Sessions 58 presents North-London based artist Liska.
Liska is a Irish/Swedish singer songwriter originating from Cork. Gaining influence from artists including Kate Bush, Amy Winehouse and Lykke Li, Liska has found her flair in the darker tones of eclectic pop. While working on her own material for release in the coming year Liska is playing intimate gigs with Sofar Sounds in and around London.
We caught up for a chat and got to know her a little bit more:
LookingGlass: Hi Liska, thank you for catching up with us. Can you introduce yourself and your music?
Liska: Hi guys, I’m Liska. I’m originally from Ireland but right now I'm living here in north London. I came here originally to study Musical Theatre and then ventured out into song-writing. My music is based around my poems and essays, you’ll hear that most of them are telling a story, based on my own personal experiences.
LG: Describe your sound in 3 words:
L: I write in a wide variety of styles, so I’m trying to hone in on a sound that combines them all but on a general level I would say: Smooth, Cinematic, Contemporary pop
LG: How much influence do your Irish roots have on your song-writing?
L: Going to school in Ireland gave me exposure to many of the great poets and storytellers. I had a fantastic English teacher who always encouraged me in my creative writing and a music teacher who instilled in me my love for singing and songwriting. I come from a musical family so it was inevitable for me that I’d end up pursuing it.
LG: What’s the most meaningful place you’ve performed so far? And why?
L: ChaChaCha Vintage in Muswell Hill. I moved into the area last summer and stumbled across this sweet vintage shop on one of the side alleys and instantly fell in love with the owners, demanding I become part of their lives. They are two extremely talented ladies and have been such a great support to me, so performing there will always be special.
LG: If you could take any artist, alive or dead, on a drink night, who would you pick?
L: Stevie Nicks, Prince, Cyndi Lauper, Amy Winehouse, Billie Holiday…is that too many, because I have loads more.
LG: If your sound was a flavour, what would that be?
L: Thats a hard one. Blue Raspberry