She’ll celebrate the release of her new record, “Fresh Cut Flowers,” on Tuesday, June 13, at the Timbre Room.
Young, hopeful musicians often enter the music scene with lofty goals of stardom and success. Rarely, however, do these dreams pan out. Seldom does the shift occur when, one day, an artist is playing a small bar and the next she’s on the biggest stage. But for Seattle rapper Taylar Elizza Beth (aka Taylar White) — who will celebrate the release of her new record, “Fresh Cut Flowers,” on Tuesday, June 13, at the Timbre Room — that shift may indeed be happening.
White, who is coming off recent packed performances at Upstream Music Fest and Sasquatch!, recognizes significant changes occurring both in her own life and in the talented community around her.
“It’s such a beautiful experience,” White says. “People genuinely believing in you and you genuinely believe in them. There is no weakest link amongst our friends, our community. Every single person is talented, every single person wants this.”
Taylar Elizza Beth (aka Taylar White)
8 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, Timbre Room, 1809 Minor Ave, Seattle; $5 (strangertickets.com).
White released “Flowers” digitally on May 20. The 18-minute EP consists of five tracks and is packed with metaphor, intimacy and flavor. But, sonically, the record is significantly different from her last release, “The BLK EP.” On “Flowers,” White — instead of trying to, say, put a bullhorn to her lips and blast the lyrics — employs a gravelly whisper style, making the listener lean in.
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“With each track I recorded, I nestled into that style more and more,” she says. “It became very natural.”
On two of “Flowers’” songs, the moody “Synthesis” and the bouncy “The Shift,” White regularly alludes to the idea of change. And, as if speaking the idea into reality, during her latest festival performances, White says she felt positive change manifesting around her.
“We could all feel those bricks being laid for the future,” she says. “It’s a weird feeling — and not necessarily bad or unfamiliar — but it’s like I’m stepping into the path I’m supposed to step into.”
Creating music and expressing it comes naturally to White — for her, it’s usually the only way to build. “I feel like I could get on any track and [do my thing],” she laughs. “But what I’ve noticed about myself is that if I don’t automatically, instinctively have something in my head — if I have to work and search and dig — most of the time it’s not worth it.”
It’s the same in her interpersonal relationships, she says. White surrounds herself with people who can hang with her vision and keep up with its momentum — people like the rappers DoNormaal and Guayaba.
“We’re a crew representing a movement,” she says. “We’re looking to change how we view the music business, how we view celebrity and music making and collaboration.”
Yet, with White, there’s always another side to the coin. Despite being intertwined in a solid group of creative folks, she released “Flowers” independently, by herself. The project has since garnered lots of attention and is streaming on SoundCloud more frequently than anything White has previously released.
“I’m not going to be humble because I don’t need to be,” White says. “I see stardom for myself — whatever that means. I see this happening worldwide. And I see it with my friends by my side. We’re really here for each other. It feels like it’s right — and it feels like people are catching on.”