Featured Artist: Liz Anne Hill
The real world will teach you many lessons and for those of you who want to make it in the music industry the first lesson you’ll learn is – it ain’t easy being an independent artist. This is something Liz Anne Hill knows very well, the country artist has hustled her way onto the scene by using all the tools at her disposal, including Kickstarter to finance her latest music video.
Liz Anne grew up on the greats of Country music as well as Classic Rock and has infused those sounds into her original songs. Her latest single “The Fish Ain’t Bitin”, a light hearted track written about today’s dating culture has a cool new sound that any music fan can enjoy.
I got a chance to listen to “The Fish Ain’t Bitin”, it’s so clever. Did you write it yourself? What is the story behind it?
I actually co-wrote it with my dad, basically he came up with the title. I had moved out from an ex and things have resolved for me but at the time it was pretty rough. My dad had a couple of ideas inspired by that and I have so many friends that have told me Tinder horror stories, like I have been scared away from even touching it. I figured I’m not alone, we’re not alone, someone is going to relate to this so that was the train of thought behind the song.
Were you hoping for a Maddie & Tae kind of reaction to the song?
You know I didn’t, I never thought about it that way but honestly I just figured there’s no way that I’m alone on this and it’s been fun to see people react. I’ll post about the song, people will tag their friends and say you have to hear this, this is our lives!
Growing up in California, we definitely have a taste for more Pop Country here, who were your influences?
I definitely grew up on Reba, on Wynonna and Martina. Reba is a huge influence of mine of course, she’s timeless but more traditional. I also grew up on Rock and Pop, I’m a huge Paramore fan. I definitely listen to a little of anything. I don’t know what my sound is, it is Rock, it is Pop, it is Country.
Going into the Country genre and being from Southern California have you experienced any stigma? There have been artists like Brett Young from Anaheim to climb the charts but there are some people that say Country singers should be from the country.
Yes and no. I recorded in Orange County – I don’t encourage lying because I feel like you’re always gonna get caught but whenever I’ve told people I recorded it in Orange County they’re like “Oh, okay well maybe you should come back to Nashville and rerecord it” but anytime I’ve said it’s recorded in Nashville they’re like “Wow, this is super different. This is awesome.” Not that anyone really cares anymore about “Country Cred” or whatever you want to call it, but I grew up between California and Southeastern Arizona. The town where I grew up in had less five thousand people and one stoplight and a movie theater.
I noticed that you used Kickstarter for the music video for “The Fish Ain’t Bitin” so I’m curious how that came about, did it end up working?
It went great. I’ve had an independent pop record deal, they have been really generous and have made some really incredible opportunities happen but the costs are high. You know, I have a day job and between working, working on your music, promoting and producing a music video it’s a lot without having resources. It was really painless to be honest. My friends, family and my fans were all so supportive. Every little bit helped, I was definitely flabbergasted that we reached the goal.
Did you get to film it yet?
Yeah it’s all done. It’s going to be debuted in early August.
When can we expect more music from you? Are you planning an EP or a full album?
I actually have recorded about an album’s worth of material but what I’m going to be doing is releasing single by single because I’m still writing and things keep getting better.
You can get more from Liz Anne Hill by visiting her website or listening to her on Spotify.