Liza  Five Questions with Toronto songstress Liza – The Hype Magazine


Published on November 7th, 2016 | by Jerry Doby


Five Questions with Toronto songstress Liza

Liza  {Lee•za} (@liza_wazis a singer/songwriter from Toronto, Canada. She has been making noise on the Internet with her sultry singles Just Chill, Suffocated and her latest, All Alone. Liza is preparing to release her debut EP February 29 later this year.

Tell us about your current project and/or single!

“February 29” is my debut EP. It will be released in November. This project explores my experiences as a female and dealing with the pressure that can come from pursuing a career path that sometimes the people closest to you deem impossible. This project is a reflection of where I am in my life and I’m very excited for everyone to hear it.

“All Alone” is the lead single on the EP February 29. The song presents the obstacles an individual faces when they choose to pursue their passion. When people have a drive to achieve what many believe to be unattainable, the lack of support can make the journey seem very lonely. The more I focused on what I wanted to do, I slowly began to lose touch with everyone around me and had to deal with the obstacles that arose on my own.

What is the meaning behind the title of your upcoming project?

I have a personal attachment to February; it is the month in which I was born. I chose February 29 because it represents a leap year. The idea of having an extra day, that only comes around every 4 years is simply a metaphor for taking that leap of faith. In my eyes, it also represents growth and change, something I am definitely experiencing as an individual and artist. February 29 is my way of finally taking that leap.

February 29 is also when I released my first song, Just Chill, it marks the beginning of my musical journey.

Coming from Toronto, a city that has been in the spotlight, do you feel any pressure as a new artist to excel to the heights of your peers?

Toronto is an amazing city. It’s where I grew up and it plays a huge part in who I am. Music coming out of the city is phenomenal and it’s an honour to be a part of that. The desire to excel is a pressure I put on myself.

Who are some of your musical influences?

Alicia Keys, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Aster Aweke (Ethiopian Artist), Sade, Frank Ocean, Aaliyah. I feel like I could go on forever when it comes to the artists who have really impacted and influenced me as an artist. These artists have not only impacted me, but they have also heavily influenced the world in numerous ways. They have broken down barriers and have set world records, but I think what they all have in common, is that they stood for something.

What is the best advice you have received since deciding to pursue your music full-time?

To stay authentic and true to yourself, and my lyrics are a testament to that.

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