By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Singer-songwriter Lia D’sau, 19, has made quite the impression on her listeners as they await the release of her debut EP, which was produced by Midi Jones (Demi Lovato, Audrey Mika, Alessia Cara).
Through breakthrough singles like “Metaphors For Being Alone,” “Bird” and “Manboy,” she has shown that she’s not scared to tackle mature topics like womanhood, relationships and social issues, all while fusing together her passion for indie/R&B.
Her father being a former boy band member himself, D’sau felt most comfortable when she listened to her parents’ favorite R&B records while being raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. She started to sing at age eight and attended music camp in New York City at age 15.
The Music Bugle had the chance to talk with D’sau about her debut EP and more.
Music Bugle – What was your goal for your debut single “Manboy”?
Lia D’sau – My goal was to put it out and see from there. I think I need to start from something. I loved the whole experience of making the song, but now that it’s out, I don’t have a specific goal for it.
Music Bugle – What has been your biggest challenge lately?
Lia D’sau – Managing the release of the song mentally. All I’ve ever wanted to do since I was 8-years-old was make and put out music and now that it’s actually happening, it’s a bit overwhelming.
Music Bugle – What was it like making the music video for “Manboy”?
Lia D’sau – Surreal. There were so many people working on it and watching my vision come to life was crazy and amazing. I got all my friends to play in it and we had a great time.
Music Bugle – Which of your songs were the hardest to write?
Lia D’sau – “Bird.” I’ve written all my songs in about 10 minutes and this one took a while to get right. I couldn’t figure out a way to express what I was feeling in a way that I liked.
Music Bugle – What do you enjoy the most about being a singer-songwriter?
Lia D’sau – It’s my art and as an artist, my art is my way of self reflecting and understanding. I am so grateful to have this type of therapy.
Music Bugle – Do you feel your young age gives you any sort of advantage in today’s music industry?
Lia D’sau – I think so. I don’t know if it’s the age or lack of knowledge, but I feel that because I have no clue what I’m doing, then my music and all I do is special to me. I don’t try to fit things into a mold or a way.
Music Bugle – How would you describe Tel Aviv, Israel to someone who has never been there before?
Lia D’sau – Berlin with a beach. It’s my favorite place in the world. I love that people here are all up in your business, but accepting you for who you are. Anyone can be anything.
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
Lia D’sau – Joy Crookes recently put out a great song, so i’ve been listening to her. Also, I’d been re-listening to Mac Miller’s last album and Kool And The Gang.
Music Bugle – What was it like putting together your debut EP?
Lia D’sau – Unique. We did everything on Zoom, which is definitely not how I thought my first steps in the music world would go, but I am super grateful at the end, because being able to make all this music in my room and city being surrounded by friends and family and people who i love made my music authentic and true and I don’t know if this would have happened if I left here and made the EP in a studio in LA.