Today we’d like to introduce you to Lo Artiz.
Lo, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
As far as I can remember music felt like something that was innately a part of me. I remember hearing Aretha Franklin from the first CD I ever bought and was completely enamored by the power of her voice. She and Etta James became my earliest and greatest influences. I found myself naturally expressing my emotions through writing music when I was seven, and I’ve never stopped since.
Has it been a smooth road?
Being that I am an independent female artist, I have definitely experienced many obstacles and challenges along the way. I am my own manager, booking agent, promoter, bandleader, web designer, songwriter, & graphics designer. Not having the proper connections or financial means to launch my career has forced me to ‘wear many hats’ and not only expand my knowledge as an artist and musician but as a businesswoman. It can be extremely overwhelming being so hands-on with my work, but the reward proceeds any blood, sweat, & tears I’ve experienced throughout my career so far.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Lo Artiz – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
My music seeks to disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. The music I write is from a very vulnerable place, and I touch upon things that not many are comfortable with expressing. Whether it be about mental health or about female empowerment and liberation of the self, I try to hold space for those who can’t find the words to express similar thoughts/feelings. What sets me apart from others is that I do not confine myself to the lines that society has drawn for me as a woman in the music industry. I express myself freely and openly. I take full ownership of my spirit, a rebellious act among my generation. I speak my mind and stand up for the broken, the healing, and the empowered.
Is there anyone, in particular, you would like to recognize? Mentors, etc?
One of the main reasons I’m able to get on stage and do what I do is because of my middle school music teacher Mr. Michael Rowe. When I was younger, I had severe stage fright and I was very soft-spoken and reserved. Mr. Rowe saw something in me, and I knew he did, and he was the first person to make me believe in myself as a vocalist. He pushed me outside of my comfort zones and gave me solos and the more and more I performed, the more free I became on stage.
I also have to give credit to my family. I know many people that stopped themselves from pursuing what they love because their families didn’t approve. I think my family knew right off the bat that there was no other choice for me – no other way. I’m forever grateful for that.
- Website: http://www.loartiz.com/
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/loartiz/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LoArtizMusic
Photography by Jenir Galvez