Laura Brizuela, a German singer-songwriter, is well-known across Europe. Because of her upbringing, it’s uncommon for her to have the courage to follow her heart and devote her life to a cause she believes in.
Generally speaking, people prefer to “stay safe” than take risks. She receives a lot of criticism for her musical taste, but she doesn’t let it go to her head. She’s taken on the naysayers and turned them into a tool to help elevate, grow, and make herself sound better than anybody else in the industry.
She published a slew of tracks last year in an effort to hone her voice and approach, and then, in October, she released an EP.
We wanted to get to know her better since she’s back and better than ever, so we sat down with her to talk about her music career and premiere her new song, “Visions”
What is your real and official showbiz name?
My real name is Laura Katrin Diaz-Brizuela and my artist name is Laura Brizuela
How long have you been making music and what attracted you to it?
I started writing songs at the age of 16 and made my first recordings when I was 18. Those were features I did for my brother who was producing EDM music at that time. I grew up loving music and taking part in every opportunity to sing.
My first stage moments were when I was in elementary school, singing and acting in musicals. I played piano and guitar as a teenager but I always felt that singing was my true instrument.
After writing a few toplines for EDM music I soon started growing the wish to write down my own story and thoughts and turn it into music, leading me to drop everything else I was doing and go all-in with my own music in 2019.
What were your first project and the people you worked with and which year?
My first song as a solo artist was “Shivers“, a glittery, bass-driven pop song I released in April 2020. The song is produced mixed and mastered by Matheo Diaz, who is producing all of my music including this new release.
Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?
I think my biggest motivation is the urge I feel deep down. Writing songs and singing them and being able to share them with the world just drives me as nothing else does. I’m fully me whenever it’s about music.
And that’s also what inspires me the most. My new song’s first line says it the best: „yeah I like to fly, cause I like that feeling…“ The feeling of freedom and true expression and not being held back by anyone or anything.
What are your friend’s and parents’ thoughts on your career in singing?
I’m soo beyond grateful to be able to say now that most of them are supporting and loving my stuff. It hasn’t always been like that and we all came a long way up to this point. I don’t come from a background where people just drop everything to pursue a career in anything art-related.
The culture I was raised in is safety bound and always promotes the 9 to 5 lifestyle and having kids, cars and a house. And that’s cool but it has never been me and I always struggled seeing myself in that type of society.
So the last few years I often felt like I had to convince the people around me and prove that I can do what no one does, which was extremely exhausting but it led me to the point where I finally realized that the ones who love me and care will support, even if they don’t necessarily understand it all.
What are some of the challenges you face in your career path?
I just mentioned the culture I grew up in and its effects on my first steps as an artist. I was so very often confronted with unwanted opinions on my music and people telling me what they think I should do.
Sometimes in terms of genres and style, sometimes in life in general, like instead of music. I still find myself not understood a lot of times and with all, I said in the question above, the independent factor itself definitely had its ups and downs on me.
From finances to networking to getting my music out there and heard. I’m so blessed to have Matheo as my partner both in music and in life, since being together on this journey is extremely strengthening.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
I think it’s quite obvious that social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram have changed the industry incredibly much.
They’ve basically remodelled everything. Which has its pros and cons. Everybody has the chance of a stage online to present their work and themselves as artists and personalities but it also made the market insanely vast.
It’s very hard to pierce through, and what I think is unfortunate, is the fact that through ads and paid and pushed algorithms, as well as bot followers and fans, it’s very hard to tell what’s real and organic and what’s not.
It’s very hard to grow naturally and reach people like back in the days when discovery on social media didn’t mean just looking at what the algorithm is promoting.
Do you have any advice for aspiring songwriters?
Have a very diverse musical diet and don’t just listen to the two or three artists you really like. I’d say that was my personal game-changer.
Especially when writing by yourself most of the time. Art inspires art, so get inspired by different genres, different lyrics and stories and different styles and techniques like melodies and flows, that’s gonna make your songs very interesting and unique.
What is your current project about?
“Visions” is about being determined to go all-in for that one thing you want to achieve in life. Like a skydive, it is inspired by the moment where you just jump off that edge of the plane, into the life you really want to live. No matter who or what tried to hold you back, you decide to choose your own freedom, your dream, your vision.
What does this song mean to you?
“Visions” is the first song I’m releasing after 8 months of being locked in the studio and creating new music. After focussing on finding my style last year and being so negatively impacted by my environment a lot of times I just needed to take a step back and focus on myself only.
I wanted to just create without releasing it too early in the process. I found myself writing about everyday challenges, in my current life as well as my past, about my true feelings and thoughts.
The whole thing became more honest and vulnerable. I stopped trying to create something people would like, instated I started talking for real. And with „Visions“ as my reintroduction, I feel like I’m coming back with a statement, that I’m here to stay and that I won’t let myself be held back anymore.
But also that I’m willing to take a risk in life. “Visions” is special to me because I’m showing a new side of who I am for the first time.
What are your hobbies?
I love to work out, make healthy food and try out new recipes. I make my own acrylic nails which is definitely an obsession and I’m addicted to watching anime.
A few months ago I started learning Japanese, which I enjoy doing in my free time and I love to spend time with family and friends. And, almost forgot, that I’m also a fashion addict, which means I love to change and grow my style constantly.
What do you do aside from this profession?
I have a Lil side job where I work 20 hours a week.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
Be true to and believe in yourself. Life is too short to worry about what other people think, trust me. And no matter what you’re going through, know that you’re never alone.