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Singer Discusses ‘Unapologetic’ Voice In New Music – Hollywood Life

After lending her songwriting expertise to different huge names in music, Liza Owen has stepped out of the shadows and into the neon highlight along with her new tune, ‘Why Aren’t We Having Intercourse,’ and he or she tells HL all about it!

Inspiration can come from anyplace. It will probably come up from unrequited love for a good friend’s spouse (“Layla”), a lifetime of systemic oppression (“Combat The Energy”), or from no matter late-night horror film you occur to search out whereas flipping the channel (any Misfits songs.) For Liza Owen – a songwriting pressure whose lyrical prowess might be discovered on tracks from stars like Selena Gomez and BTS – inspiration got here from her environment…and a shot of tequila. “Why Aren’t We Having Intercourse,” her debut single on Epic Data, was impressed by, as she’s described it, probably the most “ridiculously horny” home she’s ever been in. That vibe is out in full pressure for the tune’s music video, which sees the Cambodian-British singer stay out her full red-neon mild fantasy whereas sporting a white wedding ceremony costume and knee-high boots. The entire affair – which options an inclusive solid of her pals seemingly asking-and-answering the tune’s query – begins off with Liza taking part in guitar on a entrance porch.

“That’s my home,” Liza tells HollywoodLife. “The one within the video is my home. However the one which impressed the tune. No, that’s. That was a swanky Palm Springs mansion.” Liza describes the house as a “attractive mid-century, simply lavish, trendy factor. I can’t even. It’s ridiculous. I’m gonna must ship you footage as a result of I’m nonetheless like, whoa. I imply, that I feel that’s why the music got here out the best way it did as a result of we had been identical to. ‘that is our home for the weekend. Like, let’s simply embrace this power.’”

Liza Owen has a selected query to ask you. (Adam Franzino)

“Why Aren’t We Having Intercourse,” in line with Liza, was “the primary tune we [ASL aka Age.Sex.Location, an L.A.-based songwriting collective], wrote once we arrived that evening. “I had simply completed organising the home and ready for everybody to indicate up. As we begin off all of our writing camps with ASL, we had our inaugural tequila shot. After which, yeah, we had been identical to sat on this principal room speaking about how ridiculously horny it was. We jokingly stated, ‘god, think about how many individuals had intercourse proper right here on this sofa.’ It was this enormous couch-bed-1970s factor.”

“So, we’re simply vibing within the room, simply listening to some data. After which like somebody pointed to an indication that learn ‘Why Aren’t We Having Intercourse.’ And I used to be like, ‘okay. That’s a tune.’ It was fairly instantaneous. We had been like, ‘oh my god, that’s a tremendous title. And take a look at this home. Why wouldn’t anyone be having intercourse proper now?’ It was truthfully a kind of songs that simply wrote itself was actually, actually fast to come back collectively. Yeah, you didn’t must dig too deeply different than simply embracing, you understand, the state of affairs you had been in.”

The video for “Why Aren’t We Having Intercourse” was shot through the first few months of the COVID pandemic, and a few of these giving in to their steamy wishes within the movie had been a few of Liza’s closest pals. “I needed to ask the individuals who had been going to provide probably the most,” she tells HollywoodLife with fun. Whereas she stated she didn’t have all of her pals concerned (“Not all of them are in relationships,” she stated), Liza stated she encountered an sudden downside: having too many keen volunteers. “We realized, like after the primary few individuals despatched the footage and I used to be like, ‘there’s a lot.’ I wished to ask, like 15, 20 individuals. And it was simply gonna be an enormous montage. However, I used to be like, ‘whoa, we’re not going to take pleasure in every couple or solid member’s story. I needed to type of simply be selective with that. And I wished to achieve out and embody every kind of various individuals in several conditions.”

Liza Owen, convey the ‘badass power’ to music (Adam Franzino

“The music video, you understand, the unique inspiration was about everybody’s experiences in quarantine,” says Liza, “by way of being in relationships or not being in relationships. I used to be studying loads of articles about new {couples} that had simply gotten collectively — perhaps a pair days — after which, they had been locked down collectively. After which I used to be studying articles about like, there’s going to be a child increase. However I’m additionally speaking to my pals who’re single, and so they’re like, ‘oh, my f-cking God, this sucks.’

“And so, simply the query, ‘why aren’t we having intercourse?’ took on a brand new which means,” says Liza. “I wished to cowl all of the totally different conditions there – like my good friend from London. I used to be like, ‘you understand, I need the story to be true to you and your expertise with this.’ And she or he was like, ‘you understand, truthfully? I’ve simply been self-loving this time.’ Then we got here up with the road within the bathtub by herself and, you understand, and solely different storylines type of simply coated hubbies or conditions that folks had been genuinely going by.”

“It was genuine, and I feel that was an effort to there was undoubtedly an effort to be inclusive of all conditions and sexual preferences additionally. Actually, it simply occurred very naturally. They had been identical to I stated, simply my pals that I’m shut with and who’re up for doing it.”

“Why Aren’t We Having Intercourse” marks Liza’s solo debut on a significant like Epic Data. Protection of her earlier work typically used the phrase “unapologetic” – particularly when addressing her frank, direct, and unabashed strategy to topics like love and intercourse. For Liza, the time period might be thought of a “North Star,” a guiding pressure directing her creative profession. “It’s simply vital for me [to be that way]. It doesn’t matter what the sensation on the message is, is to only say it and be daring with it. Be unapologetic.”

Clearly, if you consider the phrase ‘unapologetic.’ You consider saying one thing like scandalous. Proper? ‘Speaking about intercourse in such a daring approach,’ which, it’s not – actually. It’s me actually simply saying it. I don’t suppose it’s that daring, however I suppose to different individuals it’s, in some way in 2020.”

“I feel additionally you might be unapologetic whereas being utterly weak and telling. You already know, the reality on a very, actually unhappy story. Like, being actually trustworthy with the main points or one thing you’re pissed off about. A whole lot of my music that’s but to come back and songs that I can be releasing, each single tune is as a narrative or one thing that’s occurred to me. There are some like that fairly a reasonably autobiographical. I simply go for it after which look ahead to the awkward second when I’ve to play the tune to the individual. Nevertheless it’s about like, ‘Oh, you understand. Thanks for the inspiration.’ “

Liza tells HollywoodLife that she plans to maintain releasing music. “Now that I’ve began, I simply wish to return to again. I used to be engaged on music for like – many of the songs which might be popping out over the following 12 months had been written up to now 12 months. So, they simply really feel like a very particular second in time, with the attitude I’ve, trying again on relationships, on a special wrestle with love and profession, and shifting to Los Angeles. And, this complete, y’ know, wrestle with the music trade and stuff.”

“The power, it’s badass power,” says Liza. “Like this subsequent [song]?  I really feel cool once I take heed to this. So, I’m actually excited for that one.”

Why Aren’t We Having Intercourse” is out now.

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