Music, // December 6, 2014
Liz Stringer – MUSICIAN
Interview with musician – Liz Stringer
1. Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Liz Stringer. I’m a songwriter and musician.
2. Why music?
I’ve been surrounded by and played music all my life. It’s naturally developed into a career for me.
3. What is your earliest memory of wanting to be involved in music?
My family are all great musicians so it wasn’t a moment, just a feeling since as long as I can remember that music would be a central part of my life.
4. What are your favorite subject(s) and style(s)?
People are my favourite subject. Endless inspiration! I love folk and rock ‘n’ roll the most I reckon.
5. How do you work and approach a new piece that you are working on?
I usually write songs by mucking around on guitar. The lyrics kind of fall into line with the music slowly. Some songs are quicker to write than others. I’m not very disciplined with the harder ones. But I try to keep working on songs until they are where they need to be.
7. What are the best responses you have had to your work?
The ones where punters talk to me about what a particular song means to them. Sometimes it’s not always clear what a song is about, even for me, the person that wrote it, so it’s always a fantastic feeling to know that the songs are being interpreted and understood by people based on their own experiences and state of mind at the time they listen to them. And then for them to feel strongly enough to want to talk to me about it is a surreal but wonderful feeling.
8. What do you like about your work?
I like that I get to choose who I work with and when and where I work. And that my artistic expression is the centre of my life. There are difficult things about being a musician, as there are difficult aspects of every career, but I couldn’t give it up now, I’m addicted to it.
9. What advice would you give to other musicians?
I’m not sure I’m in the position to give anyone else advice. I suppose I’d tell the younger and less experienced ones to be careful about who they work with. It’s so important to surround yourself with people who understand and support your art, and not try to mould you to suit their own agendas. There are really great people out there, it’s just a matter of finding them and staying absolutely true to yourself.
10. Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
Hopefully having extended my touring circuits to wider international areas.