingly positive! And in the run-up, you got your fans involved, asking them to share their own mental health stories, right? How did you come up with that idea?

I think it was just a given. My team, of course, was totally on board from a marketing standpoint, but it’s about so much more than that. When someone else is vulnerable, it opens the door for others to be vulnerable. There’s a lot of strength and potential to smash the stigma in that and that’s the purpose of sharing all our individual stories.

Seems like a little online community like this might be exactly what we need right now! How has your mental health practice been affected by the goings on in the world right now? Have you been able to adapt and help others do the same?

I’ve found myself feeling out of place at home and empty lately. I’ve had a lot of trouble sleeping. Sometimes, however, I feel just fine. It fluctuates. I’ve had to be especially gentle with myself during these times since our 20s are an odd era anyway without the world in utter chaos. I’ve been doing a lot of at home workouts for the first time ever and scheduling different events on different days of the week. It’s been keeping things fun. I also make sure to write out everything and check up on my friends and followers. The most we can do is check up on each other in this time.

Next up is your track ‘Abyss’ - can you tell us a little bit about the songwriting process?

Abyss was written in just about forty-five minutes on a regretful morning after a night of fighting with someone I care about simply because they weren’t behaving as the person I imagined them to be. There was so much to say and so many opinions already developed that it poured out. I immediately knew it was special. I’m really proud of those lyrics, especially considering how well they represent the real-life situation.

Can you tell us a little bit about how it was to take part in an online festival and how the process felt? It must have been weird performing to camera, no?

I’m used to the camera as an actress and I personally have a little stage fright so I kind of liked having less pressure, actually. It was such an honor to get to pioneer a new way of performing. I’m sure it’s something that will be utilized long passed the pandemic and I’ll be able to say I was one of the first. That’s crazy cool! I do look forward to seeing my fans in person though.

Anything else we should know?

I’m so grateful for the interview and I hope everyone reading it is doing well. I make music and tell stories as a means to hold anyone’s hand from anywhere in the world. Whenever you’re feeling upset, put your headphones in and maybe I can help you feel a little less alone.

Thanks so much for taking the time out to answer these questions so thoughtfully and honestly, Taylor. You can catch Taylor’s performances with Live Nation on their social media and follow her online too to stay up to date!

June 22, 2020 7:27am ET by Fifth Element PR  

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