Tayler Prince-Fraser

London

Tuesday 25th September 2018

Name, where are you from?
Tayler Prince-Fraser, London born and bred.

What do you do?
First and foremost I do a lot of creative work with brands, and I run Last Pick Athletics Club with my brother. It’s an initiative to get young people engaged with exercise. We were both overweight as kids and got bullied for it, I became anorexic and got bullied for that. I wanted to better myself but didn’t realise that by getting physically fit it would also improve my mental wellbeing. So, I want to help people get to that stage of being confident and healthy within themselves without going through the crappy parts that we went through.

Describe your style (dress sense) in three words?
Eclectic, Black, Convenient. 

What music defines the teenage you?
Being mixed race, and growing up at a school which was predominantly white – part of my music taste was me subconsciously trying to fit in. I’d listen to indie rock like My Chemical Romance. Then when I went to high school, I’d listen to a bit of grime, but at the end of nights out, we’d be listening to Wonderwall or Mr Brightside at every party.

At college, music helped me identify who I was, so I started to listen to Chris Brown and Trey Songz and, while they may not be the best role models it introduced me to what my race was or one racial aspect of it. It set me off, I’m not ‘here’ and I’m not ‘here’, these people look like me. It’s weird, but it got me exploring hip-hop and RnB. 

A British musician or someone who inspires you?
I get inspiration from people – I’ve never had the fascination of idolising superstars really.

What was the last piece of music you bought?
It’s an Italian composer, Ludovico Einaudi and the album is called ‘In a Time Lapse.’ It’s piano. I started to teach myself the piano when I was travelling in Australia. One of the places I stayed at had a piano and I taught myself ‘Run’ which is off that album.

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