Taylor Dayne Interview
I heard on the radio the other day that Taylor Day
ne would be coming to Korea. Now I haven't heard the name Taylor Dayne since middle school. I remember the hit 'Tell It To My Heart', and 'Prove Your Love', but that's about it. I know I've seen her picture up on billboards down in Atlantic City playing at one of the casinos. Taylor Dayne wow! It's been a long time.
She was coming to Korea for 5 shows for the U.S. military. I asked a few friends if they wanted to go to the concert and some didn't even know who she was and another one thought she must be at least 60 years old by now. I didn't know what to expect. I still can't believe she's doing a tour in Korea. Taylor Dayne LIVE in Korea!! Why am I so lucky?
Now those of you who know me, know that my favorite word is "FREE"! All of Taylor's concerts were ABSOLUTLEY FREE!!!! I couldn't believe it! How can the military make money off of this? I guess they expect to sell a lot of 'Snickers' bars and M & M's. I personally like the new crunchy kind. Anyway, Taylor Dayne LIVE in Korea! Could all of my dreams be fulfilled this year, or am I in heaven already!
4:30pm was my interview time at her hotel. I went to the Tower hotel around 4:00pm. I was surprised that she was staying here because most foreign artists stay at the Hyatt, Hilton, or some other famous hotel chain not the Tower hotel. Now, the Tower is nice and all, but I would tell my second cousin once removed on my stepfather's side to go there. Oh, I forgot the Tower hotel has a beautiful swimming pool and the Mynamar National soccer team was staying there at that time. I guess the Tower gets a lot of customers from Mynamar. Hey, find your target market and then go after it! More power to you.
I'm sure she wasn't too happy about staying here, so I was already expecting the worst. I went up to her room and when she answered the door I wanted to ask if I could talk with Ms. Taylor Dayne. I was really surprised how she looked! She didn't look bad, but she didn't look like any of her promotional pictures. It's kind of funny, one of my friends thought she was black. Anyway, she invited me in and we began to go through the usual routine of hi hello nice to meet you.
J: So they put you in the Tower Hotel. Like it?
T: No, the air conditioning doesn't work and I'm dying in here. Usually I stay at the Hyatt or some better hotel, but I won't complain.
T: I know. I love it here.
J: Ok, let me as upfront as possible without being impolite. Now, I haven't heard anything about you in a long time. Have you been in the studio or just taking a break for a while?
T: Actually I've been pretty busy working on my acting career.
J: Ok, now I didn't know you were that serious into acting. I know you were on the show 'Rude Awakenings' on Showtime.
T: Yeah, I've been on 'Rude Awakenings' and a few other shows here and there. No feature movies yet, but a couple movies made for cable TV.
J: Now how did you get this gig over here in Korea?
T: It was the best thing for me to do at the time. I had a down period where I had a couple weeks open and the military really wanted me so I said sure.
J: How have your shows been? I know you've already done a couple.
T: I always enjoy performing, but the crowd has been a little quiet. Not what I'm used to actually.
J: Really? I thought the GI's would be going crazy for you.
T: No, the concerts have been good, but nothing crazy.
J: Is it difficult to play in gymnasiums as opposed to amphitheaters or concert halls?
T: Obviously the acoustics aren't as good and the stages are smaller, but you have to work with what you have.
J: Have you done any cool military stuff since you've been here?
T: I've been in a helicopter so often, moving from base to base, that I feel like a 'Ranger'. I got to drive a tank and that was interesting.
J: When can we expect a new album?
T: Well, I'm busy working on that now, hopefully by this year.
J: Will you release it on an independent label, or are you going to go back to a major label?
T: My last album 'Naked Without You' was released on an independent and they didn't promote enough, and that's why record sales weren't where they should have been. This time I'm going to go with a major.
J: Are you getting tired of the business at all?
T: It's got its ups and downs. When is business is good then you've got people knocking down your door, but when you're out of the scene people forget you in an instant. You've got to work hard to get back to the top!
J: Personally now, any plans for marriage?
T: Right now I don't even have a boyfriend, so that's the last thing in my mind, but I would like to get married some time in the future.
J: What type of guy do you like?
T: I don't have any particular type of guy, just someone that I can get along with.
J: Have you ever been attracted to Korean-American men that work for Internet companies?
T: You're cute.
J: I've been told that before. So have you enjoyed yourself here in Korea?
T: I've been so busy that I haven't seen too much of it. I have enjoyed meeting the GI's because I respect the job they do.
J: Would you come back and tour again?
T: Sure, but I would like to do more promotional things. Not just for the U.S. military, but also for my Korean fans.
J: Hey, thanks for chatting with me and I'll see you at the concert.
T: No problem.
Taylor Dayne was really down to earth. She's originally from New York City and I can still see she has some of that tough city attitude in her. She was cool because she didn't care about her appearance when she met me. Most artists have to have their hair done and their make-up on perfectly before they do an interview, but she was so down to earth.
Her voice is great! It's kind of husky and it sounds like she smokes 5 packs of Marlboro's a day, but I think a lot of people think she sounds sexy. It was nice hanging out with her and she did say I was cute, so she can't be that bad. If Yngwie Malmsteen called me cute then I'd probably like him a little better.
Anyway, if you get a chance then check out her website: www.taylordayne.com
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