Hello, everyone! Welcome to my brand-new blog series: #CreativeQueens! Every few weeks we feature an up and coming female content creator in the video game and animation industries!
This week we interviewed YouTube Singer and Cover Artist, Lizz Robinett! Let's get started!
Hi Lizz! Before we start can you tell us a bit about yourself, where you’re from and what got you into singing.
"Hello! Well I’m Lizz, I’m 24 years old, I’m from California, and I’ve been singing since I was really young. Thinking back, the thing that got me into singing was actually video games. I’ve been singing along to game soundtracks since the very beginning."
What musical genres would you say have impacted your style as a singer the most?
"I would say Celtic and folk music. There’s something so magical about that type of music and singing it comes pretty easily to me."
"It’s almost like it’s the type of music I’m meant to sing!"
What song/cover release are you most proud of? Why?
"Definitely ‘Song of the Ancients’ from NieR. It’s in a fictional language, so it’s a lot of fun to sing. The melody and music for it are also so gorgeous."
We heard you also create art and write your own lyrics. You seem to be a very well-rounded creative individual. Where would you say you derive most of your inspiration from and how do you think it manifests itself into your creative processes (art, singing, lyric writing, etc.)?
"Thank you so much! I think a lot of my creative inspiration comes from my own feelings and emotions. When I write lyrics, I connect deeply with the characters or story being told, and I use that emotion in my lyrics and voice when singing. A lot of my covers end up being pretty somber because of that!"
" My main tools are a RODE NT1 microphone, pop filter, portable vocal booth (the big foam thing that wraps around my mic, it absorbs sound so my voice doesn’t bounce around the room), Apollo Twin interface, headphones, and GarageBand."
If you could collaborate with any musician/performer in history, who would it be and why?
"It’s always been my dream to sing with Erutan, who also releases her music on YouTube. She is an extremely talented singer and musician and my biggest musical inspiration."
"Everything she creates is magical and beautifully done. She’s my idol!"
Do you have a "dream goal" as a singer? (For example, is there a certain project you wish to work on one day, would you want to join a specific record label, reach a certain number of subscribers, etc…)
"It’s my dream to sing in a video game someday! Video game music has always been special to me and I would probably cry if I heard my voice in a game."
What hurdles do you think pose the biggest challenge for you as a singer-turned-YouTuber?
"YouTube itself is really challenging for a cover singer. There’s so many copyright issues and rules that aren’t exactly the clearest to follow. It also doesn’t help that YouTube’s copyright claim system can be abused so easily! It’s tough out here these days."
You also play Chiyo Wantanabe in the Virtual Idol Group, Interlunium. How has the voice acting experience been for you? Is VAing something you would ever consider pursuing seriously outside of singing?
"Voice acting is so much harder than I expected it to be, but it’s a lot of fun! Chiyo Watanabe is a character I based off of myself, so being her voice comes easy, but doing other characters can be pretty hard! I’ve done a few small roles online and its such an awesome feeling. I would totally consider pursuing it seriously! I would just need to push myself."
"Finding a favorite song is so tough! But I think I would choose ‘Wind’s Nocturne’! It’s from a classic video game called Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete that I was obsessed with as a kid. This song has always been near and dear to my heart."
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YouTube: Lizz Robinett
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