Meet TAYLOR ALXNDR (they/she), the underground drag icon and queer artist making a big splash in Atlanta, making waves and turning heads in the big city & beyond since 2011.
The “DIY pop priestess” made a splash in 2017 with her debut single “Nightwork”, which explores the darker layers of drag. “With shots of the singer getting into the gig,” wrote Justin Moran in OUT Magazine, “the visual showcases the behind-the-scenes process of a drag performance—all the gritty hard work that goes into a single night of glamour.”
In 2018, TAYLOR released her debut EP HOLOGRAM, which received critical acclaim and was listed as one of the top 10 albums from Atlanta in 2018. Bandcamp called the project “multifaceted, personal pop, designed for community healing but free of grating platitudes,” and “a lovely record, streetlamp-shimmery and radiator-warm, a reminder of the power of interpersonal thoughtfulness and kindness in marginalized communities, and a necessity for these bleak times.”
They released the EP ‘1993‘ in 2022, which candidly explores mental health, loss, and life in a gentrifying city, all with a pandemic as the musical backdrop. The EP juxtaposes the fun, electric synths that make listeners want to dance with the heaviness of the subject matter.
Anjali (they/them) is the multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and singer behind the hypnotic synthpop project Diaspoura. Diaspoura’s sound and speech has brought forth the fresh perspective of South Asian, working class, queer, and third-gender person from the rural South. They have been raised and based on occupied Congaree and Catawba land.
Their last music release Traumaporn (2019) was a sonic study of power and vulnerability, using rigid beats, rhythmic bells, and dense harmonies. Lyricism discussed exploitation as they were a part of seeding a cultural movement for fair artist pay from music streaming giants, currently aligning with the demands for streaming justice at the Union of Musicians as Allied Workers (UMAW).
Having begun in the DIY scene of Charleston, the performance of Diaspoura has now been seen in music halls, festivals, universities, art institutions, and underground warehouses throughout 10 years and 5 regional tours across Turtle Island. These days, their performances are more rare and in support of beloved underground acts in various cities.
Over the last year Anjali has been supported to complete a collection of new Diaspoura songs through the Acorn Center For Freedom’s TransFire artist residency. The work holds more polished and adventurous compositions, while holding the lushness and ear-worminess they’re known for. They also work as a freelance web designer, developer, DJ, and graphic designer.