INTERVIEW: Eliza Lee

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

I’ve been great, thanks for having me! Just been writing a lot and trying my best to stay inspired during this crazy time.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Boo”?

Boo is my debut single, so I’m super excited to finally share it! I wrote it in 2018 with some of my amazing songwriter/ producer friends. I was really missing someone at the time so we ended up writing about that and it turned it to what feels like a summery pop anthem. It’s such a cute one. Even though we made it 2 years ago, I still love it and it’s so nostalgic for me.

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

Yes, I’ve been in a couple of long-distance relationships because I’ve found myself traveling a lot in the past few years, so it’s just about that. It felt like such a perfect time to release the song, given the state of the world right now. I think there are a lot of people that will relate to this while they’re in quarantine. We’re all missing someone right now!

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes, soon! But before that I have my next single coming out on May 1st and I’m especially excited about it.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was honestly a blast. They’re an amazing team and I always love working with them. It was one of those sessions where everyone was really vibing the song and there was a great energy in the room. I live for those kinds of sessions; where everyone is super excited about the art we’re creating.

What was it like to work with Philip White and Mika Lett? How did those relationships develop?

Long story! Philip, Mika and Brian have their own production/ writing group called “The Trackheads” and I got connected with them way back through a manager at Mono Music Group who found me on Instagram in 2017. We found that we worked really well together and through them, I met Masa who also produced the track. Since then we’ve made lots more music together and I always hit them up for a session whenever I’m in LA.

How much did they get to influence the song?

A lot! I wrote the original chords and first verse the night before our session and played it to them. They loved it and helped me turn it into more of a feel-good, catchy pop track. They really helped take the song to the next level and I’m super grateful to work with such a talented team. When it comes to songwriting, I’ve learnt that collaboration is key.

How have Ariana Grande and Charli XCX influenced your writing?

Both are incredible. I’m very influenced by female pop artists, but I still like to make sure my work feels individual and true to my style. Ariana’s tracks have been a huge influence in the way she integrates Pop with elements of RnB and hip hop. I’ve been experimenting with that especially recently. Charli XCX is one of those writers that I dream of working with one day. Her hooks are just so addictive and I love the way she uses autotune as a stylistic element. We did this with the tune in the chorus of Boo.

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

Yes! I have a lot more songs that I am waiting to release. I’m excited to release more of my recent work, as I feel I have developed my sound a lot recently.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

My second single comes out on May 1st.

Any plans to hit the road?

Unfortunately because of Covid 19 I haven’t made any touring plans yet. I can’t wait to tour in the future. For now I’m just focused on making more art and taking my music to the next level. I’ve been collaborating a lot on zoom lately. It’s great being able to work remotely with producers in LA while I’m here in Sydney.

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

Who knows! I’m a very spontaneous person and I tend to take every day as it comes. Once travel restrictions have been lifted I’ll definitely be going overseas. I’ve been discussing songwriting trips to Tokyo and Sweden with some of my contacts there, so that would be amazing. I really just want to keep working hard and creating art that I’m proud of. I also can’t wait to get to leave the house and see my friends again. I feel like a lot of us have a much greater appreciation for life and for each other now. I’m excited to make more memories for more writing inspiration.

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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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