LaZae is a singer/songwriter who holds nothing back in her music. It’s all about telling a story, the whole story, honest and truthfully. That’s why she has no problem painting herself as the “bad guy” in her song “The Antagonist” or as delusional and tortured in her song “Girl, Interrupted” off of her debut album, “Self Help EP”. She ended 2011 with a win for Producer's Choice Award for Recording Artist of the Year at the 21st Los Angeles Music Awards and appearances at the 2011 Burbank International Film Festival and ITSA Film Festival. It’s shaping up to be an exciting year in 2012 for LaZae and her music.
She grew up listening to classic musicals like Rogers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” and “Cinderella” which really began her love affair with creating a musical journey with her lyrics and melodies and that path continued and broadened years later with her love of artists like Janis Joplin, Fiona Apple and Lauryn Hill. In a hippy home where organic and sustainable living was key, she’s also carried those ideals into her lyrics in such songs as “Muddy Hill” and “Women Scorned”.
It’s been an unconventional road for LaZae, graduating early at 15 years old from high school to pursue her music full time. She attended American River College in Sacramento, CA where she majored in audio engineering, jazz and classical voice. Always inquisitive and ready to learn the ropes, she landed an internship at a local recording studio, Velvet Tone Studios just one year after she started college.
She used to spend hours at the studio or in her small home studio experimenting and creating her own music into the wee hours of the night. This led her to entering one of her recordings in the Audio Engineering Society’s (AES) student recording competition where to her surprise she was a finalist. From there she found herself traveling the world as the student delegate chair for the AES Student Delegate Assembly all the while finishing up her college studies by the age of 18.
Every experience she’s had has broadened and shaped her music creatively like her work-study term at the world-renowned Banff Centre in Canada and her time working at world-class Studio at the Palms in Las Vegas. It was at the Palms that she really got her first taste of the music industry. Her time there even gave her the opportunity to dabble in modeling as the cover girl of the Killers’ sophomore album “Sam’s Town”. She was so inspired by all of the amazing talent that came through those doors every day and worked incessantly on her own music before and after work. Her time there eventually pushed her to move to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams of performing and writing her music.
For LaZae, writing music is about sharing one’s experiences as well as the experiences in the world around us. It’s a very personal journey that she is ready to share with a broader audience. With LaZae’s music, you get a full spectrum of topics from love to saving the planet. And in her debut EP, the listener gets just that.
LaZae - Singer
Self Help EP
Girl Interrupted – LaZae
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LaZae is definitely an artist to look out for in 2011. She has an impressive resume of musical acco...LaZae is definitely an artist to look out for in 2011. She has an impressive resume of musical accomplishments and a drive to create a unique sound that defines her music. Music has followed LaZae from her childhood, into her high school and college years, and now into a musical career. You may have seen her before on the cover of The Killers album “Sam’s Town”. She’s also written a song with Colleen Fitzpatrick (Vitamin C) called “Like a Girl” sung by The Stunners. The song was featured on an episode of “The City”. LaZae is now breaking through as a solo artist and proving her ability by writing, singing, and producing her own music. Her EP (scheduled for the summer) and her debut album (scheduled for the end of the year) are in process, but until then here is a sneak peak at what’s in store. Check out her single, “Girl Interrupted”, here on HypTune.com (below). Sign up for LaZae’s mailing list below and receive a free download. Also, check out a few clips of her live. Get on the hype.
Self Help EP Album Review
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LaZae's new EP, 'Self Help', offers plenty of girl power and can easily fit any playlist containin...LaZae's new EP, 'Self Help', offers plenty of girl power and can easily fit any playlist
containing artists like Sarah McLachlan. LaZae is a powerful singer whose music
embodies the lessons she's learned from lovin' and livin'.
The title track, "Self Help" is an extremely candid song about a relationship gone
wrong. LaZae's brutal honesty brings her to the point of proclaiming, "I don't need
another self help book tonight, tellin me how to rearrange my life. I can self medicate til
I feel alright. And when I get done with this bottle of lies, I won't need your damn advice,
I can help myself just fine." So much for sugar coated puppy love lyrics that beg the
other person for forgivness and a second chance. LaZae is just flat out fed up! This is
a strong song with lots of moxy and sass.
I also like "Girl Interrupted" because LaZae sings passionately about becoming
stronger from life's tough times. When listening to this song I can envision a music
video showing the metamorphosis process of a caterpillar going into its cocoon only to
emerge as a butterfly. The music production is nice and the acoustic guitar rhythm is
really cool. Good song!
Overall, I found LaZae to be a good artist who has lots of potential. All this girl needs is
a shot at opening up on a tour with a big time artist in her genre and she'll be on her
way. I encourage you to visit her website and check her out.
AUGUST 2011 SONICBIDS “ARTISTS 2 WATCH”
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Skope: Did you expect to be selected as an A2W artist for August? LaZae: You never know about thes...Skope: Did you expect to be selected as an A2W artist for August?
LaZae: You never know about these things. I was definitely keeping my fingers crossed! I am very thankful to be featured!
Skope: What are you currently promoting the most via an album, tour, single etc?
LaZae: I’ve been working really hard to put out my debut EP. It’s all finished now and will be released on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby and all major online retailers by the end of this month so that is definitely what I am focused on promoting right now. I am so proud of it. It’s really been a great journey putting it together. I plan on putting together a tour to promote my album as well. I love performing live. Right now I am performing locally in Los Angeles, but I can’t wait to expand out. I think touring is key to expanding your fanbase and so vital for artists to really make a connection with fans, especially for independent artists.
Skope: Does the current global economic debt crisis effect your plans musically?
LaZae: Definitely, it is affecting everyone right now. Everything from finding money to put out my music to getting fans to come to performances when the cover to get in might be hard to swing are all issues I face as well as many musicians these days. Without a label, the independent artist has to sacrifice a lot and make due with very small budgets. But it’s also a very exciting time because there are so many amazing tools and opportunities for independent artists to be heard and gain exposure without huge budgets. I think the music industry is really changing and it is an open field for us as artists to make a name for ourselves.
Skope: What is your best setting to write and record music?
LaZae: I think that you can make almost any setting a great place to be creative. While it is great to get in the studio and lock yourself up to write and record, I think it’s also those spontaneous moments when you’re taking a walk or sitting out on your porch that you can really be struck with an amazing lyric or melody. I like to seize the moment’s emotions and try to steal away and write about it. So whether if something great just happened to me or if something sad just happened to me, I try to capture those feelings by writing about it as soon as I can so I don’t lose those genuine emotions.
Skope: When you listen to Top 40 radio, do you like what you hear?
LaZae: I don’t listen to the radio as much as I used to. I tune in to hear what’s going on, but generally I’m uninspired. I am happy for all the artists out there who are doing their thing and making it to the top of the charts. I just think that that there is a lot of uniformity to the current “Top 40? pop sound. It’s encouraging to see artists like Adele and now even veterans like Cake and Jill Scott reach the top of the charts because I really think they bring some raw, organic sound to the masses. I love that. They don’t sound over-produced, just genuine and full of emotion. That’s really what I aspire to do with my music.
Skope: What is coming up for you & where you at online?
LaZae: I am really focused on promoting my EP, planning a tour which will start on the west coast and spread out from there and beginning work on my full length studio album. I’m constantly writing and I have so much material that is ready to record and produce for the LP. I can’t wait! I just want to keep moving forward, putting out more music and building my fan base.
I think at this point I’ve pretty much covered all major online outlets with my presence! More and more websites for artists just keep popping up. I’m trying to keep up! You can find me and join my mailing list for free downloads and updates at my website www.LaZaeMusic.com. And here are my major social networks:
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Junior's Cave Music Interview with LaZae: Fall (August/September 2011) Edition Music Now Spotlight
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by Isaac Davis Junior, BGS, MBA Junior’s Cave Golden Isles Online Magazine knows passionate music, ...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.
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