We had the good fortune of connecting with MUSZETTE and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi MUSZETTE, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I used to be extremely focused on getting to the end result, and of course to a large extent I obviously still care about the outcome of getting my music out there. However, I’ve learned that as cheesy as it may sound, life truly is about the journey and not the destination. What good is it even if I make it to my world tour if I don’t have great memories that got me there along the way and amazing people to share it with? I think it’s one of the most important things you can do to make sure you’re doing the things you love and enjoy so that when you have to do the things you don’t especially love, your tank is filled up to be able to do so.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
MUSZETTE (meaning muse, female) is the recent alter ego of pop/rock/soul artist Melanie Taylor, and her premiere EP “Big Mood” is just that. The femme fatale persona delivers highly energetic and empowering anthems in every track, perfect for this comeback year.
In leading up to the creation of “Big Mood,” the newly rebranded singer describes feeling the urge to make music that encapsulated the immense energy she feels from being on stage, but hasn’t always been able to fully realize in her previous music. It was also at a time when her career felt stagnant, so she decided the only way to move through that was in writing music that jolted her into a more elevated and energetic headspace. Consequently, 2020 was a time for many who experienced similar feelings of being stuck, which is why the singer feels this EP is so important to share now.
MUSZETTE expresses that her intention for “Big Mood” is to channel the frustration, sadness and sense of stalemate we have all felt from the last year with a new sense of possibility and creation. By activating ourselves with a more emboldened perspective, we can experience a deeper appreciation for our collective power. As many eyes are being opened and the consciousness of the planet is evolving, “Big Mood” seeks to be an accompanying soundtrack to that movement.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I still feel I’m getting to know Los Angeles myself, mainly because there are so many amazing restaurants and weekend trips nearby to check out! I would definitely spend a few days in Joshua Tree and Palm Springs with them. I’ve always wanted to do the sound bath in Joshua Tree, and that park is truly amazing! Palm Springs is so fun for shopping / going to the pool as well. And then for some mountain magic I would definitely go to Lake Arrowhead. In LA, of course in a world where COVID doesn’t exist, we would go to the Malibu beaches, have some amazing meals at probably a rooftop place like EP+LP, and then catch and show and dance the night away!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Always always my mom!!! I have always known I wanted to perform, and from the moment I was singing along to Michael Jackson music videos, my mom has been my #1 fan. Originally I’m from San Diego, and every weekend she would drive me to acting class and auditions in LA which obviously took countless hours of her time and so much energy! She literally never complained, and still to do this day is the first person to share my new music or give me feedback on a show. I can’t imagine where I would be without her.
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