To be released on July 8 via independent label But Did You Dance, Days Of E.N.D. is the exciting debut album from Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, DJ, and producer of Swedish and Indonesian-Chinese heritage SAMANTA LIZA. The highly anticipated album comes on the back of a glorious past 12 months from the electronica rising star, beginning with the release of her debut EP, Back To Earth, last summer, which charted at #8 on the Beatport Deep House Top 100 Chart, and peaked at #14 on the iTunes Dance Albums Chart. She sat down with ReVamp Magazine for an interview about the new album.
Written, composed and produced by Samanta Liza, with additional co-production from Panté and Aezon on the last three songs of the project, Days Of E.N.D. (which stands for days of extremely nonsensical drama) is a glorious electronic album with lush pop sensibilities that sees Samanta shining across pop and electronic subgenres like dance-pop, melodic house, alternative pop, techno and indie pop. Drawing on her vast repertoire of artistry, musicianship, and production, Samanta Liza has delivered a captivating offering that will hold listeners attention from start to finish.
Lyrically, Days Of E.N.D. is a culmination of journal entries, random thoughts, deep reflections, and therapeutic studio sessions that have built up into a commentary on the importance of relationships, and how they can change our lives. As the title suggests, we deal with ‘extremely nonsensical drama’ in our lives, and this album is a nod to how relationships dictate much of how we live our lives. As Samanta Liza puts it, “What matters at the end of the day is how we relate to ourselves, how we relate to others, and how we relate to the collective. Without togetherness, life is nothingness”.
The album’s dreamy breakbeat opening track ‘Some People Do Nothing’ sees an introspective Samanta motivating the listener to do something, while the indie alt-pop offering ‘We Are Not Friends’ has her contemplating losing a lover. On the dance-pop focus track ‘I Don’t Regret You’, Samanta chooses to see her past relationships as purposeful, and elsewhere on ‘Daydreaming’, she doesn’t want to let go of what she had. ‘I Wanna Be Free’ reveals her yearning for new beginnings, whereas on ‘Sweet Lies’, she explores the importance of honesty in relationships. Overall, Days Of E.N.D. makes for an emotive listening experience that fans and critics alike will relate to.
Speaking about the inspiration behind Days Of E.N.D., Samanta Liza says, “There are few things in this world that matter more to me than my relationships – both romantic and platonic. Tapping into my own story and the stories of others, I explore what it truly means to let yourself feel. Being an empath is both exhausting and energizing at the same time. But it is my connection to others that keeps me alive and propels me forward. It is because of people that I feel excited. They give me purpose. Through this album, I hope to showcase the power of people. The power of understanding your emotions. And the power of introspection”.
Born in Hawaii and residing in Brooklyn, Samanta Liza is a global citizen, having also lived in London, Sweden, Kuwait, Qatar, Florida, and Shanghai. She brings this cultural and musical melting pot to her artistry, and it can be heard across her music, which excellently fuses pop, dance, indie, and electronic music to great effect, and her renowned DJ sets, centered around her ‘innocently sensual’ live vocals and percussions flowing into a true hybrid performance of original melodic and high-energy mixes. Her new album Days Of E.N.D. perfectly encapsulates Samanta’s purpose of creating emotional journeys that are transformative for her listener.
‘Days Of E.N.D.’, the new album from Samanta Liza is out on July 8.
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