Our Exclusive Chat With Liza Owen
What was the recording process like for your latest single, “Why Aren’t We Having Sex?”
It was honestly one of those songs that wrote itself in an hour. All the live instruments and group vocals were also created within the same evening, so the final song you hear is exactly as we left it the night it was made which is quite rare. It was the first night in this ridiculous 70s Bond feeling villa That I had rented to make some music with friends. I love to make sure the vibe is right so I had brought this neon light from home that I had made for a party, it said: “WHY AREN’T WE HAVING SEX?”. We set up the studio in the living room, poured a tequila, and at some point, someone looked over at the sign and said that’s the title of the first song.
Can we expect more singles or an EP soon?
Yes to both! I’m still writing but I’ve been working the music that is shaping up to be my first EP over the past year and it’s the best stuff I’ve ever written. I’m super proud and excited to share it with the world. I’ve spent the last few days working on the music video idea for the next single…it’s coming VERY soon!
Do you ever have a fear of “oh is this too honest/personal” when writing?
Not really , my best songs come from me being the most honest and open. It can get a little awkward if the person I wrote the song about hears it but that’s also part of the fun.
You have an amazing sense of style. What is your inspiration?
Thank you! I’d say I get my inspiration from a lot of places…a lot of old iconic movies, particularly badass women from the 90s and early 2000s. That’s probably why it’s kinda out there and bold.
You’re originally from Cambodia. Are there any sort of misconceptions you wish to break about being Cambodian?
I’m actually half Cambodian and I was born in the UK but I’ve been traveling Cambodia with my family since I was 10 so I have a very strong connection with that part of me. I’m so proud of that shit and in awe of the culture. Cambodian people have been through a lot in recent history but they’re so strong, intelligent, and have such a rich & beautiful history…I want the whole world to know and love that country in the way I do.
What were/are (the world is weird now) some of your favorite London hotspots?
Damn. I can’t wait to get back to London the second I can fly. You got me reminiscing now! Whenever people ask me for recommendations I tell them Portobello Rd vintage shopping, afternoon tea at Sketch is a must if you wanna be boujee, and then Duck & Waffle for a late-night feast.
What have you been listening/watching/reading in quarantine?
Well, I watched the entire contents of Netflix in the first week, starting with Tiger King, so now I’m back to re-watching all my old favourite movies. I just watched Edward Scissorhands last night…I die for anything Tim Burton, Quintin Tarantino and Sofia Coppola. The Virgin Suicides is so good! Musically I’ve been jumping a lot between old and new. My playlist is a huge mix of Sheryl Crow, Fleetwood Mac, The 1975, Dominic Fike and I just listened to the new Haim album actually which I loved.
What do you think the future of the music industry will look like?
God knows . Different! It’s crazy what happens when you totally eliminate live music. You lose the heart and soul of music. I can’t wait for that to come back. Also, I hope that songwriters will get more of the recognition they deserve from these huge companies.