We meet one of alt-pop's most inventive stars.
Full of innovation and experimentation, LIZ is just the artist 2019 needs. Garnering attention back in 2015 after her collaboration’, When I Rule the World’, with renowned producer SOPHIE, the future-facing musician hasn’t looked back since.
Collating a sonically flavourful body of work into one project – blending a bit of late 90s Xtina with 00s euro-pop and a touch of Grimes-y post-Millenium – we were gifted a debut album, Planet Y2K. “I find myself constantly trying to recreate a time in my life when I felt the most alive and safe at the same time”, LIZ explains, “when I could just be a carefree dream-fueled teeny bopper. My approach with this project was to lean into my authenticity, and not to chase anything anyone else was doing.”
The innovative performer told HUNGER: “I’m very fluid with how I approach references and sub-genres in my music, but I think this is a cohesive body of work and that’s not always easy for me to accomplish. I’ve touched upon many vibes and influences in my music to date, and I look forward to expanding that even further and continuing my narrative as an artist in the current and future landscapes.”
We caught up with the rising star to find out everything about her life URL and how she made it in music IRL, so let LIZ be your Internet Guide…
What would you like to see more of online? What about less of?
Less narcissism and cheap clickbait. More vulnerability and truth-telling. Also, always in need of more cute fennec fox and fruit bat content!
What or who is the best account you follow? The worst?
I love @doggosbeingdoggos!!!! Best dog subtitles and commentary. My friends’ finstas are also insane, but I obviously can’t share those on here or I would get in major trouble. The worst accounts would have to be influencers who are only famous for being friends with other famous people, who then do nothing useful or meaningful with their platforms.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve read about yourself online?
That I’m purposely holding ‘Sunscreen’ hostage. As if!
What’s your favourite meme?
This isn’t really a meme…more of a…you know what–just google “bulldog monkey butt”.
…I also love this song someone made from a compilation of @WalterGeoffreytheFrenchie’s yelling. They legit took time to do real vocal production on this –
What’s your earliest memory of the Internet?
I remember being in *NSYNC chat rooms on AOL and reading the weird fan fiction kids would write. I definitely downloaded a lot of music illegally on BearShare and Napster overnight so that it would be ready to burn onto CD’s in the morning before school. I would find really bad live rips of Christina and Britney singing on the Mickey Mouse Club. Xtina’s cover of Aretha Franklin’s ‘Think’ became my talent show and audition go-to song because of discovering it on there.
Is the Internet a good or bad thing for music?
The Internet has obviously opened the doors for artists to express themselves without having to pass gatekeepers of the industry like labels and radio etc…however, algorithms are basically the new gatekeepers. You have to be REALLY good at the internet and often times have a lot of money and a digital team to strategically crack certain tiers of followers. Now, all this data is what the industry looks at in order to see who they should get behind. It’s kind of a boring and predictable rat race though. Like, what happened to artist development and instinct? The music industry is basically just one big dick-riding spectacle. The listeners and the people you touch are what make it all worth it.
How many followers represent success?
It’s not about the quantity, but the quality!
Finally…what’s going on in your life?
Well, I just A&R’d and released my new project called Planet Y2K which everyone should go bop to!!! I like to experiment with different vibes & references within my late 90’s/early 2000’s ~meets future~ sonic spectrum, and this project feels cohesive, which is delightful.
Stream Planet Y2K here now and follow LIZ on Instagram here.
29 November 2019