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INTERVIEW: LIZA is Liza Grishaeva. A Very Talented, Ambitious Musician Whose ‘Growl’ & ‘Essence’ Is To Die For.

LIZA had been recently picked by us as SONG OF THE DAY!, and for great reasons. We gravitated intently and was very much impressed with her single ‘1 Girl, 2 Cups’. We’d said in our review: “‘1 Girl, 2 Cups’ is an extraordinary depiction and description of the tumultuous rollercoaster ride we sometimes go through when a ‘tragedy’ of relationship occurs. And in this fabulous song, Liza sets the tone from one side of the spectrum to the other extreme, articulating the exact ‘state of mind’ a human can dive into.”

The key word for ‘1 Girl, 2 Cups’ certainly is ‘Articulating’.

What does that word define in a person, a writing, or a song? It has to do with ‘clarifying’ and ‘sharpening’ of feelings and wandering thoughts of an individual, into a written format – which in this case is a song. We humans do this all the time, displaying publicly our deepest thoughts, trepidations, anxiousness, and a slew of emotions, we could not possibly express adequately in normal everyday frames.

We’d only known LIZA for a blip in time, but was compelled to know her a bit more, and about her. She’s a student of music, and her talents as a practitioner of the classical guitar depicts her dedication (or at least her thirst for knowledge and quenching of her current curiosities).

CHF is excited to have gotten to know her and her work, for we think it’s a great start to a great career for her and whatever future projects she deems important for her to tackle.

(CHF)
Hi Liza. To Start, please tell us a general frame about yourself. What’s your name? Live?

(Liza)
My name is Liza Grishaeva. I am 20 years old and I’m currently living in Richmond, Virginia.

(CHF)
Are there other band members? Contributors? Notable friends/assistants?

(Liza)
For now there’s only one person in this band, and it’s me (haha.) I’m good friends with Ben Green, an engineer who owns his own studio in Washington D.C, and he helped me record Bleach. He recorded the drums on Vladimir (song off of the EP.)

(CHF)
What is LIZA all about?

(Liza)
Honestly I don’t know. It’s just me. It’s who I am in the purest form, and the music I create consumes my thoughts everyday. It’s the one place where I can be honest with myself, and eventually to the world (if it ever gets that big.)

LIZA is the reason I look forward to waking up in the morning, and is the reason I feel guilty for going to sleep.

I want to work on it every second. When I’m not writing or recording, or basically doing anything to advance it, I feel like I’m wasting time. It’s a way I figure myself out. Sometimes I don’t even know why I feel a certain way, until I begin writing the words for a new song. Then it’s like “Ohhhhh that’s why I haven’t gone outside today” or “Ohhhhh that’s why I’ve been skipping meals.” I don’t really know how else to describe it. I have two arms and two legs and also this.

(CHF)
Why was LIZA formed? What was the genesis?

(Liza)
Because it had to or else I’d go crazy hahaha.

(CHF)
Where do you HQ (Headquartered) from?

(Liza)
Richmond, Virginia. I moved around a lot growing up (Pittsburgh, Russia, Northern Virginia) but the music I’m making has been inspired and progressed with my experience in Richmond. I moved here a couple years ago and now I’m entirely fluent with the city (I’m a bike messenger so I literally know different areas by their scent.)

(CHF)
How long have you been a musician (or wanted to be a musician)?

(Liza)
Ha since like 4th grade. My dream when I was younger was to be a rapper, so I started writing raps when I was like nine years old. I’d download youtube instrumentals and write 4-5 minute raps like every day. Six years later I realized how hard it would be for a white, female rapper to actually be taken seriously so I gave up that dream haha. My mom forced me to start playing guitar when I was thirteen, and I haven’t really looked back.

I didn’t start writing songs till I was fifteen, but I was HEAVILY playing classical and jazz guitar. I still am.

I practice classical like three hours every day baby. Catch me playing Bach in your town soon.

(CHF)
Has LIZA played live in front of audiences before? We ask because it is a newly formed project.

(Liza)
A couple times, but honestly nothing too serious. I’m about to though. The EP has really helped me reach out to other musicians and make connections to play live.

(CHF)
What are your ambitions for LIZA?

(Liza)
Honestly I’m telling everyone to give me till I’m 27. I’m willing to wait that long for things to pop off, and I have a good feeling about that number. I was born 7/27/1997, so seven is my lucky number. In seven years man, I think it could really catch on to people. I work hard every day and literally nothing other than death or a permanently damaged wrist (knock on wood) will make me stop.

I just want to make my mark, you know? I want to positively contribute to the world, and for now, I know this is how I can. There’s definitely other medians I want to work on, such as poetry and prose, but LIZA comes first.

(CHF)
Any upcoming show?

(Liza)
Not yet! Soon! I hope! We’ll see! I’ll let you know! Follow my INSTA for the deets!

(CHF)
What was the inspiration for this single, ‘1 Girl, 2 Cups’?

(Liza)
2 Girls, 1 Cup. Haha! Just kidding. The inspiration was weird.

It’s about a good friend who lived in an abusive home due to alcoholism and obviously it bothered me.

Like it was really bad. Honestly the song came about weird, the situation wasn’t even on my mind until I started singing. I just remember I went crazy when I was writing it. It just came up like vomit. It was done in about two hours. The feeling afterwards was complete relief, because it was my way of dealing with the situation. I guess since there was nothing I could do to help, this song was all I could do.

(CHF)
What’s the message?

(Liza)
The message. I guess the message was to show how fucked living in that environment is. The manipulation, and the helplessness of the victim. How badly addiction can impact families.

(CHF)
Why the tempo change? What made you insert that kind of arrangement?

(Liza)
I think it was anger?? I don’t know! There’s so many things. I wanted to show two sides of abuse. There’s moments when things are calm and collected, and then moments where everything pops off. I think the A section is where I was exploring the abusers point of view, and giving them their moment to justify themselves, and then by the end of that I said fuck that and wanted to show the undeniable horror that they cause. The A section is almost when the abuser is sober, and the B section when they are intoxicated. I also wanted something that bopped a little. Makes the song more exciting.

(CHF)
Where did you write the song?

(Liza)
In the summer in my garage.

(CHF)
Where did you record the song? Mix?

(Liza)
Ivakota Studios in Washington D.C. Ben Green baby hit my boy up.

(CHF)
Who’s the “girl”?

(Liza)
My friend… Anyone who experiences abuse. Anyone who has potential to experience abuse. You. Me.

(CHF)
Where are those “2 cups” now?

(Liza)
They’re empty! The motherfucker drank them!

(CHF)
LOL. Touché, Liza. touché.

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