The Eyeconomist has a heart to heart with Liza Owen – whose powerfully honest songs about love and romance will resonate with everyone.

“I met somebody new. It was everything I sort of needed at that time to be getting over the ex. But he called me “baby” and I wasn’t ready for that. I was just rolling with it and then I had to stop to think ‘this is what this is to you?’ It hit me out of nowhere”

They say that breaking up with someone is never easy. But for singer-songwriter Liza Owen, it proved to be the inspiration she needed to make the best music of her career.

“I had a break up and came straight to Los Angeles,” the British-Cambodian singer told the Eyeconomist as she prepares to release a raft of brand new tracks.

“I was lost in a big city, I didn’t know anybody. But I was finding myself,” she explains.

“One door closes and another one opens. You have to let go of a lot of
things to be able to welcome new opportunities in your life,” she said.

Letting go of her last relationship has led to her crafting a near  autobiographical EP that reads like a mini concept album. Her new tracks chart her journey from sudden single life to a new relationship – with a slightly awkward flirtation in between that moved far faster than Liza was ready for.

“I met somebody new. It was everything I sort of needed at that time to be getting over the ex. But he called me “baby” and I wasn’t ready for that. I was just rolling with it and then I had to stop to think ‘this is what this is to you?’ It hit me out of nowhere,” the 25-year-old said.

The slightly awkward encounter lead to the creation of recent single,
Don’t Call Me Baby. And while this early relationship misunderstanding could have derailed the romance, Liza says things have only gone from strength to strength – and that her guy has been cool with being incorporated into her music.

“I had to give him the warning before the song came out. He found it funny, so it’s not a problem. I think if we hated each other it might not have gone down too well,” she laughs.

In the six months of making her EP, Liza’s love life has subconsciously made it’s  way to the forefront of her music making -with the new romance becoming the  focus of a song called Somebody New- but says others might recognise  themselves among her lyrics.

“All my songs are very personal. People in my life will know it’s written for them – so I can’t really avoid these conversations and be like ‘It’s not about you! It’s fine.’ Everyone I know should be bracing themselves!” she laughed.

By making her life the source of her music, Liza hopes to connect with
her audience while also staying true to herself.

“I think my music will specifically speak to a lot of girls who are going through the same shit,” she said. “And maybe make them feel like they’re not alone. That you’re not crazy and not the only one,” she continues, then adding after a brief pause: “Or you are crazy – but not the only one!”

With the EP coming soon, Liza says she now can’t wait to get out there
and perform her tracks to her growing fanbase.

“I’ve just come off tour with Jonas Blue so it feels like a really good time to do my own show. I’ll be debuting a lot of new songs. I’m so excited!”

Catch Liza Owen at The Waiting Room, London, on 21 September 2017.

Follow Liza on Instagram and listen at her Soundcloud below.

Interview by Seamus Duff