Q&A WITH MUSIC JOURNALIST & HXC MAGAZINE FOUNDER TAYLOR MARKARIAN
Taylor Markarian, a 23 year old music journalist, is usually the one doing the interviewing. So, we switched things up and interviewed her to learn about her life as a writer. She married her loves of music and literature to create a dream career for herself. Now, she’s written for huge publications like Alternative Press and Revolver. Plus, she’s the editor-in-chief and founder of HXC Magazine, which focuses on music and culture. On top of all that, she’s giving back to the community and hosting a show, Make A Change Fest, in Philly on June 24th which will benefit the ACLU!
SOCIAL DECAY: When did you start music writing?
TAYLOR MARKARIAN: Probably in my sophomore year of college. Every since I was a little kid i wanted to be a writer. In high school I really wanted to be in a band and everything like that. In college, those two things collided, and I started doing music journalism.
SD: It seems like everyone these days wants to be a writer. How did you make yourself stand out to get your foot in the door?
TM: I got my degree in literature, so I feel like that adds a lot to my writing. There's a certain depth to it and a way of looking at things psychologically that other people might not tune into. Whenever I write a piece, I always try to make it something that has substance, something worth reading.
SD: What's your favorite interview you’ve done so far?
TM: Oh man... I think it was with the vocalist of The Devil Wears Prada at the last Mayhem Festival. He’s a lit nerd too so it was really cool to talk to him not only about the past and present of The Devil Wears Prada but, also about literature. When I walked in, he was reading a book as thick of the dictionary. It was cool to bond with him over that, and The Devil Wears Prada is one of the bands I've stuck with for a really long time as a fan.
SD: Who would be your dream artist to profile?
TM: I would probably say Adam Lazzara of Taking Back Sunday, just because that was the band that really got me into the genre of music that I deal with now. Their record Tell All Your Friends was and still is hugely important to me, so I would love to talk to him about everything past and present.
SD: What do you do to get over writer's block?
TM: If I'm writing something and I feel like it's not clicking, I just step away from it because I know that anything I try to write then is gonna be crap. I step away, give myself some breathing room, and try to do other things that inspire me to be creative, like watch a TV show I really like or listen to an album I really like until that artistic vibe is flowing through me enough for me to write.
SD: What's the best part of being a music writer?
TM: The best part is that 14 year old me would be really fucked stoked! It makes me happy to say that even though it's hard, following what I've always wanted to do, I'm following my heart and I enjoy every assignment that I do and I love going to every event that I go to. I personally think a job should never be something that you just have to get through the day for. I think that if you spend most of your day at work, it should be something that you love.