RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW NEWCASTLES LIZZIE ESAU
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
I’ve just always done it from such a young age, it was everywhere in my childhood and came so naturally into my life, I’ve just never really thought of anything else!
Introduce us to you and your musical history.
I’m Lizzie Esau, I write the songs and make up demos and sing and play guitar in the band! The band consists of Alex Baker (drums), Joe Bennison (bass), and Shaun Chipp (guitar).
As I’ve mentioned I feel like music has been around my whole life, I started writing songs as young as 5 (just little tuneful rhymes) and did a few solo shows before forming the current lineup we have. I first met Alex through mutual music friends online in my teens and everything fell into place from there, Joe and Chippy were old college friends of his and they all studied music up to a degree level (much higher than me haha!)
What was life like for you before music?
I honestly don’t remember! It’s such a huge part of how I was raised that I honestly can’t imagine a life without it!
What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?
It was all around me from so little, I was absorbing whatever my parents were listening to I think which was so varied! Going from Red Hot Chilli Peppers to Carol King, Joni Mitchell, and many more!
Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?
I think we sit in the alternative, pop-rock world right now but also love blurring the lines of what genre we sit in!
What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry?
Worry about what you can control.
Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.
I have an architecture degree. I played rugby at Twickenham Stadium. My favourite food is biscuits.
If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?
I just hope we can keep doing what we’re doing and stay creatively inspired!
Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….
It’s scary but no one’s perfect it’s completely unachievable to think everyone will agree with you all the time. But accepting when you’re wrong and apologising is always important also.
Do you sign up for any conspiracy theories? If not why not?
Ahh, I can’t think of any right now. I feel like I need a good amount of evidence to believe anything though haha!
What was the worst experience on stage?
Falling off stage recently at Kendal Calling and got my skirt caught so I just had to lie there and wait to be saved. Not a high point haha!
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.
I actually did play rugby at Twickenham Stadium (with my primary school haha) and I’d take crisps over biscuits any day.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
We wear really really tall shoes. Also, we enjoy being very loud and energetic as well as writing very honest songs about our cynical view of the world!
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.
Yes! Our debut EP ‘Deepest Blue’ just came out! It has 5 tracks on it, Lazy Brain, Roadkill, Jellyfish, Killer, and Bleak Sublime. The lead single ‘Lazy Brain’ talks about feelings of being at war with your own mind, caught in a constant battle of feeling you’re not keeping up with the world around you.
All of the songs have very strong personal messages behind them, each one tackling a new issue. However, Lazy Brain feels the most relatable right now, and its chaotic energy makes it increasingly enjoyable to play live as more people get to know it!
What was the recording process like?
It’s always so much fun! These songs were recorded in a few batches over the last year, some in Nottingham and some in London. Being in the studio working on these tracks was so enjoyable and bringing them to life from the demos and working alongside incredible producers/ mixers and engineers has been a complete pleasure! Can’t wait to get back in there after festival season!
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
Everything is always changing and there’s always going to be things that don’t plan out as you expected, although this can sometimes be a great thing! I think you have to learn to put your trust in those around you and let ideas flourish collaboratively in the studio, it’s such a beautiful part of the creative process.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
I think everything happened as it was meant to and I’m proud that this body of work is not out in the world!
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Yes! Our November headline tour! We really hope to see as many of you there as possible, come along and have a dance with us ☺