Local Artist Spotlight: LOUIZA

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How did you come up with the name of the band?
I combined my middle name: Louise and first name: Rebecca

How would you describe your sound?
A fusion of modern electronic music, indie, pop an underlining hint of alternative rock. I also draw inspiration from a wide range of genres, including blues, Jazz, and R&B

When did you first become interested in playing music?
Probably around 7 or 8.

What’s the strangest or funniest thing that’s ever happened to you at a show?
Someone fainted and the family had to call an ambulance!

What are you listening to these days?
Ha! I’ve been doing a lot of dance and to practice I’ve been listening to Tokischa radio on Spotify. Other than that I’ve been digging on SUUNS. Alice Pheobe Lou, Madeline Kenney, Alvvays, Mac Demarco

What does music mean to you?
Everything. It’s my happiest place, and also the most cathartic and sad place. I feel the most when music is involved and I am moved the most by music.

How’d you guys first get together to play music?
Actually, I met some of my band recording in the studio and some through musician friends

San Francisco is full of music history. Who are some San Francisco musicians who inspired you?
Madeline Kenney, TuneYards, Rose Droll

What’s the biggest challenge in becoming a musician today?
I’d say for me it’s mental health. I’m my own boss and so I don’t know when to stop working, Sometimes there’s a lot going on or not enough and I don’t know why. It’s hard to get real feedback, sometimes opportunities feel random and sometimes I don’t even know if where I’m focusing all my energy is right for what I want. It’s a really chaotic, un-straightforward path.

What are some of your favorite Bay Area music venues?
Rickshaw Stop, Bottom of the Hill, The Lost Church

Where do you like to get creative in San Francisco?
Dance class for sure, anywhere where there’s water too inspires creativity – so like walking by the bay or the ocean.

What’s one thing that people would be surprised to find out about you?
I’m really hard on myself. It’s something I’ve struggled with all my life.

Is there anything you’d like to plug?
YES! My Upcoming single’s release party at Rickshaw Stop on June 22. And, my latest single “Burn Out” comes out May 5.

Having released albums under Digital Nations, a label founded by Steve Vai, music critic Louis Raphael has remained deeply connected to the pulse of the San Francisco music scene. Following his tenure as the San Francisco Music Examiner for Examiner.com and AXS.com, he embarked on creating Music in SF® to authentically highlight the vibrant offerings of the city's music scene.