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INTERVIEW: Liz Longley

Hi Liz, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I am excited to share some new music with everyone.  The latest single was just released in November and I’ve got a new project in the works as well.

From all the songs out there, why did you choose to cover Four Tops’ “I Can’t Help Myself”?

This year, I started posting #CasualCovers across my social media. I chose songs that I have always loved, and this one is no exception. ‘I Can’t Help Myself’ is a song everyone has danced to at a wedding, but when I sat down and read the words, I noticed the beautiful angst.

What was the approach you went with and how did you get to blend your own unique sound with the original?

The approach was to highlight the vulnerability in the words. Slowing it down helped me to hear what this song is really about and made me want to share that with others.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

I had just casually asked Patryk Larney to come in and film the recording of the song. He brought in two lights and shot the whole process. When he showed me the final video, I was blown away by how his vision transformed the room and took the song to another level.

How was the recording process?

We spent the day in the Nashville’s Selectric Sounds studio. I played the song about ten times and when we thought we got the take, we tried ONE more. Of course, the last one ended up being the take because I wasn’t trying at all… and that led to an easiness where the words almost fell out of my mouth. It was like I was singing it to myself. I think that led to the fragility in the beginning of the song that moved Kai to believe it was the keeper take.

What was it like to work with Kai Welch and how did that relationship develop?

A few years ago, I met Kai Welch. We were roller blade buddies, but always talked about recording something together. Kai is an extremely talented multi-instrumentalist and has been touring non-stop with Kacey Musgraves this past year. He happened to be home for a few days and we finally got into the studio. I think our friendship played a huge part in why I felt comfortable to let loose in the recording.

How much did he get to influence this release?

Kai had a huge influence on how the song turned out. He curated the electric sound that is an integral part of the feel. He also encouraged me to dig into the guitar and vocals toward the end of the song, which helped me to feel both extremes of the lyrics. The vulnerability and the angst.

Does this cover mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along?

I have just begun the process of making my sixth record with 5-time GRAMMY nominated producer Paul Moak. I hope to have it out by the summer. Right now I’m enjoying the pre-production process — talking songs and sounds with Paul has been very inspiring.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

It’s too early in the recording process to settle on a title and a release date yet, but when we have one ready, I’ll be sure to share it with the Vents team!

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! I am always touring. I have about fifteen tour dates on the calendar right now and that list will continue to grow for 2019!

What else is happening next in Liz Longley’s world?

Between the tour dates and the recording process for the next project, 2019 is sure to be a monumental year.  I’ll be on the road sharing new music with my fans, which is exactly what every artist dreams of doing. To stay updated with me on this journey, visit www.lizlongley.com. You’ll find the latest news and social media profiles there.

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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