Hey, so you’re the first interview on the relaunched Unrecorded! Could you tell our readers a little about Lizzy Land?
How would you characterize your sound, or the sound you’re trying to find?
The first few sessions I had in Los Angeles were difficult because I wasn’t able to pinpoint the sound I was going for. It’s taken years to understand my own tastes and translate that into a style that represents me. I’d like to call it a hybrid between synth-pop and experimental indie music, but it’s generally described as indie pop. I like to think it’s a bit more involved than mainstream pop music with a slight nod to some new age influences.
Your debut single ‘Sweet Melodies’ got a lot of attention, was that something you were prepared for?
Not at all. I really didn’t have any expectations. I received some deflating feedback about the song prior to its release so I had to just hold my breath and let it ride. Being my first solo-release, the experience was extremely emotional. There was definitely some doubt and trepidation, which ultimately made the song’s success that much better.
Do your new tracks follow the vein of Sweet Melodies, or has there been a shift in writing style?
There is a definite thread that ties all the tracks together. I’ve worked on all of them with my good friend/producer, Suede James. His production style plays current yet feels unique in tone. I generally start a track by sending him a melody with a chord progression and he works his magic and sends back something elevated and unexpected from what I’d provided. It’s hard to find someone to work with that you trust instinctually on a consistent basis, so I’m grateful to be writing my entire debut EP with him.
Does living in Los Angeles influence the music you make?
When I think about who I was in each place I’ve lived, those people seem significantly different. Los Angeles has its challenges, but I think it’s those challenges that bring out the drive in me and push me artistically. You meet so many people in LA that are unafraid of their voices (metaphorically speaking) and I find that the longer I’ve lived here, the more that translates into my life. I’ve only just started to be open and honest musically, and I attribute a lot of that courage to my experiences in LA.
How does the day-to-day differ from Portland, for a songwriter?
Portland feels much further away than it actually is as I sit here thinking about it. The lifestyle in Oregon is dramatically different than California. Unfortunately for me, the city started to feel small since I’d grown up there and I felt like I had to step out of the scene I was used to so I could truly progress as an artist. I visit every once in a while and enjoy the solitude and freshness of my hometown, but right now I’m enjoying the pace and energy of Los Angeles.
What can Lizzy Land fans look forward to over the next few months?
I’ve learned not to make promises without delivering, but I can say that my next single will be coming out towards the end of April, and I’ve been collaborating with a visual artist who is helping me shape the aesthetic of my sound for potential video content. I have a feeling this year will be fast-paced and I’m really looking forward to whatever’s next.
What can people do to support you?
If you dig it, share my music with your friends and follow me on your socials!