With a surge of new music on the way this February, next on our radar is Lizzie Pawsey – a 17 year old singer/songwriter from Weymouth, whose been visiting our brand new studio in Weymouth between lockdowns, writing and recording her debut EP called Reality, which was released on the 15 February 2021 through Jurassic Coast Records. In recent months, she's also been filming covers of her favourite songs, such as Perfect by Ed Sheeran, and a unique dubstep take on Dua Lipa’s hit song New Rules.
We sent our apprentice Max to have a chat with Lizzie about her EP, and the future of her music.
Max: Hey Lizzie, hope you are keeping well in Lockdown 3 how have you been keeping?
Lizzie: I’ve been keeping fine thanks, hope you have been too.
Max: Lets start from the beginning – you are 17 now, when did you start singing and writing music?
Lizzie: I always been interested in music having done dancing at the Weymouth Pavilion and discovered a passion for music at that stage. At 12 years old I started to learn to sing, initially with a classical teacher and learned to sing in other languages such as Italian and passed a number of singing exams. At 15 I realised I wanted to sing more contemporary/pop music, having found an interest in a number of singers such as Demi Lovato and Arianna Grande to name but a few. I started doing open mic nights which is where I met Frazer and that led to a recording of a cover of Legends Never Dies by League of Legends. Following that I started to write my own songs and with Frazer we started to put this with music which ultimately led to my EP.
Max: So you have been writing and recording music at Jurassic Coast Studios, how has that been? What’s the writing process been?
Lizzie: So the writing and recording at Jurassic Coast Studios has been fine. Me and Frazer and my mum have been bubbling ideas around along with Paul Harmer allowing our combined creative writing abilities to come to life. Some times I will come up with random words or Frazer will play a random tune that I then come up with a melody and then it all flows from there.
Max: So you must be very excited about releasing your debut EP “Reality”. Is there a theme with the songs you have written about?
Lizzie: Unforgettable was the first song I wrote, which I wrote to celebrate my friendship, then I wrote Running which was about my Grandmother and her dementia and how we were losing her but she had her own reality. This lead to Anymore which came about to reflect the changes in my life at that stage of going off to college and being able to “be what I want to be” aimed to inspire people that they can be themselves and not to be shaped by others. Finally I wrote Reality which occurred pretty much through the Lockdowns and as such reflected what was going on around us.
Max: You have also been one of the first acts to use the new recording facilities we have in Weymouth, how have you found the experience working with the guys at the Jurassic Coast Studios?
Lizzie: I consider Frazer as a friend as he is so supportive and kind. Being a talented musician its great to work with him to bring my ideas to life. Frazer and the guys have been really helpful in the making of this EP and I am truly grateful.
Max: Your lead single “Anymore” has a really cool video, where was it filmed and how did it all come about?
Lizzie: My mum knew the guys at Cloudhill Production and approached them to see if they would be willing to do a music video for me. With Frazer’s contacts with Actors and having seen the amazing wall art it was clear early on that this would be an amazing place to do the video and its great that we were able to put this together to celebrate the EP.
Max: You did a fair amount of live performances before lockdown but obviously live music had to stop for 11 months. Do you have plans to get out there and perform?
Lizzie: Obviously I would like to be able to get out there and sing live in the future but as we all know with Covid at this time that is uncertain. I hope to be able to produce new music and certainly once day hope to be at Glastonbury. At the moment I have live shows for Open Mic UK talent competition coming up in March so that’s exciting and subject to Covid will be the first opportunity I will have to sing live since before the first Lockdown.
Max: Finally from me, is there a second EP on the way, or any new music? Or are you taking stock now, and moving on when the time is right?
Lizzie: I am planning to record several singles next before planning another EP but certainly I would hope there will be one in the next 12 months - Covid depending!.
Max: Thanks a lot for chatting with me Lizzie and I wish you success with your EP.
Lizzie: Thanks very much, it's been great chatting to you too.
You can stream Lizzie's EP Reality here and be sure to follow her Facebook, and YouTube.
Frazer Mitchell - Producer, DJ, and Events Coordinator at Antix Music Network