Hollywouldn't (Interview)

Hollywouldn’t is the brilliant moniker behind the work of song-writer and musician Carson Taylor, a performer who set out to create music with incredibly catchy hooks and an highly energetic approach.His latest album, Tomorrowland is an absolute club banger, with lush synth lines, tight analog-sounding beats and hooks to die for. Stream it on soundcloud and read on for a full interview!

Your music is a catchy and eclectic. I love the contrast between the vocal melodies and the tight beats. Does the music come first, or do you write lyrics before you even have a sound in mind?

Answer: It depends. Sometimes, like with my first single Suburbia, the beat inspired the lyrics and other times and will write and try to find a track to fit it. And usually when the lyrics come first, I know what I want it to sound like so searching for the beat becomes a real challenge.

Do you perform live? If so, do you feel more comfortable on a stage or within the walls of the recording studio?

Answers: I love to preform but it just hasn’t been in my budget previously. I know I need to preform more so I’m recording live videos for YouTube. YouTube can be like a stage for poor people.

      I feel like a recording studio is where I work out the kinks in a song and perfect it and the stage (or for me, YouTube) is where I can live the song.

- If you could only pick one song to make a “first impression” on a new listener, which song would you pick and why?

Answer: If you want to know everything Hollywouldn’t is about, listen to ADHD. Its kind of loud and bossy and literally says that I don’t put up with the manufactured part of Hollywood. But I’ve been getting a ton of love for my track Boom which is my third single.


- What does it take to be “innovative” in music?


Answer: I think it’s just doing your own thing. All of my visuals are a part of my life, from the flamingos which represent Florida and where I was born to the music video for Suburbia which was shot in my actual neighborhood. And I believe that I have to break genre walls. My music is really a blend of hip-hop, R&B, pop and dance music. So in my opinion its kind of refreshing since the radio is littered with intense EDM music.


- Any upcoming release or tour your way?


Answer: YES! My second single called Soccer Moms is coming out in March and I’m already prepping for the music video.


- Anywhere online where curious fans can listen to your music and find out more about you?


Answer: For sure






Standardized Employment

People say that we’re the entitled generation. We expect promotions, respect and salaries, we haven’t earned all because we’re the generation that grew up with instant gratification at our fingertips due to the internet and we grew up in an era where babying children was more common than beating them.

Fine, I agree that some of us our entitled but at the same time, I feel like the method of judging students and employees is antiquated and inefficient. We reduce people to a number when we standardize test them. We make creative individuals work basement jobs answering phones and organizing when that might not be conducive to their skill set.

I know a friend who is a screenwriter, he’s actually the son of a well known one. He interned briefly at an agency answering phones and doing script coverage and he bombed. He was never met to work his way up but had he wanted to…he never would have been able. He’s incredibly intelligent and fairly motivated but he’s not adept at being an office monkey….yet even in these creative professions when it’s usually about schmoozing and sweet talking crazy clients, we force our potential future talent agents, studio heads and creative execs to be mindless pencil pushing drones working at optimal efficiency. 

What’s even worse is that the agents working at most of these agents, wouldn’t survive as assistants, what does that say about the system in place?