Lisa Sweetbrook is a singer/songwriter currently gigging in Victoria B.C., Canada. Although she started her musical journey on the piano, the stylings of Graham Colton inspired her to pick up the guitar and refine her sound. Her first album ‘Gemini’ is due for release at the end of the year.
Smiths: Lisa, how long have you been singing and writing songs?
Lisa: Since around the age of thirteen although I really got into it around seventeen, I still play those songs today. Some have even made it on the new album; they’re much different, very honest but universal.
S: How did you get into it?
L: I have always been a musical person, I feel it helps me to relax. It’s a form of self-therapy or almost like a diary that I’ve been working on ever since I got my guitar.
S: What kind of music do you play?
L: It’s difficult to place my music in a particular genre but it’s acoustic
singer/songwriter with a little rock touch. My songs deal with life experience, traveling, family, and relationships. I try to keep them personal but relatable. ‘Carousels’ is about how we can take life too seriously, often thinking we’ve got it bad and that other people are happier than ourselves. Everyone has their problems.
S: Who inspires you? Why?
L: A lot of artists inspire me: Alanis Morissette, The Weakerthans and Jann Arden for their lyrics. However Graham Colton is very straight-forward in his songwriting, he is not too metaphorical just honest. I like that.
S: Your debut album ‘Gemini’ will be out soon. Tell me a little more about it, what it’s like?
L: Recording this album has been crazy. As a student I didn’t have the money to cover all the bases but people around me have been so supportive. I had friends working with me who are photographers, graphic designers and sound engineers. I wrote the album over four years and it’s a mix of everything I’ve dealt with in that time.
S: What has been the most memorable event/ incident of your career?
L: All the shows I played back home were so great whether they were in pubs or in my living room. Last year I performed alongside Graham Colton at two shows in Holland. That is definitely something I will never forget.
S: What is your biggest goal in life?
L: To find a place that lets me escape from stress. A lot of people these days worry too much and don’t have time to be happy.
S: You have the last word, what’s left to say?
L: This is my first interview, it’s funny how it is really tempting to lie a little. I wonder if other musicians ever do it. Probably.