Interview With Eliz
Have you always been interested in music? What is your story and how did you start making music?
I fully started investing my time in music when I was about 13 years old, but whenever I went to bed as a young kid I always sang for myself imagining I was on a big stage.
Further, I started to develop my skills and quickly realized that I did not only want to be a performer but also someone who managed and arrange my own music.
I now study at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) in my second year and am working on my music and the promotion of it full-time alongside my studies there.
At LIPA I get the tools I need to develop ELIZ and I love it. I am my own boss and I get the opportunity to craft my own world that I have been so present in sinse a young age, now being able to share it with other people.
What are you working on now? Any future releases we can look forward to?
On the date of 14th of April will the music video for my latest single “Remember What You Did?” be out! You can expect a bit of dancing on my part!
I am also working on an EP that hopefully will be out before summertime!
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry?
My ultimate goal in the music industry is to craft ELIZ as a creative artist well enough. I think of ELIZ as an artist that fully commits to the creative aspect of being a musician and artist, and that inspires other people to be more intact with their own creativity!
Of course I want to be able to do that on big stages! It’s my dream! Imagine being on stage with my band and my artist costume headlining as ELIZ! That would be awesome!
But I first and formal want that when they hear the name ELIZ, people go “ah, the artist that create and craft her music and career herself”. That is bad ass!
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
When you have such a strong vision of something you get scared that someone you work with along the way will misunderstand what you are trying to do, and that results in you not being completely happy with the results of your own work. That is also one reason why I do most of the work myself, alongside loving what I do!
I have had to use a lot of time maturing in myself and my own music, so when I do co-work with others I know exactly what I want.
You can only get so far completely on your own. We all need a team to get somewhere and I am looking forward to keep building that team.
How do you go about writing a song? Do you have a melody in your head and then write the other music for it or what’s Your typical songwriting process?
The piano is my favorite instrument. It’s such a beautiful thing!
My head carries around melodic, lyrical, and productional ideas all the time. I need to get it out somewhere in order for me not to lose my mind.
It started with me making melodies on the piano and then developing lyrical and musical ideas around that piano melody.
The guitar is also such a lovely instrument, and I love finding riffs on it and developing a song from that as well.
When starting at Uni in Liverpool I got exposed to the exciting process of producing! That’s when my ideas fully started growing and not only take up audio space on my iPhone anymore! I create a tune in Logic Pro, and from there paint a musical landscape fitting my message of the song.
It’s all about adding layers with notes that ends up being an harmonical piece in the end.
I do also get lyrical ideas first, and from that I arrange the production of it from the feeling that I want the lyrical idea to express.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
I feel it’s been easier and easier to create your own craft which I love!
But it also means that it is a lot of people out there trying to do their own thing.
I do not find that as such a bad thing though, because I love that we all have gotten more creative from it!
It gives all of us more opportunities in a difficult business! I think music and passion for it is something we are meant to share, not compete with! It’s the whole essence of music! Sharing thoughts, feelings, expretions and sounds.
I can’t not mention the male dominance in the industry though. We need more females!
List some famous musicians currently on your playlist?
Tamino, for sure! I do listen a lot to Righannas old 2000 list songs as well as Eminem’s. Eminem is such a good lyricist!
I always have something new and different on my playlist and focus a lot more on the music itself rather than to much on the artist.
Therefore I always end up with different artists almost every week, but another artist currently on my playlist is Mahmood and Selena Comes! Such great musicians! Oh, I can’t forget Miles Cyrus. She’s a legend!
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I feel I always made music, but I have to say drawing. Creativity is my thing and drawing as well as writing are two other passions of mine.
I did a lot of horseback riding as well when I was younger, and I would probably have continued with that if it wasn’t for music!
Would you have any advice for young people wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Yes, listen to yourself! If anyone tells you something that doesn’t resonate with your gut feeling, your gut feeling is the one to listen to. It will be your best friend.
People can’t see inside your brain or your heart so it’s natural that they don’t understand what you do sometimes and that is fine. A lot of people will make it difficult for you but it’s not with purpose and it’s a big thing in life.
It’s there for you to be more and more in tune with yourself. The key is to use your time rather than rush into a world where people will tell you how to do things.
It’s a lot of opinions out there, it will always be, it’s just about crafting your work well enough to be able to face those. Stay for yourself as long as that takes and then face the world with it!
If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be?
The commercial filtration of a musical craft. It’s all product sales and less and less about the real and authentic music itself. It’s harder to craft the real deal, but boy we need more of it!
How do you feel about originality?
That is my core in all that I do. No one can be better at being me than me, and no one ever will! It’s such a comforting thought!
Is there anything else we should know about you? or Something that you would like to add?
If you want to follow along and be a part of ELIZ’s community, follow me on Instagram @elizrfmusic! I post regularly on my platform and all dates of releases will be given there! As well as twitter and Facebook with the same profile name!
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