Interviews

An Interview with Liz Asaro

By: Jordyn Tilchen//

unnamed-1.pngNew York’s very own Liz Asaro is ready to launch her latest single, “1000 Years,” and we’ve had the awesome opportunity of getting to know her a little better. The single, which comes out later this month, will be an amazing representation of what Liz has to offer to the art of music. Although the single itself is pop, her music tends to incorporate a variety of different genre’s, giving her music a rock edge as well. For this particular project, Liz had the honor of working with the best of the best, including extraordinary talents that have worked with legends such as the late David Bowie. Check out what Liz had to say about her upcoming release here:

Hi Liz! Let’s start by chatting about your latest single, “1000 Years.” What inspired this track and why did you choose it as the single?

My music has a lot of aspects, and “1000 Years” has a good mix of all of the things my music has in it. It’s edgy guitars that drive, atmosphere that evokes and lets you think, while the vocals and lyrics tell a meaningful story. It’s a song that speaks to the current state of affairs. I think now, more than ever, we need to ask ourselves if we are doing the best we can. When I look around, it makes me wonder. The song speaks to people that came before us, and even possible past lives of our own, and the work that has been done with regard to social evolution up until now. What have we learned from those that came before us, and have we helped with progress as a human race? Are we doing things differently now than we would have done many years ago?

We know that your sound has been compared to the Irish 90’s band, The Cranberries. Was that accidental or did you draw inspiration from that band specifically? Also, what other musicians/bands have you drawn inspiration from for this single, or for your upcoming album in general?

I don’t know that the Cranberries were a specific inspiration but I do love their sound! I do love how Delores’s voice sits in the instrumentation, and that it’s distinct. My inspirations stem from from 90’s rock and alternative genres, and I love acts like PJ Harvey, Soundgarden, and Alanis Morrisette. From those inspirations I drew the sound for my music. There’s a little edgy guitar in there, there are some rock riffs, and some ethereal vocals.

We read on your Twitter bio that you’re also a mother. That’s awesome! How has your family and your personal life influenced your music? 

There has been a bit of a parallel with creating my songs and raising my kids. Striking a balance with all that goes into each aspect of my life is definitely a challenge, but each inspires the other. I think my kids see how I follow my passion, and I hope that inspires them to do the same, whatever their passions may be.

For your upcoming debut album you’ve been able to work with some incredibly impressive musicians including Gerry Leonard and Sterling Campbell, who’ve both worked with David Bowie among many other legends. What’s it like to have a band with such impressive resumés backing you and helping to launch your music career? 

It’s been extraordinary. I pinch myself all the time! Not only is their sheer talent helping to shape the music, but their guidance, enthusiasm and friendship have made it a lot easier to believe in what I am doing. These guys just ‘do’. They make great stuff happen. They do right by music and musicians and they are each one of a kind. Playing live with them is like floating on air. I am also writing a lot with writers in London which has been  an experience in itself. This has given me a different perspective especially because those writers have worked with the likes of The 1975, Paul McCartney, Rihanna, and others. This married what I am doing with my NYC posse of writers quite well and I am excited to see where that takes me! I am all about constantly evolving and I want to give that to my audience in story and sound.

Although it seems like you’ve already collaborated with some extraordinary talent on this project, who is someone you’d love to collaborate with in the future?

Depends on the day! So many artists. I would have loved to have had a chance to work with Chris Cornell who I have admired and respected for a long time! What a massive talent! Others include Sia, Artic Monkeys, Trent Reznor. I LOVE MUSIC. I would love to take elements from all of these diverse acts to pull together into my music.

As I mentioned earlier, you’re working on your upcoming debut album. What’s one message you hope to spread through your music, and what do you hope people will feel or understand about you upon listening to your work?

If there is one general message in the music, I hope its just to live truthfully, no matter what the subject. I think every artist hopes that their music moves people in some way. My music is not complete until it reaches someone in a way that makes them feel something that they want to be feeling. I love how a good song makes me feel, and I’m all about the exchange between people. I hope I can provide that, whether it be through lyrics, percussive beats, guitar riffs or ethereal electronic sounds.

Do you have any upcoming releases or shows that we should keep our eyes peeled for?

My first single “1000 Years” drops in late July and a second single shortly after. EP or album will be out in the fall. I am currently tweaking some production and writing some new material. There will certainly be live shows booked in the fall to support my upcoming music, so look out!

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