After exclusively premiering LIEZA’s new music video to “Eyeliner” we also had the honour to ask her some questions and we cannot wait for you to read what she had to say!
Hi Meghan, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us. How are you today?
Of course! I’m doing well, things have been crazy busy, but a good kind of busy!
You just released your new single “Eyeliner”. Can you tell us a little bit about the inspiration for the song?
Funny enough it was actually the first song that I had ever co-written with my writing partner and producer Femke Weidema. We sat down one evening at her studio in Nashville and started talking about the pop industry and the lack of genuine, raw emotions in lyrics and we wanted to write something that really connected with the listener. So we got to talking about how people have different forms of armor or war paint, that they put on before going out and tackling the world, and eyeliner is that war paint for me. It’s that protects me from the mean words people say or the constant judgement; and the hope is that if others can’t find what that armor is for them right away that I can be that for them in a sense. I can be that hand that lifts them up and says, “it’s okay, you’re not alone, and you’re doing great”.
You are originally from Nashville, TN which is a key music city. Would you say the city has an influence on your music and yourself as an artist?
I’m actually a bit of a mixed bag; I was born in North Carolina, moved to Florida for a few years and then landed in Texas and only just moved to Nashville about 5 and half years ago.
But Nashville has been extremely important in forming my musical identity, especially as LIEZA. I didn’t tell many people when I was growing up back in Texas that I sang or that I wanted to do music because admittedly I was a little embarrassed, too afraid that I just wasn’t good enough. But when I got here for school I met some really amazing people who believed in me from the get go; so much so that they drove almost 12 hours away to watch me audition for the XFactor at one point! Everyone here is chasing a dream of some kind and they’re all ready to support you fully no matter what that dream is. Nashville is a very special city; I don’t think there’s anywhere else quite like it in the world.
Living in such a musical city, do you remember the first memory you have that is connected to music?
I remember when I was really young, maybe 4 or 5, and I was in a school play where we got up and sang songs around thanksgiving time with little paper hats that we had made in class and I knew every kid around me was just SO thrilled to be there. But I was genuinely really happy up there singing and there’s even a little bit of home video footage of this performance and the happiness and peace in my eyes while performing was so evident. I think I knew then that this was something I wanted to do, even if I didn’t know what it meant then. I just really loved singing.
You already spoke out against the lack of women in audio production. In your opinion, what advise would you give other women trying to find their way in the music industry?
I would tell them to never give up, even when it feels like every door is closing in your face. I was one of the only women in most of my audio classes in college, which was difficult at first because I felt like I didn’t belong. But as time went on I realized that I was smart and capable of producing better projects than the boys most times. I think you just have to trust in yourself and your craft, work hard, incredibly hard, and just let your work speak for itself. Yes it’s a tough road, but my god it is so worth it.
The main mission of our website is bringing people together by storytelling and music. We believe that a story to a song that helped someone might be able to help someone else too. Is there a song that helped you during a difficult time and would you mind sharing that story?
I remember one night my freshman year of college, I had just moved to Nashville, I hadn’t made any friends yet and was really questioning whether music was the right career path for me. I had gone for a drive just to clear my head and “Vienna” by Billy Joel came on and I remember slowing down unconsciously so that I could really focus on the words and then bursting into tears, pulling over so that I didn’t crash. “…Slow down you’re doing fine, you can’t be everything you want to be before your time.” I’d heard this song a millions times, sure, but for some reason is started to take new meaning that night; it was like he was singing directly to me. It was just like the universe had reached out and said, “it’s okay, and you’ll be fine. Just breathe and keep doing what you’re doing. It will work out.” And since then this song has brought me solace and felt like a moment to breathe when things got really tough, and to remind myself to keep going. I played it when I auditioned for the XFactor and was told I’d never be good enough. I played it when a manager came along and used me for my talents and played games with my head. I played it less than a year ago when I debating giving up on music all together. This song is a rock solid home for me, a place that I go to when I need reassurance in my darkest places. Needless to say, it’s my favorite song of all time.
Do you use other artistic expressions next to music and in your opinion, what makes music so unique?
I think the arts are so incredibly important, and I try my best to help feature them as much as I can. My artwork for the next couple of releases for instance is done by a local Nashville artist named Ashley Manno who is incredibly talented, and we are thinking about getting some contemporary dancers for my next music video. I think it’s essential that you find something that makes your heart feel full and the arts are a really great way to do that and allow you to express yourself quite unlike anything I’ve found.
It seems like on the one side there are people who say: “music saved my life” while on the other, people deny that music itself has the ability to save someone. Would you mind sharing your own opinion on this?
I am definitely the former in this situation. Music is such a powerful force in the universe; it has the ability to bring people together like nothing else I’ve seen thus far in my life. I am certain that I had I not discovered music when I did, I wouldn’t be sitting here having this conversation with you. For me, it’s a form of therapy, the best kind actually, and the only way I really know how to deal with the world around me. And people find solace in that, knowing that they’re not alone in whatever struggle they’re having at the time. I think people deep down just really crave that connection to others and music is such a beautiful way of conveying that. And I think people who don’t see the power in that have just never needed it’s healing in ways that a lot of others do. And I’m actually thankful that those individuals have never gone through times dark enough to need music as a crutch. But it will always be there for those of us who do.
Before we come to an end. Is there anything you would like to say to people who are struggling at the moment?
I guess I would just say that there are brighter days ahead of you. We all have struggles and demons and things in life that tear us down, but I would encourage you to find outlet for what you’re feeling, whether it’s art or writing or just getting in to talk through things with someone. Just speak your truth and give yourself more love than you think you deserve. I wish you all the best, and am sending out there struggling all my love and support. x
Again, thank you so much for taking the time!