Curation, activism, & southern goodness.
TAYLOR ALXNDR (they/she) is a DIY multi-media artist, performance artist, drag queen, writer, community organizer, & curator based out of Atlanta, GA.
What does “raise the female* voice” mean to you?
To me, it means to uplift the voices, experiences, and art of those who are women, trans and non-binary folks. Too often in the music scene and the general art scene, those voices are talked over and neglected.
You wear many crowns: musician, producer, host, curator, activist, photographer, designer, writer, drag queen, etc. Do you have a favorite?
That’s hard! At my core, I’m a musician. Music rules my life and it was the first art form I fell in love with. At the end of the day it’s who I am.
You are founder, host, and curator at SWEET TEA, an Atlanta-based queer/trans variety show. Why is curation important to you?
It’s important to me because trying to find an affirming space as a queer musician and performer is hard. Sometimes you have to play shows where you’re the token act. SWEET TEA is meant to be an inclusive, open space for queer and trans artists to showcase their talents. Just being able to curate these spaces fees like I’m giving back.
As a music artist, what is it like to write, record, and produce all your own tracks?
I love it! I have complete control. There isn’t a middle-person telling me to change anything. It comes with a lot of freedom. But it also comes with a lot of responsibility as well, because everything rides on you. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.
What’s your favorite thing about yourself today?
My independence. I’m really proud of my ability to stand on my own two feet, make my own decisions, and not rely on others for validation.
Can you describe growing up in rural Griffin, GA? As a lifelong Georgia resident, have you ever been tempted to leave?
I had a great childhood. I grew up in the country, around farms. I really value my where I come from. I’ve lived in Atlanta since 2011 and I love it. But I definitely intend on moving in the next year or so. A change of scenery is needed.
How did you get your start as a community organizer?
I started getting into community work when I was 18. I had just started college in Atlanta and got involved with the gay student group on campus. I started working with local groups, and it grew from there!
Do you have advice for other artists looking to use their work for social good?
I always think you can use your craft for the better good - whether it’s supporting a cause or trying to make your art more socially aware. I think you have to take it in steps and always make sure it’s coming from a genuine place.
Can you tell us a little bit about the inspiration behind your playlist?
This playlist is really a collection of all the women and non-binary folks that have shaped me as a musician and who have also put out some amazing music over the past few years. Hopefully, it introduces some new artists to the people out there!
Who’s one artist on your playlist we need to start following immediately, and why?
That’s so tough! I think everyone should listen to Empress Of. Her debut album "Me" really came into my life at the right time and has majorly influenced my projects since then. So listen to her ASAP.
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Southern Fried Queer Pride is a queer and trans arts and advocacy organization based in Atlanta, GA uplifting Southern queer artists, culture, and communities. Their work ranges from artist showcases, art workshops, community discussion, stage productions, and more!