Photo Credits: Jacques Jay Loots
Summer Nights is a song full of feeling alive and dancing, how do you want
listeners to feel when listening to it?
Lisa: I wish that people feel only pure bliss when listening to Summer Nights.
You are a young, beautiful 17-year-old musician, what do you want your listeners
to take away from your songs?
Lisa: I do not wish for anything specific when people listen to my music, only that they
enjoy themselves. Music has been a comforter for me my whole life and I hope to
create songs that other people find comfort in as well.
You’ve been open about your surgery to have a cancerous tumour removed from
your thyroid, that must’ve been so scary. How did this time in your life affect your
Lisa: I did make a conscious effort not to let my negative thoughts about the surgery
affect the mood of my music too much, as I aimed for a more uplifting tone to
represent my whole experience as a teenager and not just one aspect thereof.
However, I always wanted to stay honest in my writing and channelled my feelings
about the situation to create the song “Quicksand” which describes how I felt trapped
during this time period, just waiting for the inevitable to happen.
You are from South Africa, how does the culture there influence your sound?
Lisa: My first album had more of an international pop sound however I am busy working
on an Afrikaans project influenced heavily by local artists.
Photo Credits: Jacaranda FM
Why did you name your album “the eleventh hour”?
Lisa: People often say they’ve done something on the “eleventh hour”, meaning the last
minute. I didn’t have much time before undergoing an operation that had risks of damaging my vocal cords and wanted to have done something with my music before
then just in case something went wrong. Due to the nature of the situation the entire
album was written, recorded and produced in the 6-week time period before my
surgery and the album’s name came as a result thereof. Fortunately the operation
was success and my first album won’t be my last.
You must be so excited about the future, what are your plans?
Lisa: I plan on finishing my matric year, as it is a very busy year I won’t be able to
release as much content. I am however taking a gap year before going to university
and hope to make lots of music then.
Interviewed By Sophia Henry