Liz Clark: The OUTmusic Interview

-by Jeremy Gloff
-appeared on OUTmusic’s Myspace Page
-February 15th, 2009

Well they say time flies when you are having fun. I was sick the last two weeks, so I wasn’t having fun. But time still did fly?

Anyhow, let’s talk about Liz Clark. She is great!!!! Make sure to add her at www.myspace.com/lizclark. Even better, we have 3 of her songs on our Myspace page!!! I interviewed Liz recently and this is what she had to say:

1) how long have you been writing songs?

My first song was called “Gizmo” about my cat that I wrote when I was about 4. Although the lyrics were only “gizmo gizmo gizmo gizmo giz giz mo”, I felt the melody was quite intricate.

2) tell us about your latest project?

My latest album is called “pursuit” and I’m pretty proud of this one. It’s more stripped down and we recorded a lot of it live in the studio. A lot of my friends are playing on it. It represents that sort of magic and frail time when a person is falling in love.

3) where do you live and what does this place mean to you?

Oh man, that is a good question. I live a bit of everywhere right now. I’ve been on the road for 5 months and currently the only place that I have most my stuff is in my Jeep (her name is Carla). But come April, I’ll be in West Cork, Ireland for about 6 months and that’s where I spend my time off with my lovely wife and her family’s organic garden cafe. This place is seriously off the beaten path and it both revives me and drives me nuts with how quiet it is.

4) who are some artists that have inspired you?

I have been on the road with my wife, Tessa Perry, and fantastic songwriter herself. She inspires me artistically and emotionally. I’ve been way into Kathleen Edwards lately. Also I dig Taylor Swift as a guilty pleasure.

5) have you ever felt discriminated against for being an out artist?

Not as much as you’d think. I sometimes get nervous when we pull into places like Amarillo Texas or eastern Tennessee for a gig. I think some people might say they disagree with a gay lifestyle, but once they meet us and they see that we’re good people that just want to share our music, no one has been hostile towards us. I have some great stories where we’ve opened some people’s minds. It’s not to say that we don’t have a long way to go, but every little bit helps in a small way.

6) do you write the lyrics first, or the music first?

I do a bit of it simultaneously, lyrics just pop out of the sky sometimes. But then I work on the melody and sit down later to pen in some concrete lyrics.

7) do you do more of your writing during the day or at night?

I guess that depends on when I have free time! I squeeze in songwriting at all hours of the day.

8) what feeling do you want your listeners to walk away with when they leave a liz clark show?

I hope they enjoyed themselves. I hope I inspired others to connect emotionally or even be creative themselves.

9) any advice for other out artists?

I would say to embrace the out community and get solid in that foundation and know you have a home there. Cultivate your act amongst a supportive fanbase. Then venture out and show the rest of the world who you are without any fear.

10) favorite madonna song?

Probably “Like a Prayer” because I’m a sucker for a Gospel choir.

Well, til next time, thanks to Liz for doing this, and thanks to JD Doyle for helping me out with this! For more great OUT artists check out www.outmusic.com and www.queermusicheritage.com.
Much Love,
Jeremy Gloff

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