Artist. Creator. Threat. The words are blazoned in bold on Ms. Charm Taylor's clothing. She's just woken up from a nap following a lengthy and productive studio session in New Orleans, Louisiana with decorative blue paint freshly brushed onto her welcoming face.

The rapper/singer has new music coming. She always has new music coming. From her role as frontwoman for New Orleans' electric soul band The Honorable South, to her collaborative songwriting ventures, to the release of her first personal solo work The Road Within EP earlier this year, Charm Taylor is steadfastly concentrated on the delivery of her conscious wave she refers to as Future Soul, but more importantly, the message behind it. Artist. Creator. Threat. It seems fitting.

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Is there a big difference between Charm Taylor the solo artist and Charm Taylor the frontwoman and when you were putting together your first solo offering The Road Within EP, what changes were you aware of conceptually and artistically?

I feel more myself than ever. I'm still carrying a torch so far as, my music is very much a tool for me to build nations. But, I just feel that I'm not necessarily making anyone accountable for what I say, think, or feel. It's more, I'm me. This is accountability for my own perspective. It's really done a number on identity. It's definitely been an exercise on identity. I feel like I've gotten to know myself so much more simply by having to stand, at least in the physical sense, alone. But it definitely hasn't been a solo effort. There's been many hands creatively. I was able to travel to one of my ancestral homelands in Cotton Plant Arkansas. I had the freedom within this project to dive into these very personal pockets of identity, while still working with other people. It's definitely been the narrative to realize and focus. That can be uncomfortable for anybody, to really say that, this is my voice and my story. I'm uncovering levels of my lineage. So it was just deep. The whole time, it was deep. Now that it's finished, it's still unfolding in these very real ways.

It sounds like it's been a really thorough journey of self-discovery, not just artistically but personally. So how did that process of tracing your lineage liberate you?

It's been super dope to channel these stories, because oftentimes as a creator, there's so much pressure to really give voice to the story that you're presenting. I always want to tell stories that I feel like the world needs. But in this process, it's very liberating because you surrender to the ether. You surrender to the fact that the stories that need to be told are just - on one plain, it's using me and just my voice and my ears and my aesthetic to communicate on some vessel stuff. I feel like, I let an energy move through me and now when I perform the music, I be like, "Who is that? What is that about?" Some stories fell on my tongue especially that I felt were a result of me just meditating on life and ancestral memory and "what are the things that I need to say now? Why is it important to radicalize every place I walk into as it relates to identity?" Stuff that fell on my heart that I realize, I'm just a door. I'm just a gate. The moment I think it's me, the door is going to close. So I just stay really balanced. It's an artistic surrender and me listening to creative intuition and me listening to my ancestors and my highest self. It's been very organic and feels like assignment or birthright. These are things that come with letting your life inform your art.

You became an artist because of the writing process, once you realized how writing made you feel and how it helped you accept certain realities in your life. So what realities did writing music help you accept?

Self in relation to the rest of society and the rest of the world. We're insignificant but we're so significant at the same time. You come to accept that which you can change about your immediate circumstances. As creators, we usher this understanding for the rest of society. They look to us to remind them that they can really create this other future. Are you a victim of your circumstance? Are you presently shifting energy in your life to really reach the most favourable outcome of yourself? I'm always giving the story like, this was the hand I was dealt and here's how we navigate the world now. People look to artists for the spirit of freedom and the spirit of resistance. I'm on some purpose and destiny stuff. It's a radical act.

For those people, fans or listeners that aren't creatives themselves that may struggle with self-awareness or self-discovery, what advice do you have for them for finding that path?

Listen to the wind. Sit and spend time in nature. Reconnect. The earth has certain rhythms that unlock certain things within us. I'd say, start now and figure out what your people's stories are. Even if that means calling your grandmother and speaking to the elders in your life. It's so interesting how they can give you a different lens into your future. But more importantly, don't spend so much time outside of self. Everything you need to know about self is already inside of you.

And speaking of future, you describe your music as Future Soul. So what is that exactly and how is it a reflection of your artistry?

It's the next wave. It's where we go when our experiences make us long for the future. There's a lot of different waves in music, but what making the most noise in the ether is this forward thought. When people start thinking about how to ascend and get to this next level. That's what we're doing. Clearly, there's a detest for mono-culture, this sameness that I think many artists are perpetuating within the industry. There's a bunch of independents that are, "No man, where's the culture? Where are the layers? Are you talking this or are you living it?" Thinking higher, thinking progress, thinking innovation, that's the move. It's challenging the listener to open this other door in your mind. It's relatable, but it's like "Man, let me tell you about this next thing."

That's what life is about, learning and discovering consistently.

Elevation. Elevate your love scenario, your circle, everything. I'm going to radicalize every space I walk into. I'm going to decolonize every space I walk into. I'm actively representing the divine feminine. We know we were designed differently. We have to usher in an age of lifting consciousness. There's a collective of us. We're really reaching back to that age of the Black Arts Movement or the Harlem Renaissance, or any of the really real cultural movements. I think that it's no wonder that what we're doing artistically exists as a compliment to the social shifts we're seeing. There's all these structural overhauls taking place. There's more conversations of trans-identity, more so than you've ever heard. More conversations and policy change around gay marriage and marijuana law. We have this #BlackLivesMatter call. There's a lot of radical movements in society and we want to make sure that we're staying with that as a catalyst to that and compliment that.

What's been the most rewarding part of that for you?

Just being able to relate to people. Suddenly, we're human again. In the midst of this wave of social media in general, I'm going to relate to you from this phone scenario, but at the same time, the closer we get artistically to usher in this new era, we're still the most human again. That's all.

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