February 14, 2018 | D&LMaking an entrance onto the music scene with her Pop princess vibe and Electronic edge to match, LIZ has not one but two new tracks for you, both representing her diversity as artist.
We caught up with the First Lady of Mad Decent (Diplo’s EDM empire) to talk new tracks ‘Could U Love Me’ and ‘Queen of Me’, being a woman in the music industry and more.
L’ART: You’ve recently released two new tracks, ‘Could U Love Me’ and ‘Queen of Me’. Tell us a bit about the inspiration and creation process behind them.
LIZ: Honestly, these two songs were written a few years apart. ‘Queen of Me’ was written first, in a session where I was just feeling sassy and strong, and ‘Could U Love Me’ was written more recently when I was feeling vulnerable and a bit insecure. Both songs reflect parts of my identity and who I am as a person, woman and artist.
L’ART: What was it about these tracks that made them your first releases for 2018?
LIZ: I wanted to express different sides of myself and have one song that was reminiscent of my earlier RnB releases + one song that was a bit more whimsical like the character I channeled in ‘When I Rule the World’. I hadn’t put out music in a while so I felt one song wasn’t enough! I have a lot of songs that are like 70% finished and these just happened to be two that I’d been living with for a while and felt really confident in, so decided to put the finishing touches on them and get them out into the world. There’s so much more to come.
L’ART: They both show very different sides to you as an artist. How important was it to you to reflect this on a double release?
LIZ: It was very important, especially as it was my first official commercial release back on the scene. I’ve put out a lot of free material I’m incredibly proud of, but not everyone has necessarily found it or will find it (if it never gets on the commercial music streaming platforms). I wanted to continue the kind of artistry I’ve always been doing and assure my listeners and supporters that I’m not going anywhere. I never want to be a one dimensional artist where I’m defined by one song or gimmick– I want to be known as a well rounded artist/songwriter and tastemaker. Being dynamic and experimental is something that’s actually really important to my identity as an artist. I don’t like to rely on one safe trend, sound or emotion because that’s boring.
L’ART: On ‘Queen of Me’ you talk about loving yourself first and being a sassy individual, which we love. Being a woman in the music industry and in the spotlight, what messages or advice do you wish to deliver to female listeners?
LIZ: Just stay true to who you are and don’t forget to have fun. Surround yourself with people who love and support you and always keep your eyes peeled and your ears open. You can never stop learning. Also, when it comes to your ideas, you don’t have to take “No” for an answer. Everyone is just making it up as they go along anyway, so just be confident and stick to your guns. There’s always a way. People are going to try to put you down and take advantage of you, but connect and listen to the purest part of yourself; that child within who wasn’t jaded yet. Trust your instincts and keep your integrity. It’s easier said than done, but please love and respect yourself.
L’ART: …and what about the males?
LIZ: I try not to give advice that’s too gender specific, because we’re all just souls with egos at the end of the day trying to matter and survive and be accepted. Everyone deserves a chance, but no one is entitled to anything. You just have to be smart and try your best to be a good, authentic person along the way. We will all fail, but it’s how we get up and reinvent ourselves that matters.
L’ART: How does it feel to be the First Lady of Diplo‘s, Mad Decent?
LIZ: I admire Diplo a lot and always have been a fan of the Mad Decent brand. He’s very innovative and constantly pushing pop music culture forward. He’s got a lot of soul. Paul Devro, the head of A&R at Mad Decent, is also such a force in music, but he’s remained completely un-phased. He’s probably unaware of his impact. He’s just doing his thing and getting behind niche projects he believes in, but all the while those trends he’s investing in are completely influencing the pop music landscape as we know it today.
L’ART: Being the First Lady, what responsibilities (if any) do you feel you have to uphold when it comes to your music and representing yourself as an artist?
LIZ: I guess I just feel I have a responsibility to keep doing cool stuff that feels genuine to me. You inspire others when you’re feeling personally inspired.
L’ART: Your sound and style has previously been likened to Britney Spears and Madonna. Who are your inspirations and why?
LIZ: Yassss Britney was my idol all throughout middle school/high school because of how polished and hardworking she was as a performer. She always put on a ‘show, intact she still does! She’s got a great work ethic. I looked up to Christina Aguilera vocally as well and Gwen Stefani is also one of my hugest inspirations. The way she plays with different genres and references in a fresh, innovative way is just so dope. I’ve always strived to do that in my own way. Madonna is obviously also an icon when it comes to reinvention and experimentation and will forever be important to me. Janet Jackson is also a big influence for me, especially sonically. Her vocals are so sweet and subtle, yet still intense and fierce.
L’ART: Having previously been listed on a Ones to Watch list yourself, who are your three artists of the moment?
LIZ: Kim Petras, Yaeji, and Rina Sawayama.
L’ART: What can we expect from LIZ this year?
LIZ: I’m really into the idea of releasing double singles all year long, with some key collaborations and features sprinkled in. Since I wasn’t able to put music out for a while being stuck in a label deal, I just want to be consistent now and serve each release with awesome, conceptual visuals that have an editorial component. The fashion element is also extremely important to the over-all experience I want to create every time I put out new music. I love discovering new photographers and designers just as much as I like finding out about new producers and uncovering bubbling, underground trends. And if I get to bring this new music to life on tour, that would be such a dream.
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