Back in 2019 when school shoes frontwoman Carissa Myre began to toy with solo material, we predicted big things in the Lowell scene for her in the coming years. Now in 2019, that prediction has almost certainly come to pass with her new project Layzi, which marries lo-fi pop sensibilities to lush, ambient textures, while dabbling in realms as dream pop, shoegaze, and even vaporwave. We closed out 2020 by naming her self-titled EPone of the best Lowell releases of the year, and now we’re naming her the focus of…
5 QUESTIONS FOR CARISSA MYRE
1. What’s the last GREAT album you’ve recently listened to?
It’s super hard to choose. I’ve gotten into the band Porches lately, specifically their album Ricky Music released in 2020. I love synth pop music and Porches has been pretty influential in my growth as a musician. They get kind of weird and experimental sometimes and play around with time signatures a lot which I LOVE. My favorite song off the album is “Do U Wanna.” They are a hugely underrated band in my opinion and I highly recommend giving them a listen if you’re a fan of synth pop.
2. What band or artist would you most like to share a bill or collaborate with?
I would love to share a bill or collaborate with CASTLEBEAT. I think our styles match very well and would make an awesome show together. His style also sounds really nice with female vocals and it has been a long-time goal of mine to collaborate with him.
3. What passions and hobbies do you follow outside of music?
I have a few hobbies and passions outside of music. I also have deep passion for dancing. I danced competitively for 10 years and started teaching dance and choreographing when I was 15. If I’m not making music or teaching dance, I’m probably writing poetry or drawing – I definitely gravitate towards the arts and love doing anything artistic.
4. What’s the one thing about the music scene as a whole you’d like to change?
One thing I would change about the music scene as a whole would be how male-dominated it is. I know I’m not alone in wanting this change. I especially would love to see more female producers and recording engineers.
5. How do you personally define success as musician? (This question comes from the previous 5 Questions interview Ian James)
I would consider myself a successful performing musician if music became a primary source of income and I had a very steady number of listeners/fans. I don’t think you need to hold millions of monthly listeners to be considered successful, as long as your staying consistent and making a living. Along with this I believe that your love for music needs to stay the same (if not grow) with your success. I can’t say that I consider a musician successful when they don’t love the music anymore.
Layzi’s first full-length record, titled Be Mine </3 can be found wherever music is streamed.