Junior's Cave Music Interview with LaZae
Fall (August/September 2011) Edition
Music Now Spotlight
by Isaac Davis Junior, BGS, MBA
Junior’s Cave Golden Isles Online Magazine knows passionate music, and this next artist fits this down to her prodigious powerful vocals. Meet LaZae, Singer/Songwriter extraordinaire, taking the Indie Music Scene by storm. LaZae commands respect and her stylish songwriter skills are the perfect combination for that saucy Pop/Soul voice. In this spotlight with LaZae, the artist reveals her quest for taking her music to the next level.
Isaac: It’s an amazing time to be a DIY artist/performer/band/musician. What do you enjoy the most about being an indie performer?
LaZae: The freedom to create the kind of music I believe in and really love. I think it's important to relate to the masses, but not give up your own individual beliefs and taste when creating your art and being an independent artist allows that.
Isaac: If you had an opportunity to sign with a major label, would you sign now knowing you may have to give up some of what you have built up over the years about you in the process?
LaZae: It would really depend on the deal. I think ideally it would be better to sign to a major label after building buzz about your music, but if the right deal comes around that fits in with my vision of my music and the right fit financially then of course I would consider it.
Isaac: I remembered Simon Cowell from American Idol talking about the “it” Factor that makes a musician/band stand out. What do you think is your “it” factor that makes you stand out from others in the music business?
LaZae: I think my "it" factor is that on stage I give everything I've got emotionally. I pride myself on not using Autotune or any other vocal tuning programs in the studio so live I can sing it just as good as the record.
Isaac: Why should music fans listen to your music? Describe what they are going to get when they listen to your music?
LaZae: I think the best thing about my music is that what you hear on the album is what you will get live. Everything is really organic. And lyrically you will get songs that talk about subjects from love, heartbreak, social issues to the environment. There's a little something for everyone.
Isaac: Briefly describe your humble beginnings that led you to where you are at musically now.
LaZae: Growing up, writing was my release and my solace. I always sang too. I didn't really know I was a good singer until junior high when I sang in a few talent shows. After that, I couldn't get enough. I ended up graduating high school early at 15 and went to college for audio engineering which is really what gave me my first step into the music industry which led to internships, jobs and songwriting. I think all of those experiences gave me the background to get to where I am now.
Isaac: You have some strong iconic influences. Of these influences, which artist/band do you relate to the most and why?
LaZae: I have so many influences. That's really a tough one to pick, but I have to say that I was really affected by Fiona Apple's songwriting when I first heard her debut album. Her lyrics are so poetic and beautiful. That led me into exploring other artists like Lauryn Hill, Janis Joplin, Carol King and Led Zeppelin.
Isaac: Do you feel that Indie music gets the respect it deserves? Why or why not?
LaZae: I think indie music is gaining a lot of respect in the mainstream market. Especially with the rise of indie music being licensed in commercials, movies and TV, I think more than ever it's an exciting time to be an indie artist. I also think that music listeners are hungry for an alternative to today's Top 40 radio. They want to hear less over-produced artists and more natural, organic music with a message and that's what most indie music delivers.
Isaac: If you could change one thing about the music business, what would it be and why?
LaZae: I would change the way labels deal with new artists. I feel like labels don't really build careers anymore. It used to be that a new artist was signed and then had time to develop. Nowadays, if you don't have a buzz, fans and a moderately selling independent release, it's really hard to get signed.
Isaac: Do you think in the near future that DIY artists/bands will be the norm and big record companies will be very limited?
LaZae: I think there will be more and more opportunities for DIY bands in the future and record companies will adapt.
Isaac: What type of feedback have you been receiving about your music from fans and music critics?
LaZae: The response so far has been great! I'm very excited about how well my new album, "Self Help EP" is being received. People are saying that it's raw and emotional. They're saying that they wish the album was longer which is always a good thing!
Isaac: If you knew that you would never gain fame and fortune with what you are doing now, would you continue to make music? Explain.
LaZae: If nothing ever came of my music, I would still be writing and creating music because it's therapy for me. It feeds me creatively and I could never live without that.
Isaac: How do you handle negative feedback or negative energy about your music?
LaZae: Not everyone is going to like you. I focus on the positive and always take in constructive feedback. That only makes me better as an artist. But no matter what I always have to make the music I believe in.
Isaac: What role do your family and friends play in the equation of your pursuant of a music career?
LaZae: My friends and family are a huge support. The artist's path takes a lot of guts and emotional energy and having that emotional support system is the key and I have an amazing support system.
Isaac: What is the best site/s that you can be found on the Internet?
LaZae: My website is www.LaZaeMusic.com. I can also be found at www.facebook.com/LaZae , www.twitter.com/LaZaeMusic and www.youtube.com/LaZaeMusic .
Isaac: The floor is yours; final words….
LaZae: Also, check out my debut album "Self Help EP"! It's available CDBaby.com, iTunes, Amazon and all major online retailers.