We chatted with Eliza from Eliza & The Delusionals about their new single, album and much more. Fans of The Beths and beabadoobee would be interested in Eliza & The Delusionals.

How excited are you to be releasing new music?

I feel like in the current climate, where touring looks a little more realistic, we’re feeling really good about it. We put out a few singles throughout the peak of lockdowns and whatnot, and it just felt really strange putting something out and having so much of the attention and release plans surrounding online platforms. I really love when we get to take a song on tour before we put it out and get a vibe for it from fans and people at shows, so we definitely had to rely on our gut feelings of what singles we wanted to release first and things like that. We’ve been working on this album for over 2 years now, so we are incredibly excited for its release.

When people listen to your music, what are you hoping they get out of

It?
I just hope they can feel something. I’ve always loved when you listen to a song or an album and it just hits you so deeply – whether you connect to it lyrically or sonically. I guess for myself and Kurt, the goal as songwriters is to always write something that rings true to our feelings and that we can deeply connect with. I feel like if you’re honest with yourself in your writing, it will shine through and listeners will find their own way of connecting with it. There’s nothing like listening to something that you can relate to so hard it almost gives you butterflies. That’s something I experience listening to my favorite songs anyways.

How would you describe the sound of your music?
I guess it’s like an alternative indie pop moment? It’s always a tough question because I feel like everyone has their own understanding of what “alternative” or “indie” means. We’re really influenced by a lot of 90’s pop, rock and grunge music so I think our genre is a mix of our influences. I’ve always been a fan of genre-neutral albums and artists, so I guess we don’t really think about the genre and just roll with what’s coming out during the writing and recording process and what feels right for each song.

Who would you say are some of your musical influences?
For me personally, one of my favorite bands of all time is Coldplay. People will say what they will, but I think they’re an incredible live band and amazing songwriters. I also love bands like Garbage, No Doubt, Radiohead and Paramore. They’ve definitely been some of the most influential artists on my songwriting, music taste and live performance.

Did you always know that music was something you wanted to pursue?

I don’t remember a time in my life where I wasn’t dreaming of being a front person of a band and turning it into a career. My first concert was Coldplay at the Brisbane Entertainment Center in 2009, and that was the moment that I knew for sure I wanted to be on stages like that one day. It’s definitely been a taxing journey mentally and physically, especially over the last few years, but I still to this day could never imagine myself doing anything besides being in Eliza & the Delusionals writing songs and touring with my best friends.

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?

I would say listen to your intuition when it comes to writing songs and finding yourself as an artist. If something doesn’t feel right for you or it doesn’t feel like “your style”, it’s probably not right. No one will ever care about your music more than you do, no matter who they are, so make sure you feel good and happy about everything you’re doing. It’s definitely something I have learnt.

What is your favorite song to perform live?

At the moment we’ve added an unreleased album track called ‘Halloween’ to the set. It’s probably one of my favourite songs from the album, and it’s so much fun to play live.

Can you describe your creative process when you’re writing new music?

Usually the process starts with some chords or a melody idea that one of us would have in our head. If something sticks we flesh it out by humming and mumbling random words and the song starts to flesh out and become an actual song with structure. A lot of the time we won’t have an idea of what we’re writing about until we start feeling things and when words we’ve randomly said start to connect. It’s almost like putting a puzzle together in a way. Then we flesh the song out even more when it comes to demoing with production ideas and guitar/bass parts. 

What has been the best advice someone has given you about music?

I think that the best advice was to always follow your gut feeling when it comes to your music and art. You’re always going to be the one that cares about it the most, so you should always be feeling good about what you’re putting out. 

Which musician would you like to collaborate with in the future

There are so many, it’s a tough question. Myself and Kurt admire a lot of Jack Antanoff’s work, so he would be a dream collaboration for us.

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