INTERVIEW: Eliza Spear

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

I’m busy, but very good. The song is performing well and getting a good amount of attention, so that makes me happy.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “There Has To Be More”?

The song was actually written about the music industry and how crazy difficult it is to maintain a positive attitude while chasing music in LA. Los Angeles is so busy and I felt like everyone I met was chasing a dream, which got to be hard for my mental health. It’s so hard not to compare yourself to everyone around you, especially in the age of social media. I wrote the song with hopes of there being “more” outside of the feeling I felt so trapped in.

Did any event, in particular, inspire you to write this song?

Mainly just being in LA for so long (I grew up in LA and stayed there during a Gap Year in between High School and College). I knew that there had to be more for me, but I felt like I wasn’t able to know what it was. I didn’t have the money to leave LA, and I so often felt like I didn’t have the support, from others and myself, to chase this dream.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes! The video is coming out on February 6th! I shot it with my good friend Austin Coombs-Perez, who is absolutely incredible. It’s gonna be a good one, I’m looking forward to people seeing it.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process was pretty quick, as I think I was feeling trapped for a while, but wasn’t writing about it. I do that a lot. I forget how therapeutic it is to write because I get so caught up in work or emails or networking. I recorded the song with LA producer Kyle Burke, and then I moved to North Carolina to go to school, so we spent hours and hours on the phone trying to find the right sound. He was extremely patient with me and worked tirelessly to get the song where it is now. Kyle is amazing, I love Kyle.

What role does NC play in your music?

North Carolina plays a huge part in my music! I thought I was going to hate it, because for so long I was against the idea of going to college, but being surrounded by music 24/7 is absolutely magical. All of my friends are musicians and we write songs and play music until 3 am, or until we get yelled at for making too much noise. I have two singles coming out in the next two months and those songs are being recorded in NC right now.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes! 2019 will have large amounts of new music. Two singles coming up, and then an EP, and then probably one more single to finish off the year. I have so much material from all my years of writing that hasn’t been released, but that’s changing very, very soon.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The song “Cut My Hair” is coming out next, and that song was written in a state of pure rebellion and angst. I’m excited for that one because it’s the complete opposite of the current single that just came out. It’s fun and very twangy pop sounding.

Any plans to hit the road?

Many plans! I’m planning a cross country road trip with some friends with the intention of stopping at any music venue along the way. I’m also looking at a Press Tour in NY in March.

What else is happening next in Eliza Spear’s world?

I work as a mentor to middle school and high school kids while being in LA, and it’s great to be able to connect with kids in that way. I was always so caught up in my own head as a young teen, so being able to talk to current teens and help them guide their way through school is something I love to commit my time to. I’m heading back to NC in a week and I can’t wait to track vocals for the upcoming singles. Everything is coming together, it’s just a matter of working extremely hard and getting my voice out there.

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About RJ Frometa

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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