Hi Lydia, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hello! An honor and a privilege. I’m doing as well as you can expect during a global pandemic – I’m in my parents basement.
Can you talk to us more about your new single Apple in my Pocket?
Of course! Lead the way.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
You know, I spent a lot of my life feeling like absolute shit about myself. So I attracted a lot of men who would confirm my suspicions – and I’m not victim blaming myself, I just know I bare some responsibility in allowing that pattern to continue. So I have a pretty sad track record of men who just really treated me awfully. I wrote this song about what it’s like to think you’ve found incredible, transformative love, to be feeling good about yourself, and then to subsequently be gutted by somebody – and then at the end I claim my small responsibility in that: “How simple that this love could be, how boring that all sounds to me,”
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
I’d love to, but again, I’m in my parents basement. I don’t know what that tells you about my current financial situation.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was a joy. This is one of those songs that is so special to me! I just had so much fun getting in the studio with a bunch of dear friends and just laying it out. It was smooth sailing.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – if so how’s that coming along?
Yes! I’m writing a record!
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
I’m thinking Summer 2021. Right now I’m kicking around “Map Self” and “By The Grace Of God And Adderall,”
How did you start working with #MeTooMpls project?
I was approached by one of the organizers, and I’d already been sitting on this song and it was a perfect fit for the compilation.
Why did you join the #MeTooMpls project?
I’ve always been incredibly passionate about equity, sexual health, being an advocate for survivors and avidly preaching consent education: (please see my 2016 rewrite of “Baby It’s Cold Outside”). So this has been the hill I’m willing to die on for a long time.
Can you tell us more about #MeTooMpls project?
It is an incredible, amazing, amazing compilation of a brilliant group of individuals coming together for a common cause. It’s beautiful.
How has this #MeTooMpls compilation and live streaming experience been for you? Rewarding?
Very – people don’t believe me when I say I’m actually shy and performing is hard for me – streaming is surreal and really kind of dampens the awkwardness I feel when I’m on a stage having to be a “performer”. It has allowed for some critical thinking.
Besides attending your #MeTooMpls national release live stream on Nov. 6th – how else can people help?
Donate to planned parenthood! Donate to black women, nonbinary and queer individuals! Donate to your local clinics that are doing consent education. Have the hard conversations. Advocate for your fellow people. We’re all in this together and it would all be better if we just spoke honestly with each other.
What else is happening next in Lydia Liza’ world?
Just a total re-writing of my life. Trying to find what works in my individual life, and find what keeps me going!