In your new single "Castle" you express personal struggles so well and with an openness surely appreciated by your audience. What's the story behind this song?
Luiz: I always wanted to have a song about my weakness. I had this verse saying “feeling weaker with kryptonite” for years. In 2019, I wrote the first version of the lyric and Markus Urbanski helped me to finish the first part of the track, but I knew that something was missing, until early this year when I went through a hard breakup, and then everything made perfect sense. I sat down and I finished the lyrics in less than a week. I think it’s all about trying to get over someone, but not being able to do that, because you still see them in all those places. And you’re not proud of that. You want to feel great when you’re not.
When did you realize you wanted to pursue music professionally? Have you always had music in your life?
Luiz: My dad used to have a radio station in my hometown and my grandmother used to sing in the local choir. So I grew up surrounded by different music genres, and when I was 10 I decided that I wanted to be an artist, but I only started to write my own songs telling my stories when I was 12 years old.
Who are some of your biggest influences? What drew you to the Pop genre?
Luiz: I just love pop music. I think that it’s the most flexible genre to work with. You can do a lot of things and not be labeled, just getting to be inside the music. My biggest influences go from Taylor Swift to Paolo Nutini, Jack Savoretti, Bon Iver to Ed Sheeran, and back to OneRepublic.
What is your songwriting process like?
Luiz: I’m always around some notebook or even my notes app on my phone. So I’m always writing some verse. But when I sit down all alone, I get my personal notebook and always go through some pages to read and understand what I was going through and what I was feeling back then. So I can write and tell the story of that moment with an open mind and heart, with no “castles”.
Have you faced any particular challenges or been surprised by anything as you've entered the professional music world?
Luiz: All the time. These days are not easy for independent artists because the algorithm changes every single day and we have to understand how to reach more and more people with our music. That’s a true challenge. Not just being a musician, but being the best publicist for ourselves.
What's in store for you in the near future? Any particular gigs you're looking forward to or songs you're working on?
Luiz: I’m working on my first EP, which is coming out later this year, but before we have two singles for this specific project to be released and I’m so excited to share those with everyone. Right now, I have to say that the "Castle" music video is making me nervous because I want to make something very special for that song. So there’s a lot happening in the following months. Fingers crossed.
Interviewed By Hannah Conkin