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Interview - Aliza Li

Aliza Li is a singer-songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia, who combines soul and R&B to create a distinctive sound, is well-known for her thrilling performances that captivate audiences in ways they can't understand and leave them in a state of ecstasy, wanting more. Her music gets more intriguing and inventive as her creative personality develops.

She returns with her brand-new single 'Cali Dreamin''. A tale about a voyage of an out-of-body experience that resulted in self-discovery. Aliza Li wanted a getaway from the stresses of everyday life, so she created this song.

We sat down with Aliza Li to discuss her music and much more. Here's what she had to say:

Hey Aliza Li, welcome to FLEX! How are you? I’m great! Thank you for the opportunity! Congratulations on your new single 'Cali Dreamin'’ - what inspired this particular track? I wrote “Cali Dreamin” when I had a lot going on in my life at the time. I felt like I was getting pulled in a lot of different directions and felt like I had no time to really just be. Basically, I was stressed out beyond belief! The song is about taking time out for yourself to enjoy the things you like to do. It may seem selfish for some people or a waste of time but it’s necessary for you to be your best self.

And do you have to be in a certain mood to write? Yes! But I will say it’s pretty easy for me to get into the mood to write. I’m inspired by music and I listen to songs every day. How was the recording and writing process? Writing songs is a stress relief for me. I heard the beat initially while I was driving around town and the melody developed from how I was feeling that day. My best songs come from me singing in my car while running errands. Once I had the basic concept, the rest was a wrap. For viewers who don’t know Aliza Li, how would you describe your sound? I would describe my sound as unique to me, soulful and melodic. To hear my music is to hear parts of me. My songs are so personal to me that when people hear it… it’s like wow ok you doing something different. And what are some of those activities that you engage yourself in when you aren't writing or recording in the studio? I love just focusing on being. Sometimes that means meditation, exercising or being outside in general. There is so much going on in the world around us on a daily basis that we are exposed to, and sometimes we forget to appreciate the world as it is. It’s really the simple things that bring me joy.


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