THE awesome Lisabel...
has been telling me about her latest single, Green Jade, and how its story came to mind. Its incredible video is out and I was eager to know whether we might see more material next year; the albums and artists who are important and influential to her – she recommends a rising name to look out for.
I ask Lisabel if she has any time outside of music and what her favourite music memory is; what 2019 holds and which musicians she’d support if she had the tour – she ends the interview by naming a song I was a stranger to.
Hi, Lisabel. How are you? How has your week been?
Hi Sam. I’m great, thanks. My week has been very nice as well. I’ve spent some time with family. Hope you’re good too!
For those new to your music; can you introduce yourself, please?
I’m a contemporary Soul and Jazz songwriter based in London. I’ve been writing original material for the past few years and I’m finally starting to release singles which will be followed by an album, coming out next year.
I tend to write music that’s influenced by many artists and genres; each song has somehow a unique sound and vibe so the album will have a broad variety of music styles and instrumentation.
Green Jade is your new single. What is the story behind it?
I wrote Green Jade a few years ago after I was inspired by a green Jade pendant I received as a gift from Namibia. I started reading about crystals and the beneficial powers they have and I had the idea to write the song.
I understand an album is coming next year. What can you reveal about its themes and stories?
The album is very much centred around my life and personal experiences. I usually write capturing feelings and emotions, often coming from nature and the way it stimulates my imagination.
Did you grow up in a musical household? When did music come into your life?
I would say I did. I was surrounded by music as a child and I always felt a connection to it. I’ve enrolled in dance classes when I was eight-years-old and continued for four years before quitting. I loved dancing more for the music than the ‘move your body’ side of it, which is funny! I always sung but never took it seriously before the age of fourteen - that’s when I started studying music and I’ve continued ever since.
What do you hope to achieve by the end of 2018?
I hope that Green Jade will have touched a few people and that some of those people will be interested in keeping an ear out for more music. I’m still working on a lot of album-related things so I really want to enjoy the journey of creating as much as I can.
Do you already have plans for 2019?
Next year will be an exciting one. More music will be coming out and I’ll start gigging too. Let’s see what it will bring!
Have you got a favourite memory from your time in music so far – the one that sticks in the mind?
I love writing music. My strongest memories are related to that. Recording some songs of the album at Konk Studios with the band was thrilling too and shooting the video for Green Jade is a memory I will cherish forever!
Which three albums mean the most to you would you say (and why)?
I go through many phases and I don’t have any all-time favourites but I can tell you the albums that mean the most to me in this very moment...
Needle Paw - Nai Palm. For its storytelling that cleanses the aura; Regina - Becca Stevens. It transports me into an ancient and wise world; Wallflower - Jordan Rakei. I love the cleverness in the writing.
As Christmas is coming up; if you had to ask for one present what would it be?
I can’t think of anything material I’d ask as it would probably be easily replaced by the ‘next thing’ anyway. I’d probably ask to strengthen the bond of some of my friendships!
If you could support any musician alive today, and choose your own rider, what would that entail?
Nai Palm and Becca Stevens. I’d love to support musicians like them, it would be an honour. I’d like to have one-hundred stems of a type of flower called ‘eryngium bourgatii’, directly from Morocco. Haha. Just joking! I’d be easy. I’ll bring my green Jade stone and all will be as it’s meant to be (smiles).
What advice would you give to new artists coming through?
It’s difficult because there are many things I’d say; most of them I tell myself every day. Be patient and get the knowledge to be self-reliant when it comes to business matters. It’s easy to get lazy and it’s easy to get deceived so it’s best to have a plan and a clear idea about how to share your music with the world.
Do you have tour dates coming up? Where can we catch you play?
Not at the moment; next year for sure! I’ll keep people updated through social media!
IN THIS PHOTO: Gabriel Garzón-Montano
Are there any new artists you recommend we check out?
He’s not new in the scene but I was recently introduced to a songwriter whose name is Gabriel Garzón-Montano. He makes very interesting music. If you like Alternative-R&B and Soul then you may find something in his music!
Do you get much time to chill away from music? How do you unwind?
Yes, I do. I would have nothing to write about otherwise (smiles). I like to arrange flowers. I studied floristry for a year or so. Flowers and nature never fail to uplift me.
Finally, and for being a good sport; you can choose a song and I’ll play it here (not any of your music - I will do that).
Could you play Homebody by Nai Palm? Thanks for the interview...until next time (smiles).