Soulful sounds: Liz Lubega

Liz Lubega is a singer song-writer based in London. We first met at a Sofar Sounds gig back in 2016. Liz embraces RnB and Soul influences in her music, and is inspired by faith, love and relationships. Let’s meet her and have a chat shall we?

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Instagram: @LizLubega

Tell us about you, and when you first got into music …

My name is Liz Lubega and I love music. It’s such a huge part of me and doing it genuinely makes me happy. I am of East African descent, Ugandan to be exact. Although I was born here, I spent about eight years living in Uganda which really shaped me in to the woman I am today.

Music for me, has a therapeutic effect and I have always done pretty well at both that and sports. I actually have a degree in Sports Science and I am also a qualified Sports Massage Therapist.

I have always loved music, but I only started taking it seriously in my late teens, so at about 16 or 17 years of age. I was quiet a nervous and shy teen so no one knew I had a voice apart from a few friends. When a few more people had the chance to listen to me sing, they pushed me to take it further.

I started song writing seriously when I was about 16 or 17 and I later went on to feature and write on a few artist’s projects where my confidence begun to grow.  The rest is history.

When writing music where does your inspiration come from?

Quite a few places; from life experiences; to my faith, love and relationships, not just with other people but with myself. I believe self-love is hugely important.

How would you describe your sound?

A mixture of Soul and R&B. Although, I definitely have other influences that come across in my sound.

 

If I were to choose three words to describe my music, I would say; hope, empowerment and Love.

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Instagram: @LizLubega

Any mantras before you step on stage to perform?

There are a few things I do before jumping on stage to de-stress:

  • My faith is an important aspect of my life and it really helps here when my nerves are sky high as I do struggle with them from time to time. I try my best to spend some time meditating and praying before my set begins. It helps get me in the zone.
  • Those who know me know I LOVE drinking hot water with lemon in it. It’s my go to thing and I find it helps to warm my voice up as well.  I will normally try and have that before singing.
  • And last but not least; warming up my voice before I jump on stage. Really important.

Words of Self affirmation help so much. Whether that’s from friends who may be around me at the time or reminding myself of my capability and what has been placed in me.

Describe a day in the life of Liz …

I am not a huge morning person if I am honest so I admittedly switch off my alarm at least twice before actually getting up!

I like to spend some time mentally preparing myself for my day before I jump up and get ready. Just a few minutes or so to be still, pray and take everything in before the hustle and bustle of the day begins.

I normally grab some fruit before I leave the house and listen to music and respond to any emails on the commute to work.

I juggle working an office job with doing backing vocals for other mainstream artists from time to time so it all depends on what I am doing on that day. I either spend my day at the office or rehearsing and singing at shows.

After work, I will try and go to the gym as it helps me wind down.  I use the rest of my evenings to wind down with some of my favourite shows, listen to music or do some writing or reading before getting ready for bed.

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Instagram: SZA X H.E.R cover song on Soundcloud @LizLubega

Could you share with us your dreams and visions within music?

One of my dreams is being able to do music full time and have my own music management company/label of some sort. I would like to spread my wings in other areas of music like song writing for other artists and management in the future.

I envision my music taking me all over the world, experiencing different cultures and cities. I would also love to be able to use my gift to help where I can. Whether that’s creating awareness of issues I am passionate about or charity work here or abroad.

Any words of wisdom for fellow musicians or those studying the craft?

I have quite a few actually that have helped me along the way.

  •  DO NOT compare your journey to others. Comparison is the thief of joy.
  • Believe in yourself and your craft. Study the business of music just as much as you study the craft itself.
  • Network as much as you can and ask for help. No man is an island.
  •  Surround yourself with likeminded people who lift you up because I promise you, there are days when you will need it more than ever.
  • Study those that walked this path before you, learn from their mistakes and accomplishments. But do not lose sight of who you are and what makes you unique in the process of doing so.

There is only one you. You are here for a reason. No one can do what you do, how you do it and there is enough room for you and everyone else to flourish in this music thing. You ARE enough.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently planning a new project that will hopefully be released towards the end of the year.

What do you have coming up?

For now, I am taking some time to focus on writing new material but keep an eye on my socials for any shows I may have in the near future.

Where can we find you?

You can find me on my socials below:

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Spotify: Liz Lubega

Fun and random questions …

Your favourite place to holiday?

Oh my, you’ve been looking at my Instagram right? I love travelling! I think my favourite place so far has to be Trinidad & Tobago in the Caribbean. Something so calming about it. I lived my best life when I went there. You’ve reminded me, I need to book my next holiday…

A place in London you go to escape the noise?

I like to be surrounded by nature to escape the noise. I like taking long walks. I love areas like Embankment by the Thames, Southbank and my local park.

London is unpredictable weather wise so failing that, I like to sit in any obscure, quiet café or restaurant that I can find and disappear in to a book with my headphones on. Perfect.

What’s your star sign  in Astrology?

Astrology isn’t my thing nor is it something I follow. But I can tell you that my birthday is on June 22nd incase anyone may want to wish me happy birthday or send gifts my way. I’ll gladly accept them all!

 You’re off to a movie themed party tomorrow! Which character would you come as? 

Nakia from Black Panther or Okoye one of the warriors from the Dora Milaje Tribe in the same movie. I love the fact that the movie was bursting of representation for black women like me.

If you have seen the movie, you will know they are both a fierce bunch of characters who can pack a punch. My kind of women! 😉

 


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