Liz | The Tablets

Liz is one part of the two steady member band, The Tablets. The music she composes is much like herself– it brings you closer while simultaneously remaining mysterious...

 

You are a very stylized person. How does this come into play with The Tablets

 

IN THE CASE OF THE TABLETS, I’M DEFINITELY NOT HAVING A NORMAL AND CASUAL CONVERSATION WHEN I SING OR PLAY, AND I LOVE THAT OPPORTUNITY TO EMBELLISH. I CAN ALSO BECOME A BIT MORE STYLIZED FOR MUSIC VIDEOS OR SOME PHOTO SHOOTS. TO ME IT MAKES SENSE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THOSE FEW OPPORTUNITIES YOU HAVE TO SLIGHTLY ENHANCE WHAT YOU ALREADY ARE IN A DIFFERENT MEDIUM, I THINK ANY CREATIVE TYPE WOULD AGREE. IN TERMS OF HOW I DRESS I DON’T FEEL STYLIZED. I STYLE MYSELF IN THE SENSE THAT EVERYBODY DOES, JUST BY PUTTING CLOTHES ON, WHATEVER THEY MIGHT BE. I CAN SORT OF UNDERSTAND WHY SOME PEOPLE MIGHT CONSIDER ME STYLIZED, IT’S JUST NOT SOMETHING I’M AWARE OF WHEN I GET DRESSED. THERE ARE DAYS I FEEL LIKE A TOTAL SLOB, OR UNDERDRESSED, AND NOBODY SEEMS TO THINK SO, OR MORE LIKELY NOBODY CARES, WHICH IS GREAT IF THAT’S THE CASE.

3 songs or bands that impacted you as a musician?  

OH, THREE IS SO NOT ENOUGH. BUT THREE OF EACH MAYBE? I’LL STAY AWAY FROM TITLES IN OTHER LANGUAGES FOR THE SAKE OF GENERAL RECOGNITION: BANDS: STEREOLAB, CRANES, THE PIXIES SONGS: FADE INTO YOU, DECEPTACON, ROCK ME AMADEUS

When did you first realize you wanted to be involved with music and actually play music?

IT’S ACTUALLY NOT AN EASY ANSWER. THERE WAS NEVER ONE SPECIFIC MOMENT I CAN RECALL. I WAS INTRODUCED TO MUSIC AND TO BALLET SINCE I WAS LITTLE. MY PARENTS BOUGHT ME A PIANO BECAUSE THEIR FRIENDS DAUGHTER WOULDN’T LET ME GET CLOSE TO HER PIANO ( I TOTALLY GET IT), I WOULD SO YEARN TO PLAY IT AND TOUCH IT, AND THEY COULD NO LONGER TAKE MY HEARTBREAK. ON AN INTERESTING NOTE. THIS GIRL IS NOW ONE OF THE MOST WIDELY RENOWNED MEXICAN SINGER-SONGWRITER POP SUPER STARS, AND I’M NOT FAMOUS AT ALL. IS THAT WHAT UNDERDOG IS? FROM THEN THERE WAS ALWAYS A BATTLE WITH CHOOSING BETWEEN BEING A BALLET DANCER OR BEING A MUSICIAN, BUT ONCE I LEFT THE DANCE WORLD FOR GOOD, THERE’S BEEN MANY FIRST MOMENTS, MANY FAILED ATTEMPTS AT BEING INVOLVED IN AND PLAYING MUSIC. SUCH FAILED ATTEMPTS, OR MORE ACCURATELY, THE LACK OF ANY HUGELY RELEVANT PUBLIC SUCCESS, COMBINED WITH THE STUBBORN RELUCTANCE TO QUIT DOING IT ARE PROBABLY THE CONSTANT INDICATOR THAT I REALLY WANT TO WRITE AND PLAY MUSIC.

Tells us more about your band and its members. How did you meet? 

BRENDAN, WHO PLAYS GUITAR, AND PRODUCES FOR THE TABLETS IS THE ONLY OTHER CONSTANT MEMBER IN THE TABLETS SO FAR. WE’VE GONE THROUGH A SERIES OF BASSISTS AND BACK UP SINGERS SINCE I STARTED THE TABLETS, AND WE HAVE REVISITED AND RESTRUCTURED FOR THE SAKE OF HOW IT NEEDS TO EVOLVE. I DON’T MEAN TO SOUND LIKE I NEED COMPLETE CONTROL, I ABSOLUTELY BELIEVE COLLABORATION IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN A ONE-PERSON-IN-CHARGE PROJECT. BUT I THINK THAT ONLY WORKS IF EVERYONE INVOLVED IS CLOSE TO EQUAL AMOUNTS PASSIONATE AND DEDICATED. AT THIS POINT I HAVE A GOOD IDEA OF WHAT I WANT, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY I KNOW WHAT I DON’T WANT. BACKUP SINGERS IN THE FUTURE WOULD BE SUPER NICE THOUGH. HAVING PEOPLE HARMONIZING ON STAGE CAN BE AWESOME. BRENDEN AND I GO WAY BACK. HE WAS IN THE FIRST BAND I WAS IN THAT ACTUALLY PLAYED ANY SHOWS, SINCE SOME PREVIOUS PROJECTS NEVER SAW THE LIGHT OF DAY. WE’VE BEEN IN A SERIES OF BANDS RANGING FROM CARNIVAL PUNK NOISE TO EXPERIMENTAL ELECTRONIC.

How has your culture and where you grew up influenced your music style & taste? 

THAT’S ONE THING THAT MADE IT DIFFICULT WHEN YOU ASKED FOR THREE BANDS OR THREE SONGS THAT HAVE IMPACTED ME AS A MUSICIAN. I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN MEXICO, I WAS EXPOSED TO THE TRADITIONAL, THE POP AND THE REGIONAL MUSIC OF MEXICO AND LATIN AMERICA, WHILE ALSO EXPOSED TO THE TRADITIONAL, POP, AND ROCK MUSIC FROM THE U.S AND EUROPE, ALL FROM A VERY YOUNG AGE. NOW IT’S AMAZING TO THINK OF ALL MY MUSICAL MEMORIES, IN MORE THAN ONE LANGUAGE, BUT BOTH UNDERSTOOD AND ENJOYED AND DANCED TO IN EQUAL AMOUNTS. MUSIC IS BORDERLESS, BUT THERES’S SO MUCH MUSIC IN LATIN AMERICA, IT GETS REALLY EMBEDDED IN YOUR DNA, YOU CAN’T ESCAPE IT, WETHER YOU WEAR IT ON YOUR SLEEVE OR NOT. I LOVE BANDA, MARIACHI, CUMBIA, SALSA, ETC. MAYBE TO VARYING DEGREES, AND I CAN BE AS SELECTIVE ABOUT IT AS I WANT TO BE, BUT THE EXPOSURE IS THERE, AND IT’S AMAZING. I USE ELEMENTS OF THESE INFLUENCES IN WHAT I WRITE AND PRODUCE. SOMETIMES IT’S PROBABLY NOT NOTICEABLE AT ALL, BUT I KNOW IT’S THERE, AND I CAN GET INTO THAT PLACE IN MY HEAD WHERE I CAN THINK “AH! THIS IS MY NEW WAVE-CUMBIA-BUT-NOT-REALLY’. I’VE BEEN INFLUENCED BY SO MANY STYLES, I’VE NEVER BEEN, OR WILL BE ABLE TO BE STRAIGHT UP PUNK, OR ELECTRONIC, OR TROVA, OR RANCHERA. I’VE INTERNALIZED TOO MUCH FOR TOO LONG AND NEVER GOT IT OUT OF MY SYSTEM IN ANY PURE SENSE OF A GENRE, BUT WHAT I’M SURE OF IS THAT WHEN YOU HEAR IT, IT WILL BE EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED IT TO BE LIKE.