Taylor Upsahl is in the midst of a tour with Max Frost, and although it’s an eye-opening experience, she is looking forward to returning home to Phoenix.
“I haven’t played in Phoenix in such a long time,” Upsahl says enthusiastically. “While I was growing up
Performing as sweet-sounding “Upsahl,” she plays the Valley Bar in Phoenix on Saturday, April 6, with Frost’s “Gold Rush Tour.” The former Glendale resident, whose father, Mike, is a well-known Valley musician, recently released the single “Drugs,” the follow-up to “The Other Team.” Amassing more than 500,000 streams, “Drugs” is on her first major-label EP “Hindsight 20/20,” which hit stores in March.
“I’m really excited,” says Upsahl, who’s slated to play Lollapalooza in Chicago this summer. “We’ve been releasing singles for the past year. I’m writing every day with producers and writers. I feel like, overall, the sound has come about through a lot of experimentation.
“This EP is a combination of a bunch of different worlds and genres—pop, alternative, urban. I’m really excited to share this.”
Her success has been a long time coming. When she was 17, Upsahl wrote and released a self-titled EP, which gained recognition throughout the Valley. A graduate of the Arizona School for the Arts, a performing arts middle/high school, Upsahl continued to hone her craft, while
“I started going to the Arizona School for the Arts when I was 10 years old,”
she says. “I graduated high school there. Every morning we’d do our academics, and after
She moved to Los Angeles after graduation and quickly signed with
David Gray of Universal Music Publishing Group as an artist. Her goal was to work with several writers and producers to up her game.
The plan worked, as she was the first artist signed to Arista Records,
which was resurrected by music exec David Massey. She calls it “the craziest opportunity ever.”
Coming full circle to Phoenix is just as gratifying. She recalls gigs with Decker and others who were equally as supportive.
“All the bands and artists in Phoenix are so amazing. Let’s say there were three bands on a show. Somehow, everyone would find a way to collaborate on one song,” she says.
Upsahl is looking forward to seeing where “Drugs” takes her from here. The video is opening doors for her.
Directed by Patrick Lawler, the clip depicts an apartment party through a psychedelic lens of brightly colored illicit substances.
“I knew I wanted to make a house party video for ‘Drugs,’ as that’s where the inspiration for the song came from,” she says. “It’s a metaphor for dealing with fake people and superficial conversations, so we wanted to replicate that feeling throughout the video with fake and colorful ‘drugs.’ This video is so dope.”
Max Frost w/Upsahl
Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, valleybarphx.com, 7:30
p.m. Saturday, April 6, $15-$50.