“Practice makes perfect, there is nothing worse than that song you didn’t do because you let fear stop you.”
Check out the interview with Liizen exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Liizen: Oh boy, we are talking back in the 90’s I remember being a little squirt drawing the sun in the corner of my papers. Writing came naturally. I struggled with reading though, but poetry, art, and anime were my number 1. But if I say where it did start, it started when I was around 7. I’d be done with my school work early just so I could write things that rhymed, write how I felt. I used to have this huge tote full of all my art and writing. I decided one day I’d be this cool-big time rapper who could draw too.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I found Soundcloud one day. Put one of my latest poems on there, so for me that was like 880th poem but first as a song. I let it run, I let it stream across Google Plus, Facebook to my friends, then over on Twitter. I wanted as many people’s feedback as possible. I’m a sweet guy, I am easy to get along with and by doing just that, I made lots of friends, lots of people have come to idolize what I speak about and it spreads itself like a wild fire.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
I view challenges as a test of my strength. Can I actually pick up the pen and write something that conveys how I feel properly? Then deliver it as powerfully as what I have written? My greatest challenge is just that. After every song I make sure it is much stronger than the song before it. I keep teaching myself new techniques, I listen to beats and freestyle, write down all the good stuff I come up with no matter where I am.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I was born in North Philly. When I last left the place was a mess. I was trying to explore my talents in poetry while I was there, but no one wanted to go that extra mile with me. The part I loved was that I was surrounded by so many talented people who could write a 15 chapter book overnight. The part that hurt me was seeing they were too afraid to show others what they could do. I had to be one of the ones to leave the city and show them how it’s done.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
We’re on a good path as long as the audience can be given that line to jump between positive music to encourage them and music that’s only as good as the beat. Progress can be made. As an artist we all want to bring something new to the table, keep bringing that new into music. Music is something never old, music is something that’s allowed us to communicate what.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Get out there. Throw yourself into the most uncomfortable situations you can. You feel nervous about uploading that song? Do it anyway. Feel scared of what people will think? Upload it anyway. Feel like you’ll mess up and your audience will only focus on that? Guess what? We all sucked at something once upon a time. No one is born great. Just perform. Practice makes perfect, there is nothing worse than that song you didn’t do because you let fear stop you.
What inspires you to write your next song?
My anger. I don’t have a bad attitude, like the next person, when push comes to shove, of course I can’t punch the guy with a shovel who just hit my car. So why not write? I use it for energy that I can manipulate instead of allowing it to control me and get myself in trouble. I can speak on a level about things I normally wouldn’t. Connect with that part of myself I cannot always bond with. Anger? Oh yes, anger can teach you a lot when you listen.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I listen to my soul. If I am going through a tough time, best believe I can write for days about it. Pick up that pen, take it to my book, and write down everything that comes to my head. Rap it out to myself, I never share my work with nobody until I feel confident in it. Once I’ve written something and it makes sense to me, I pick up the Mac, open up Garageband, then go to town until I feel like it sounds good.
What do you think makes a great song?
Emotion. Passion. When a song can give me a raw feeling like listening to Elliot Moss’ “Without The Lights;” before I saw the video that song gave me so many chills. Music should invoke emotions without images, should make you feel like you can make your own music video in your head. Allow you to connect your own dots.
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