Stockholm artist and producer Lizette Lizette has just released “Queerbody”- a short, sharp electroshock that is deservedly receiving RAVE reviews. It’s been quite an odyssey for Lizette Nordahl but her persistence and vision has paid off in spades. We were delighted to catch up with her and find out a little bit more about what makes her tick, check out her excellent debut below, it’s a bit special.
When/Why did you decide to become a musician?
I was very quiet and shy as a child and I didn’t talk to anybody for years. I secretly dreamt of singing on a stage but it wasn’t until I discovered No Doubt at age 13 that I got the courage to try to pursue music. So I got a guitar, started to write my own songs and was admitted to a musical education in senior high school. That’s where I got my confidence, blossomed and turned into this weird artist.
What was the first piece of music you loved, and why?
My first idol was Cyndi Lauper, I loved “Time After Time”. I guess I was drawn to her eccentric look and expression, and I still relate to her.
What is your favourite song that you’ve written and why?
”Rest” I would say. It seems to have touched a lot of people, and to me it symbolises a mental turning point. I still can’t believe I wrote it.
How do you know when a song you’ve working on is complete?
I always have a vision of a song before I make it, so I know it’s complete when it can live up to my vision.
What’s a typical day in the life of Lizette Lizette?
I love to sleep, so I get up at 10 am and drink a huge cup of coffee. Then I go to the gym while listening to podcasts that inspire me, mostly interviews with interesting people. Then I have lunch and after that I’m ready to do music or work that revolves around it. In the evening I’m most likely very restless, so I call a friend and go out for a glass of red wine.
Lizette Lizette on YouTube
What song by another artist do you wish you had written and why?
“Those eyes, that mouth” by Cocteau Twins. It’s the most beautiful song I now.
What artist(s) has been your biggest influence and in what way?
The early Madonna with her attitude and drive, Gwen Stefani (early No Doubt) with the vocals and stage presence, Depeche Mode with the sounds and Marilyn Manson with the weirdness.
Name a song that makes you happy and why does it have that effect?
Opus III – “It’s a fine day”. I discovered that song late one night in 2011, and it really affected me, I listened to it the whole night. I still love it, I never get tired of it.
What is the best new band that you’ve heard recently?
A Danish band called First Hate, but also a Russian artist called Celebrine. And one Italian producer named Alessandro Parisi. I strongly recommend them!
What do you think of music streaming sites like Spotify and Deezer?
Well I like that it’s so easy now a days. I remember back in the day when I discovered all my music trough VH1 and hit to the city an hour away to buy a whole record just for this one song. But on the other hand, the music had more value that way. Now when it’s so easy music tends to become a throwaway.
Do you buy or listen to vinyl?
Yes! I have a bunch of vinyl, mostly from the 80’s. I wish to release an album on vinyl some day.
What’s your idea of success?
Well, I’ve struggled with that a lot. I’m someone who is a perfectionist and has a lot of expectations on myself, and when I feel unwanted and unsuccessful it tears me apart. So I’ve been forced to focus on what makes me happy, and that’s the joy of realize my creative visions. In music, videos and performances. I’m not sure I know what success means to me anymore.
Lizette Lizette in the SWIT Gallery