Highline alum exercises demons through music

By Winter Dorval - Staff Reporter



Musician Taylar Elizza Beth battles her troubles with her beats.

"I'm a rapper, and I do alternative, hip-hop, sometimes electronic, mostly very lyrically driven music," said Taylar Elizza Beth (Taylar White), an aspiring rapper and Highline alumnus.

White expresses her feelings in her music, and her struggles with mental health.

"I'm trying to just be who I am, and let that be enough," the former White Center musician said. "I want people to know that we deserve to be who we want."

Music has its own challenges.

"It takes money to record, produce, and network. There's also the fact that I have depression and anxiety which is highlighted in my music," White said.

"I have had a full life, but I also had a rough childhood," she said.

She was interested in spoken word poetry after she graduated high school, White said.

"I started performing at open mics, and as I wrote more, the poems became more rhythmic," she said.

"I started to look up beats on YouTube and the rest, as they say, is history."

Her mom, and her three younger sisters are White's support system and inspiration.

"Two of my sisters are almost graduated," she said.

"I want to be able to fund their college experiences, and take the burden of worrying about money away from them."

White has an album, Fresh Cut Flowers, on bandcamp.com.

"The people that like my music are really dope, and my friends make music so that's fun," she said.

White has been featured in The Stranger, The Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, and more.

The Seattle Times described her as "poised for breakout success."

"I'm excited to see what else I can do," she said.

White is currently working on a new project, and has a concert on Feb. 17 at the Woodland Theater in Seattle.

The Woodland Theater's address is 608 N.W. 65th St., Seattle.

To RSVP visit www.woodlandtheater.org/#link-events.

"There's always the possibility of music not going well, too, and people not liking it. But I'm focused on turning my mind around to focus on my art and music," White said.

She has also performed on radio station KeXP.

"Going to Highline reaffirmed the fact that I can connect with different kinds of people, and organize my own life, and figure out what I want to do without anyone monitoring me," she said.

Her next performance after the show on Feb. 17 will be on March 3 at the Columbia City Theater in Seattle.

The Columbia Theater's address is 4916 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle.

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