Through heaven and hell - In conversation with the artist LIAS

Through heaven and hell - In conversation with the artist LIAS

LIAS is a German singer/artist who tries to bring his inner self to the surface through his music. Most of the songs are about a young man who’s trying to do what makes him happy. The music. But before the music really took off, some things happened that pushed him to go back to his roots. Why to his roots?


At an early age, music was already a part of LIAS' life. He received classical vocal training as a boy soloist and already had the opportunity to perform with great singers and musicians such as Jose Carreras and the Bavarian State Opera Orchestra on the world's biggest stages.


As he grew older, however, he felt the desire to break out of the conservatism of this classical world and my upbringing. The first liberating steps led me to songwriting. But becoming a musician was never really on the agenda until he moved further and further away from that idea. It was only through detours via investment banking, music management and the Berlin start-up scene that he realised how important music is to him.


“Generally, I believe that everyone has something that they love doing. Some discover it sooner, others later. For me it wasn’t really a straight or clear path either. Although it was so obvious that music is the essence of my life, I ignored it for a long time. But like any other true calling, it haunts you until you finally start listening, and give in:


It was the feeling on stage at one of my earliest concerts, for example, when the audience knew one of my first songs and started singing it back to me. It was also the encouragement of the people dearest to me that really moved me. All in all, it was actually the combination of little moments that built up to one big decision.”



Hey LIAS - how are you doing?! I'm really glad that you're here for the interview. Can you please introduce yourself to the readers and tell them about your work?

Thanks so much for having me. My name is LIAS and I’m an artist/ singer songwriter. I’ve always used music as a way to express my own inner universe. As such, my songs mostly tell stories of a young man who flips his entire life upside down to make music - and everything that happened in between.

 

Why did you choose to do what you are doing now? Which impact did music have on your life? Was it what you always envisioned for your life?

From early on music was an essential part of my life. I received a classical vocal education and already had the chance to perform as a boy soloist with great singers and musicians such as Jose Carreras and the orchestra of the Bavarian State Opera on the world’s biggest stages. It took me from Moscow to the Vatican, even singing for Pope Benedict XVI in the Sistine Chapel. Growing up, however, I really felt the desire to break free from the conservatism of this classical world and my upbringing. The first liberating steps brought me to songwriting. But, becoming a musician was never really on the table until I moved further and further away from the idea. It was only through detours toward investment banking, music management and the Berlin startup scene that I realized how vital music is for me, and so I decided to take my own songs and artistic vision to the stage.

 

Creativity has taken on a whole new meaning in recent years. Some people are trying to get out of their comfort zone to chase their dreams. What does creativity mean to you?

To free yourself from other people’s expectations and to express your truest self

As Pindar, the Greek lyric poet wrote, it can essentially be described as the process of discovering who you truly are, and then becoming that person.

 

You've been doing what you do creatively for quite some time. Could you ever imagine doing something else?

Working in the corporate and startup world – losing touch with making music – made me very physically and mentally unwell, and I was growing more and more unhappy with the direction in which my life was headed. So, I decided to give music more space again and step by step, transitioned into artistic life. I cut my hours to work only part time, and then finally took the leap of faith that life as a full-time musician would work out somehow. Ever since taking that first step, I’ve never doubted it was the right choice. I also think there comes a point of no return in every artists’ journey and I remember my moment quite vividly. We were in the car, driving back to Berlin after the video shoot for my upcoming single “Run Boy Run”. The team was amazing and we had an incredibly creative energy on set. It was so magical that I couldn’t really believe what we had created during those days, and in a silent moment, out of nowhere, it just hit me and I quietly said to my friend: “I don’t think I can ever go back now.”

 

Life can be really crazy sometimes. Some people find it easier to find what they want to do from their heart and others take their time. When did you realize that was your life path? What was the trigger?

Generally, I believe that everyone has something that they love doing. Some discover it sooner, others later. For me it wasn’t really a straight or clear path either. Although it was so obvious that music is the essence of my life, I ignored it for a long time. But like any other true calling, it haunts you until you finally start listening, and give in:

It was the feeling on stage at one of my earliest concerts, for example, when the audience knew one of my first songs and started singing it back to me. It was also the encouragement of the people dearest to me that really moved me. All in all, it was actually the combination of little moments that built up to one big decision.

 

We don't know what the future holds for us. Nobody knows it. How do you imagine the future? 

There is a lyrical line by german artist Casper, that I really like: „Bin nie im Hier und Jetzt, wie meine Mama meint, im Kopf in der Zukunft und im Herzen in der Vergangenheit“ (Song: Alles war schön und nichts tat weh)

It basically means that we worry too much and we expect too much from other people and from ourselves. We forget to live in the now and don’t really appreciate what we have and experience. One can create their vision, dreams and goals, but as a baseline, I think we need to be kind to ourselves and one another, humbled by how privileged we are to live the life we live – to make music, art and be creative – and keep spreading good energy. I imagine that creates a future worth living, regardless of what it holds for us.

 

You must have had to go through a few hurdles in your career. Which one has shaped and influenced you the most? And what are you most grateful for?

The past year was definitely one of the hardest ones for me personally, but on the other hand also opened an incredibly exciting new path artistically. For too long I kept ignoring my inner voice that was telling me “you’re not well”. I pushed past trauma away, was really anxious about the future and didn’t listen to the signs my body was giving me until it was too late. Towards the end of 2020, I felt really numb and lost. I wasn’t myself anymore, couldn’t really feel anything good or bad. From one day to the other, I imploded and ran away from myself and the life I was living. In that very moment, where every familiar ground below my feet seemed to vanish, my producer Alex took me in to live with his family at his studio. We only spoke on the phone once, before he welcomed me with open arms. I ended up living there for a few months. During that time, we wrote and recorded the songs that I’m going to release over the course of the next year. That act of kindness is among one of the things on this journey that I am really grateful for.

 

What advice would you give to someone who is striving for his own visionaries too?

People always think realizing your dream or vision is just one big change that you have to make in order to follow it. That’s because most of the time, we only see the final result of a process. Think of it more as a journey. Just take that first little step towards your vision, and let the energy of the path draw you in. And while you do that, find a handful of people along the way that you can trust and that help you bring your vision to life. 

 

Thank you for the interview and your time. See you soon!

 

Credits: 

Arton Sefa, Photographer

Mina Hashemi, Creative Direction

Vorheriger Beitrag Nächster Beitrag