Friday, 14 July 2017

Jesi Max

Meet Tayla Parx, the 23-Year-Old Music Industry Wunderkind With Boundary-Pushing Style

You may not recognize her name, but you’ve probably heard Tayla Parx’s music. Already a three-time Grammy nominee at the ripe old age of 23, Parx—real name Taylor Parks—has not only written and produced songs for the likes of Alicia Keys, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj, but she’s also acted in a slate of high-profile roles, launching her career as Little Inez in the 2007 remake of Hairspray. And while all of this success at such a young age is impressive, Parx says that after a certain point, it was time to shift gears: “I’ve told so many people’s stories [in] so many different ways that I was able to realize my own message somewhere along the way.” After having written for just about all of her artistic heroes, the only logical next step was to simply release a project of her own—a mixtape that aims to “empower people no matter what age [or] gender.”



The project, called TaylaMade, is a promising introduction to the young studio wunderkind’s dulcet voice and keen hook-writing skills. Parx sounds comfortable inhabiting that nebulous space between genres (she cites artists as diverse as Brandy and Tame Impala as influences), from the classic house riffs of “Cheap Liquor” and “South Beach” to the more straightlaced R&B of “Selective Memories” or “Act Right.” She also includes a number of interludes featuring her own dialogue, giving the listener an intimate glimpse into her inner thoughts and effervescent personality, which is immediately apparent in the trademark ear-to-ear smile that seems to be permanently plastered to her face. Parx’s extroverted nature also translates to her personal style, which is primarily a mix of streetwear staples and high-fashion accents. Her wardrobe is a sea of bright colors (she cites highly saturated oranges and greens in particular as recent favorites) and patterns, and she has an affinity for gender-fluid, structured pieces that add an interesting silhouette rather than just accentuate what’s already there. Parx cites Japanese designers as a major source of inspiration, in particular Issey Miyake and Comme des Garçons, and gravitates toward “unique shapes, colors, and textures.” “I don’t think my body should be the only mold for an outfit,” she says. “It just gets boring after a while. A beautiful design gets me every time.” Her real signatures, though, are more down-to-earth: She can always be seen sporting “a dope shoe or jacket.” Although Parx has already had quite the illustrious career, she has ambitious plans for the future: She’s interested in developing apps, expanding her TaylaMade–branded merch, and is already at work on her debut album. This focus on the long-term can, in her view, sometimes hinder her ability to be happy in the moment; she explains that she’s searching for a balance that will let her “enjoy life along the way.” Judging by her playful style and sound, there’s plenty of fun to be had on the journey.

Jesi Max

About Jesi Max -

A writer and entrepreneur who works on the marketing and strategy side of fashion. In particular, her writing and professional work focuses on the art of narrative marketing and branding as it applies to fashion and luxury. She also is the author of TheStyleClash.com, a new blog that looks at fashion from an intellectual perspective.

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