Canadian Music Week is on its way that means tons of artists are gettting ready to rock the 6. And this year there is a huge line up of great rappers (It’s almost like Hip Hop Christmas)! And one of those acts is Luxe Taylor a Toronto native bringing his own unique sound to the ever growing hip hop scene. He’s got a really fun sound as he uses a lot of up tempo beats with cool guitar samples. Luxe has a really chill voice that goes well with the beats he uses. I was able to get a chance to talk to Luxe Taylor about his upcoming Canadian Week show, new music and more.
What can someone expect when going to see you perform live?
Performing has always been one of my favourite parts of being an artist. You can expect high energy, and good music. Hopefully in the near future I’ll have a full band with me to give it more of a punk vibe. I want to take my music to another level when you see me live.
What Was your reaction when you heard that you will be playing Canadian Music Week?
Very excited. I’ve attended Canadian Music Week for a few years and I’ve played it once before a few years back with an older band. Its always a good time and I’m truly honoured to be chosen to perform this year as a solo act. I can’t wait!
Are you excited to see any acts this CMW?
There are so many good acts coming through this year, its going to be tough to make it out to all the shows. I’m most excited for artists like Saba, Jazz Cartier, Joey Badass, Death Cab For Cutie, Lights, Mick Jenkins and Monster Truck.
I see you will be playing a few shows with SonReal. What do you like about his music?
Ya, Sonreal is the homie. This is the second or third time I’ve joined him on his Ontario dates during a tour. I think he has a good ear for beats and melodies. He definitely writes some catchy stuff.
If someone had never listened to your music how would you describe your sound?
This question is always so tough for me to answer because I’m always experimenting with sounds and vibes. I’m influenced by a whole bunch of genres, from punk to rock to jazz and hip hop and it all comes out in the music. I never really want to be boxed in with a “sound” because it takes the fun away from experimenting and pushing the limits of what you can do as an artist. I don’t want to just be a rapper who vibes nice on a boom bap beat. I want to be equally comfortable on a trap beat. That being said, this new project has hard hitting, punk beats, it has catchier, poppier tracks for the club. It has the tracks you can play at a party, and it has the soulful tracks you can play in your car with the windows down on a summer day.
What do you think about the hip hop scene in Toronto?
Absolutely love that over the last few years Toronto artists are starting to get their shine. Its awesome to see Toronto getting love in hip hop as a whole. There are some amazing artists in the city that are definitely going to get their recognition this year.
If you could work with anyone in the world past or present who would you work with?
Kanye and Dilla (RIP). Those are the two producers that got me into making my own beats and rapping.
What do you want people to know about you and your music?
I just want them to sit and listen to the music and let it speak for itself. Its such a personal thing for me. When you listen to a track I drop, you’re hearing exactly how I felt in that moment of time. Everything in the beat, the words, how I rap them. Its all how I felt. If you listen to enough of my music, you’ll actually have a pretty good idea of not only who I am as an artist, but also on a personal level.
Luxe Taylor will be playing at the Coalition May 07th for Canadian Music week. He will also be opening up for SonReal in Toronto, London and Waterloo. Follow Luxe Taylor on Twitter say Hi! And like him on Facebook.