We caught up with singer, songwriter and mega-babe Shaylen to chat fave gigs, dream collabs and what’s she’s got on the agenda for the rest of 2017…
What does a day in the life of Shaylen look like?
It’s always an adventure. Things happen very last min in LA. So I’m always on my toes. Typically I’m working in the studio almost every day. If I’m not in the studio then the second place I’ll be is in the gym or Yoga studio, or taking a dance class, auditions from time to time, practising piano, and when I have time I like to design some of my own clothes (more on that another time lol) and lastly… I LOVE ESCAPE ROOMS!
How would you describe your aesthetic and how does it inspire your music?
People say I’m very quirky and weird in general..lol. Musically, I like darker sounds and melodies with odd but personal lyrics. Every song I write comes from a story that has happened to me. It’s kinda like therapy to get everything out that way.
What’s the best gig you have ever played?
Ooh that’s a tie! Last spring I performed at Ultra Music Festival with DJ Chuckie. The second performance was at The Mall in Washington D.C., there were about 75,000 people in the crowd, so you could only imagine the adrenaline running through my entire body that day!
Who would you most like to collaborate with and why?
I would love to collaborate with Diplo and Skrillex, I think they are some talented ass humans and I gravitate towards that kind of sound. I think if we all three sat down in a room together we would definitely make the most magical goodness your eardrums could ever experience!
Why do you think the relationship between fashion and music is so strong?
It’s expression no? I mean, the way I feel on any given day can show itself in my style or my music. What I write, or the jeans I choose all express something coming from inside of me. I am absolutely one of those “Everything is an artistic” choice people. It all informs each other anyway.
What’s your favourite music video?
My favorite music video to date is “Day and Nite” by Kid Cudi. I love the fact that he takes animation and works it into the video to have you feeling as if you are living in this unique world he created..
Who did you listen to growing up?
Man I listened to so many artists! From Elvis to Cher, The Beatles, Whitney Houston, Dave Matthews to The Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Incubus, and so many more!
Who’s your biggest musical inspiration?
I have so many inspirations honestly, but currently I’d have to say Im super inspired by Nao, Aluna George, Adele, Ed Sheeran, Sia,and Lady Gaga! But thats just a few! I constantly stay listening to that new sh$%t!
What’s your guilty pleasure, most played track?
My most played track at the moment would have to be, “Stay” by Annabel Jones! SO GOOD!
Last album you listened to all the way through?
Bebe Rexha’s new EP! There’s literally a song for every mood I’m in, which is such an important dynamic to me as an artist and speaking to your audience.
What track gives you goosebumps?
“Atmosphere” – the way she comes in and the flow of the lyrics is insane!! You gotta listen if you haven’t heard it yet!
What’s your spirit animal?
hmm… depends on the day really. Panther somedays for sure, other days a cute puppy 😉 I’m 1/2 killer and 1/2 lapdog I guess.
What emoji best describes you?
Who are you currently stalking on Instagram?
I’ve currently been stalking Rihanna and Zoe Kravitz, they are too bomb for words!! UGHH!
What makes you laugh?
What’s your secret addiction?
Lucky Charms and Sour Patch Kid…
Who’s your celebrity wannabe wife?
What would your superhero power be?
Super speed. So I could I zip between situations and never get caught….lol (oops I think I’m gonna have to answer some questions now) Plus then me and the Flash could hang out and no one would ever know!
What was the first thing you did this morning?
Gave my dog some belly scratches… and then looked around hoping someone would do the same for me…but sadly that didn’t happen.
Tell us something weird about yourself…
THAT list is endless. I have different characters and voices that I use each day and it really just depends on how I’m feeling which character I’m gonna be for the day or moment! Lol! Most of the time I think I’m Dr. Gru from Despicable Me!
Who are you listening to at the moment?
“Breathe” by Astrid S!
What’s your song to get you ready for a party?
“Blasé” Louis The Child Remix! I get so hype!
Where can we see you perform next?
AOBeats and Manilla Killa and I have a single coming out soon. SO we have some shows lined up, stay tuned for dates and locations!
What’s on the agenda for 2017?
Music, more music and did I say music? 😉
Wanna know more? Follow Shaylen on Insta @shaylencarroll
…and listen to her tracks on Soundcloud:
Shaylen’s new track Just a Little Bit just dropped, check it out below: