Lyzzie is a dark indie pop musician from Toronto, Canada. Lyzzie draws inspiration from other powerful female artists like The CHVRCHES and Billie Eilish, to whom she adds her own distinct lyrical substance and melodies.
Even at an early age, Lyzzie was already entertaining her family and friends with her own songs and gymnastics routines.
She trained as a gymnast at the national level, putting in 40-hour weeks, but yet found time to sing whenever she could.
She was 11 when she suffered a career-ending neck injury during a gymnastics competition. The wound she received did, however, have one bright side.
With so much spare time on her hands, she was able to pursue her interest in music and look for venues where she might perform.
From that moment on, she had no doubt that she belonged on stage. She also discovered that music was a wonderful means of conveying her innermost thoughts and feelings to the world.
She had a lot of mental health issues as she got older. Lyzzie found solace in her music as an outlet for her emotional distress.
You will find below an interview that we just had the chance to do with her and which you can check out.
She just just released a song named IJWYD, which came in direct succession from her debut in 2022. The music has really lovely vocals along with a well-crafted rhythm that consolidates with an extremely inventive production. enjoys music despite her shortcomings as a writer.
1- Where did you come from, where are you based now, and why?
I’m from Pickering, Ontario and I’ve lived here my entire life. I like being so close to Toronto without actually living downtown. This way I can visit the fast-paced city of Toronto but then come home to a quieter less hectic town. Eventually, I want to move to a big city but for now, I enjoy the drive!
2- How did you develop your musical style?
My musical style is all very experimental. I of course have favourite genres, but I also just love music in general. My lyrical content I feel will always have a dark spin on it as a lot of it revolves around my mental health. I eventually want to experiment with a bunch of musical styles but for now, I really like the alternative/dark indie pop scene.
3- How did you discover your love for music?
Ever since I was a kid, I loved singing and I would write my own songs. I was a national gymnast from a young age, and I ended up having a career ending injury – in few words, I broke my neck. The injury was very much a silver lining though. I couldn’t do anything but sit for 4 months and music really got me through it. Gymnastics was my entire life, but through all of it, I realized I loved and wanted music way more.
4- How did you develop your musical skills?
Singing and writing came to me naturally. My family isn’t very musical besides my one uncle who inspired me at a young age. When I started to take music more seriously, I began taking vocal lessons to further my potential. Now, I am pushing myself even harder vocally while also developing as a musician by learning to play the keys.
5- How did you become a recording artist?
It’s been a dream of mine to become a recording artist since I was a kid. I had a lot of teachers and influential people in my life try to steer me away from music as “it isn’t a legit career”. I unfortunately listened to them for a long time until one day I decided to start putting my own goals and needs first. I put myself out there, got in contact with the right people, and now, I couldn’t be happier recording music!
6- What is the message behind IJWYD?
IJWYD tells a very real story of an older man falling in love with me as a young teenager. As a teen I was heartbroken from betrayal and mistrust but as an adult processing what happened – I realize just how inappropriate and disgusting the whole situation was. If he ever decides to listen, it’s an opportunity for him to hear my words and understand that what he did was 100% not okay whatsoever. This song is not only for me, but it’s also for any teenager who may be going through a similar experience.
7- What motivates you to make music?
My own mental health and well-being is what primarily motivates my love to create music. Music in general is very healing and powerful in both listening and writing as well. I write based off my traumas and life experiences and it almost acts as a form of therapy for me.
8- What drives you to make music?
I’ve always wanted to help and connect with as many people as I can through shared thoughts and emotions. When you’re going through something it can feel like no one else but you, are experiencing it. My main goal is to help at least one person feel not as alone when listening to my lyrics.
9- What is next for Lyzzie?
I’ve got a few exciting things coming up. I’m currently back in the studio writing a fresh new EP with my two producers. My band and I are starting to rehearse for live shows which I am so excited about!!! Then my next release coming up in December will be a completely different vibe, from alternative pop to ultra-jazzy. I absolutely LOVE Christmas music, so I had to do a Christmas song. I’m going with one of my favourites – Santa Baby!