Could you introduce yourself?
Of course, my name is Ezla and I’m an indie-pop artist based in San Diego, CA.
What’s your life philosophy? How do you try to apply that to your work?
I don’t really have one specific philosophy, but I would say always be yourself and have mutual respect for one another.
How does your environment influence your creative direction?
Heavily. I’ve always been an overly emotional human. I feel things on a deeper level and I use all the overload of emotions/feelings to write down what sometimes I can’t describe verbally. My single “Outcasts” is a prime example.
What's a song that gets you dancing and singing along, no matter where you are?
Literally any Kesha song can take me go from 0 to 100 real quick! It’s hard for me to stay in a bad mood, or completely still when I hear her music!
Has there been one moment in your music career that made you feel like you "made it"?
Honestly, I’m constantly working on going from one goal to the other, so I always feel like I’m trying to make it, whatever that looks like/is.
Could you tell us a bit about your track, "Outcasts"? What inspired this particular project?
Yeah! “Outcasts” is where I began in this journey of self-acceptance. I wrote it based on a constant life struggle of always being “against the grain”. I wanted to give it a dark, yet, catchy anthem sound, a sort of calling out to those who color outside the lines. We are all, in some way, an “outcast” at one point or another, so this song serves as a calling of unity – a hymn to embrace your uniqueness.
If you could have lunch with anyone, dead or alive, to pick their brain on the topic of success who would it be and why?
I would have to say it’d be AJR. As an independent artist, it feels like you have to work twice as hard to get half as far in this industry, and whatever they’re doing, it’s working! And, Bebe Rexha because she’s cool :)
What is one piece of advice you would tell your younger self?
Just one? I would probably want to go back and kick my own ass for a lot of things, and then advise myself to stop trying to fit in and work hard.
Could you walk us through your general day? Start to finish?
I wake up, make breakfast, then spend the rest of the day on music. Whether that’s responding to emails, social media, rehearsing, working on new videos/content, writing new songs and occasionally I fly out to Nashville to do whatever it is I need to get done. I try to remember to eat lunch and dinner between all that as well as work out. And of course, a good book or new found TV show obsession to wind down the day. Sleep and repeat.
What are a few of your goals for the upcoming year?
I’ll be releasing another single here in the next couple months and then the rest of my EP, which I’m ecstatic about! Then, I want to tour like crazy. Anywhere and everywhere.
Coffee or tea?
What makes you happy?
God, family, friends, music, movies and good hair.
Any closing comments?
You make your own luck.