An Interview With Interscope Records Newly Signed Singer-Songwriter, LIZ HUETT!
Posted On 26 Sep 2017
Singer-songwriter Liz Huett recently released her debut single, “STFU & Hold Me,” via all digital retailers http://smarturl.it/STFUHOLDME. Huett co-wrote the effervescent pop track with her producers The Futuristics (Selena Gomez, Halsey). Listen to “STFU & Hold Me” here.
“It’s about getting to that point in a relationship where you’re sick of going around and around talking about the same issue with your partner and it’s time to wave the white flag,” Huett says. “We’ve all been there. You just don’t think it’ll get solved, and it’s like, ‘Oh, just shut the fuck up and hold me.'”
Huett grew up in Riverside, California, with her ear glued to the radio, listening to everything from pop acts like Tom Petty and Pink, to ’90s country superstars. Not long after she decided to move to Nashville to pursue her music career, she was hired as a backing vocalist for Taylor Swift, with whom she toured for three and a half years. With Swift’s blessing, she decided to come off the road and throw herself into writing her own music. Huett quickly lined up a publishing deal with Warner Chappell, began writing songs, and worked on developing her eclectic pop sound. Now signed to Interscope Records, Huett delivers her songs with a genuine vulnerability that makes her work appealingly relatable. Her sly lyrics go down smooth thanks to her intimate vocals and bright melodies
“STFU & Hold Me” eSingle
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Learn more about Liz Huett in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time! So where does this interview find you today? Is there music playing in the background? If so, what is it? What’s a song you are loving these days?
I’m listening to “Get Home” by Angus & Julia Stone. My drummer just turned me on to them and I’m addicted.
Did you approach the start of this year any differently then you did last year? What have been some of the highlights for you this year?
Instead of making a list of goals for 2017, at the beginning of the year I wrote a letter to myself pretending it was December 31st, 2017 (this coming New Year’s Eve). I told myself how proud and grateful I was for the beautiful year I just had, listed the things I accomplished with my music and described how meaningful my friendships/relationships are and acknowledged the good care I took of myself. I don’t know if that sounds weird, haha… I just wanted to try forward thinking instead of task planning… it’s inspiring to write something down and believe it can and will happen. I read the letter to myself once a week or so and so far, a lot of what I wrote is happening or is in the works.
Growing up, did you always want to be a musician? Can you recall your earliest musical memory? Was there ever a time where you thought about doing something completely different?
I sang the song from the Little Mermaid in my school talent show in 1st grade and became addicted to the rush of performing music. When I was 8 though, my older brother’s girlfriend took me to a Reba McEntire concert at the Anaheim Pond and I knew in that moment watching the arena sing every word that I would never be happy unless I could make music that mattered to people someday.
I always like to know how a particular city has influenced an artist. How do you think your hometown has effected the music that you make today?
SoCal sound is in my creative DNA for sure. Other than 90’s Country and Pop Radio, I listened to a ton of Blink 182, Weezer, Third Eye Blind, Michele Branch, Switchfoot, Cake… I think those California vibes reveal themselves in certain songs of mine for sure.
Let’s talk about your recently released debut single “STFU & Hold Me.” What was the inspiration for this track? How do you think it’s a perfect song to introduce the world to you and what you are all about musically?
It’s about the frustrating feeling of wanting your man to man up. I felt it was a good glimpse into my world in that it’s quirky, a tad polarizing and pretty straight up. Like me 🙂
When do you hope to release more new music and a full-length album of songs?
Possibly another single this side of the year. A longer compilation won’t release till 2018. I CANNOT WAIT.
What was it like being a backing vocalist for Taylor Swift during her Fearless tour? What did you learn from that experience?
It was the best music industry education an aspiring artist could ask for. I really learned how important it is to mean what you’re singing. Nobody cares if YOU don’t.
Now that the summer is about over, what was something fun you did? Did you get a chance to play out live at all?
The most fun I had this summer was finding my band and starting to travel and play shows with them promoting my single as well as rehearse the rest of the material for future touring. They are each so talented and so hilarious in their own way and it’s been a blast growing closer with them.
How do you think being a musician gives you all the most joy in life today?
It’s the greatest blessing to be able to feel something, then sit down with a friend/co-writer and write a song about it. Then getting to play your songs for people at shows opens up the door to connecting with complete strangers. Connection is heaven, if you ask me.
What artists have continued to inspire you and your music? Who would you absolutely love to work with in the future?
Tom Petty and Rihanna inspire me daily. And I get so hyped listening to all bad ass females like Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow, Pink, the Dixie Chicks … Man, there are so many.
As far as collaborating, I dream of working with Brandon Flowers, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars.
What advice would you give to a young person who is considering getting into the music career path?
Passion. Persistence. Discipline. Repeat.
At the end of the day, what do you hope your fans take away from your music? What do you hope is the message of your songs?
I hope people hear my honest heart because that’s what I’ve put into this music. And I really hope people feel like if they hang out with me I would make them feel safe to be themselves, celebrated in that, maybe make them laugh, and I’d always get the first round. 🙂
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourself or your music?
I’m so grateful you’re listening to the single and can’t wait to share more music with you. And I hope to meet you on the road!