Spotlight Interview With Thea Lissi
Updated: Dec 20, 2021
A fresh single from Thea Lissi is dropping in only a few days and its bringing some powerful inspiration and a great attitude to pop music.
"Good Without Ya" comes through with guts, passionate performances on all parts, and a smooth arrangement.
The single hits the ground running with an alluring vocal approach, heavy R&B backbones, and a story of leaving the past in the past and moving forward with a gusto.
The track boasts one hell of a punch and does it in a silky pop tonality that paints a picture that's incredibly relatable.
All of us have been hurt at some point. Probably more than once. This track is about not only getting on with life but really focusing on yourself. The song declares it loud and clear and it's something some of us might take a note or two from.
The song has a deep groove and Lissi oozes a ton of character from start to finish.
"Good Without Ya" shows strength and power along with a great edginess that you just want to take with you through the day.
It's obvious that the artist is paving her way in the R&B/pop world and she's doing it from an emotional platform.
Utilizing that platform and those emotions to drive her music further. And it's working like a charm.
You can hear the song comes from a real place as most of her music does.
With such a great release, we wanted to have a chat with Thea Lissi about the single and where it actually came from.
Here's what happened.
RAG: Let's start with "Good Without Ya". This track has an incredibly soulful vibe and comes through with a powerful message. Where did this song come from?
I wrote “Good Without Ya” from the perspective of the woman I am now. Having gone through the difficult soul searching it takes to be good on my own, I’ve learned to set boundaries for myself and no longer participate in relationships that disrupt my newfound peace.
RAG: I'm certainly hearing some great pop and R&B styles on this track. Who are some of your actual biggest musical influences?
My biggest musical influences are Tate Mcrae, Kehlani, Kiana Ledé, 6lack, Summer Walker, Halsey, and Khalid. I love these artists because of the depth of their songs lyrically and their ability to make the listener feel what they are feeling. Which is something I aspire to do as well.
RAG: So, how did this all start for you?
I started writing songs when I was a child. Its always been a great way of finding healing and relief from trauma for me. After becoming a young single mom at 21, then meeting who I thought was the man of my dreams at 23, getting married, and the whole shibang. I slowly lost myself and stopped doing the things I loved. Fast forward to 2020, when I got divorced and decided it was time to start finding myself again. I quickly got back to writing music and in December of 2020, I flew to Los Angeles to dance in my friend Meco’s music video. While there she linked me up with some studio time to record my first song “Ready Now”. I immediately fell in love with the process and it sparked a fire in me wanting to record more. So I went back 2 months later and recorded 3 more songs that I had written. I never really expected anything to come from my songs being released. But I knew I needed to do it for me, to find myself and healing. After releasing the song “Pain Made Me” that I wrote about my dad, I was contacted by the owner of Payn Kyller Records and have since signed with them. “Good Without Ya” is going to be my first release as a signed artist.
RAG: What's next for you as an artist? Is there anything new in the works even now?
The possibilities are endless but I have written over 20 songs in just the last 6 months and recorded demo’s for them all at my in-home studio in Louisiana. So definitely a lot of new music coming in the near future! I also have a few songs that are finished and ready to go that we recorded in the summer. Hopefully, we’ll have some good news about releasing those soon as well!
RAG: Who are you listening to right now?
Who am I NOT listening to would probably be an easier question to answer. LOL. As a dance studio owner & choreographer, I choreograph at least 20-30 dances a week and I’m always finding new music for this reason. Artists range from BLXST, The Kid Laroi, and Chris Brown when I am choreographing a Hip-Hop dance, to Zoe Wees and Tate McRae for Contemporary dances, and Bebe Rexha, Halsey, and Zara Larsson for Jazz routines. Basically, any music that makes me feel and want to dance.
RAG: I understand you run a dance studio! Can we expect any music videos coming from you next year?
Most definitely!! Dance is in my soul and I’m super excited to pair that passion with the music I make via music videos and/or performances.
RAG: Singing sounds so natural for you. Did you grow up in a musical household?
Well, thank you so much for the compliment! I am one of 11 kids and a good majority of my siblings are gifted in singing and/or other musical instruments. Despite not being able to take any lessons because of finances, we have all been able to find ways to either teach ourselves or find videos to learn from. Growing up my dad would always make me and my 6 sisters sing together when we’d get together for the Holidays with family. He was so proud of us singing together and is probably a big part of why I am more comfortable with singing now, even though I have zero training.
RAG: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music?
I am a bit of a workaholic, so outside of music, and owning/running a business, I try to spend as much time as possible with my 9-year-old Suri. When I do make free time, I love painting, building things, boxing, mud riding, and spending time with friends.
RAG: You have a great following on Spotify already! What kind of advice would you have for other up-and-coming artists out there?
I would say to do your research, stay true to who you are, and keep grinding! I think a lot of the success I’ve had in music is because I tend to thrive in adversity and I expect to always have to work hard to get what I want. Big thanks to my childhood for that one. I think too many people want success to come easily. Not realizing that there is so much to learn in the struggle on your way to the “top”. If you pass up these lessons, you will likely have great difficulty when you get to the “top” and end up compromising who you are to maintain it.
RAG: Do you write your own stuff? Do you collaborate with producers for the music?
Yes, I write all of my own music. Which makes it very personal for me. I do collaborate with producers for the beats to each song.
RAG: It seems like you use your music to express emotion and get it off your chest. Is that true? For many artists it’s almost therapeutic.
Yes! Writing music is the best therapy! To me, going through tough times becomes worth it if I can at least create something out of it and learn from it.
RAG: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! Each person’s support means the world to me and without them, I wouldn’t be able to continue pursuing music as a part of my career!