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We had the pleasure to speak with Filipino-American artist, Lisa Danaë about her music and new release ‘Weigh Me Down’. This new single focus’ on the insecurities that arise throughout life, especially comparing yourself to someone else’s “success”. Regardless of what career path you’ve chosen, “Weigh Me Down” is easily relatable with lyrics such as “I won’t let these thoughts own me/I won’t blame someone else/I’m the one that controls/How I’m feeling myself“. The verses hit hard with the beat and vocals and transition into this beautiful flowing beat and chorus that you can’t help but sing along too. “Weigh Me Down” is out now, make sure to give it a listen and read on to hear what Lisa has to say!
MR: What are your influences while writing? Do you tend to pull more from current or past life events?
Right now, I am pulling inspiration from current events and tend to be writing as situations evolve. I’ve normally pulled from the past, but there’s something happening in my life right now that all seems to be under one main theme that I find really interesting and want to explore. As I talk to my friends and family, I’m finding that a lot of people are going through similar situations, which makes it easier for me to write songs that you can relate to as well.
MR: Your upcoming release “Weigh Me Down” explores the struggle of comparing yourself to others life/success. How do you overcome that feeling?
I turn to my friends and family, but most of the time it’s subconsciously and I don’t realize that I am feeling some type of way until we casually talk about what is going on in my life. It is a constant battle and I go through waves, although I try my best to stay completely present and think about how far I’ve come, but sometimes it’s hard not to let your mind drift, especially with social media being a big part of my career. I think as long as that feeling isn’t living in your head 24/7 and you’re not finding it difficult to focus on your own goals while staying humble, being envious of someone is a very natural thing and tough to avoid completely. I am very grateful for my family and friends, not only their support with my dreams, but also the mental and emotional support they provide.
MR: Working in any type of entertainment is difficult, with writing about your personal experiences do you hope to inspire listeners to follow their goals regardless of the difficulties they might encounter?
100%. I think the most important thing at the end of the day is doing what makes you truly happy. As frustrating as it may be and as overbearing the rollercoaster of emotions you go through can be, especially as an independent artist, I wouldn’t want to do anything else. Every decision that you make along the way, good or bad, can teach you something that ultimately helps make you a better artist. I write from a place of vulnerability and comfort. It tends to be helpful when you know that someone else is struggling with a similar situation as you, so I always want people to know that they are never alone.
MR: Moving forward, do you have any plans on releasing an EP?
Yes, absolutely! I’m working on it as we speak. I don’t know exactly when it will be released, but the plan is to release it some time in 2021.
MR: It’s been a tough year for everyone, but what do you hope for with the future of your music?
I hope for continuous growth on all aspects of my career. I am constantly trying to push myself with every release from the writing to the vocal performance, productions to visuals, fan base and more. With everything going on in the world, I am focusing enjoying the journey life is taking me on knowing that there is a purpose for everything, so I want to continue to elevate and embrace the change as it unfolds.