Formerly known by the name Queen Liz, QNLZ has already earned herself support from the lives of Impose Magazine but now in 2017, she’s looking to well and truly reach out to music fans everywhere. Currently working on an EP and desperate to head out on the road and tour, she chatted with Thisisthelatest about her new single, social media and what she’d believe to be her ultimate success.
TITL: How would you sum yourself up in four words?
QNLZ: Determined, unique, silly and sassy.
TITL: Prior to making music a career, did you have any other ambitions?
QNLZ: Yes! I dreamt of going pro in gymnastics. I got accepted into the competitive traveling team, but didn’t want my mom to have to pay thousands of dollars. I then discovered shortly after that I wanted to pursue a music career more than anything.
TITL: Which bands and artists are you most influenced/inspired by and are there any in particular you might say you sound most like?
QNLZ: Miley Cyrus has always been an inspiration of mine. Not only as a musician, but as a person as well. I don’t feel that I sound like her, but I definitely relate to her! I am carefree, honest, and I stand for what I love. As does she! I can usually contain my excitement, but I think if I ever got the opportunity to meet her I would definitely not be able to do so. I feel the same way about Christina Aguilera, as well. I wanted to be her (in the least creepy way). I wanted more than anything to sound like her! I often find myself doing the same things she does with her voice, but in a “Queen Liz” way, and not a “Christina” way. Both of them have equally inspired me in multiple ways. I feel I sound a lot like Lorde and Amy Winehouse, however.
TITL: Who or what most inspires your song-writing and with that in mind, which song would you say is the greatest ever written and why?
QNLZ: When I find a song that moves me in a way that I can’t explain, I often become more attached to the artist who created it. I believe there is a difference between enjoying a song, and relating to a song. The feeling I get when I feel connected to both the song and the artist, is what inspires me to create music of my own. Not only is it a way for me to express my genuine feelings, but it is a way for me to move and inspire others in a way that talking can’t. My list of “the greatest songs ever written” is continuously growing, but right now I am loving the song “Alarm” by Anne Marie, and am noticing that I definitely relate to it.
TITL: Tell me a little about your new single “I Want You Right Now.”
QNLZ: This song is about wanting to be with someone you know isn’t good for you. Emotions are crazy as it is, but they are even crazier when you’re in love! In the chorus, it says “…you’re confusing, amusing, you bet I’d love you down (down).” Often in life you may think you know what you want, even if it hurts you in the long run. I wanted to tell a story that others could relate to. Being in love is hard, especially when you know your “other half” is not really your other half. You will keep fighting, and convincing yourself otherwise until you realize what is best. I also decided to use steel drums, and African percussion sounds to complete the tropical vibe.
TITL: Is there an EP or album in the works?
QNLZ: No album yet, but I have started writing an EP! I don’t want to rush it. I want to make sure I put out my BEST work! I have a lot of ideas/goals, and am constantly working to make sure I achieve them. I have a few projects in the making… but when the time comes to release an album, I want to make sure it’s perfect!
TITL: What are your upcoming performance plans?
QNLZ: I would really like to go on tour this summer! I haven’t done a lot of traveling, but it has always been my dream to do so! Although a giant pastel pink tour bus sounds marvelous, I plan on driving my little car around the PNW to local bars, coffee shops, and/or arenas. In April, I will performing at the 2017 Northwest Cherry Idol held in The Dalles, OR. I cant wait!
TITL: If you could share a stage with three other bands or who can be living or dead, who would you choose and where would you play?
QNLZ: Miley Cyrus, Christina Aguilera, and Lady Gaga. I would choose to either play at The Moda Center in Portland, OR or Red Rocks in Colorado. Those two arenas are very close to my heart, along with the artists. I feel we would make a very powerful group on stage.
TITL: Are there any other plans/projects in the pipeline you can tell me about?
QNLZ: Besides potentially going on tour, and starting an EP; there are no plans or projects that I can announce just yet. I am in the process of creating a music video for Freak Show, which I am extremely excited about! I just recently found a local bar in my area that puts on an open mic night every Tuesday, so that is something I DEFINITELY plan on being a part of! Stay tuned!
TITL: How do you feel about social media and to what extent has it impacted your career? Do you think it’s possible for bands and artists to succeed without it?
QNLZ: I have found that social media can be very bitter sweet. It can either help you, or it can ruin you. When it comes to Soundcloud, Spotify, iTunes, etc. I think those are INCREDIBLY important to have, especially nowadays in the music industry. However- Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc. only creates competition in my eyes. It is a nice and easy way to connect with friends, family, and fans; but I don’t want to focus on how many followers/likes I have. I want to focus on how many albums I can release in a year. It’s about music to me, not popularity. I feel it has only made people focus on how cool artists look, and not how they sound.
TITL: Finally then, what would you have to achieve in order to happily call it a day and what would you like your musical legacy to be?
QNLZ: It wouldn’t take much. Just a few listeners who feel moved, inspired, or connected to my music is all I will ever need. Being given the opportunity to share my artistry with the world is already a blessing in itself!