Incredible Singer from Naples, Cristina Lizzul Releases Her Music Video for "Apologies"
Q: Tell us how old you are and when & how you started making music.
A: I’m 23 years old and I’ve been writing and singing my wholeeeee life, but I didn’t start making original music up untill 3 years ago, when I moved to LA. The story is, i’m Italian-American and I grew up in Naples, Italy. I started creating, whether it was writing, acting, singing at a very young age but then decide to focus on an acting career and never really thought about getting more serious about music, mostly because it was a different animal than the acting business and I didn’t know my sound nor how to approach a career in it.
I moved to LA 3 years ago and I was introduced to all these new wave, R&B artists and all of a sudden it clicked, a wave of inspiration came over me because of this sound that I had never heard before since I grew up in Italy. Ever since then, R&B became my soul.
Cristina's song "apologies" is truly something unique & inspirational. From the story, I understood she hurt a loved one, and learns to accept and take blame for her actions. She highlights the necessity of self-reflection in order to admit when you're wrong & apologize, rather than being defensive. For me, I relate a lot to this because there are many people that like to pretend that they are never in the wrong, or act as if we are incapable of hurting others, even if it is unintentional. This can apply to any type of relationship. You gotta own up to your mistakes in order to not make them twice, because at that point, it's a choice to do it again.
We got a chance to ask her a few questions about her career, her new music video & her advice to women wanting to pursue any creative endeavours.
Q: Tell us a little about the creative process for the music video “Apologies” & if you ran into any challenges?
I absolutely ran into a lot of challenges with this record, I wrote this song over a year ago, it had about 4 writing and recording redrafts and I finally dropped it a week ago. We filmed the music video in June of 2017 in Positano, Italy. Since I hadn’t released music for two years, I was very nervous to put something out, I had a very meticulous relationship with this track, everything about it had to be perfect, i’m very hard on myself and I wanted to make something that i was proud of.
When I write/record my music, I always see colors in my mind and for this one, I saw a lot of purples, oranges, pinks, yellows, just vibrant colors and I thought Positano, Italy was the perfect setting for it. My filmmakers (Magnetwo, Giorgio Marangolo and Lorenzo Palazzi) they’re my talented middle school friends from Naples, we sat down, came up with the concept and were on a boat to Positano the next day.
Q: What is a really memorable moment during your career?
hmm tough one, I don’t know which one to choose :P but you know what, I’m gonna go with this year’s memory of my mother telling me that she was proud of me and telling me that I was talented. My mother never believed in this path, she believed in me but not in this artistic path, it was something too foreign for her to understand.
I released a lot of content this year and for the first time, I saw it in her eyes, she believed in me, she finally took me seriously, she finally respected my craft, and that meant the world to me because I feel like one of the reasons on why I do what I do is to make my parents proud, and make people understand the value of art, this is important, this is very important, not only to me but in life,
art is important, it’s indispensable.
Q: If you had to give women one piece of advice for pursuing any creative endeavour, what would it be?
My piece of advice would be to stay true to your soul, do it for the right reasons, not to feed the ego with all this social non-sense, but feed your soul and create, put your art out and know your worth and don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can't achieve something in this lifetime, that’s disrespectful.
And also, don’t think only as an artist but also as a business woman, they go hand in hand in this business, build your empire,
Ladies, I support yaa <3
Q: What else should us & all your fans be expecting from you this year?
It will be a busy year, I haven’t released music for 2 years because I was in the zone, I was creating, I was clearing my mind, I was insecure, scared, and I let my frustration flourish into my art. You can expect a few singles and music videos the following months and then once it’s ready, THE ALBUM.