Snoop Lion recently signed the crowning princess of Polish pop music, Iza Lach, and she’s ready to cross borders. The young singer-songwriter has experienced serious success as an artist in her native country, getting two Polish Grammy nominations for her sophomore album Krzyk (“The Scream.”) The delicacy of her voice shines most when Lach manipulates simple, beautiful melodies into unexpected progressions. Her ability to play with tone and tempo are a mark of her engrained musicality. With a passion for experimentation and personal lyricism, we expect Lach to break into the global music scene with a crash.
We caught up with the young songstress to talk about her global takeover, her relationship with mentor Snoop, and her first love.
Read the interview below to get to know her and click here to watch the adorable video for “No Ordinary Affair,” ft. Snoop Lion.
Tell us about the moment in your life when you really knew you wanted to make music?
I think that happened when I started going to music school at six years old. My family is pretty musical, so since I was born I was surrounded by music a lot. But I knew that I wanted to make music seriously when I was 13 or 14–that’s when I wrote my first song. It was a difficult time because I had my first love then. When I wrote that first song I knew I found something that could help me deal with all kinds of emotions.
Dr. Dre discovered Snoop, and Snoop found you- tell me about your relationship with him, how did you guys get linked up?
I had an account on Soundcloud since 2004 or something, and my friend sent me a contest link that Snoop had on Soundcloud looking for artists to put something on his beats–a musician, rapper or whatever. That was a year and half ago now. It was really the very first contest I ever took part in, but something happened and I said, ‘Okay.’ I sent it and then minutes later I had a comment from Snoop Dogg himself. At first, I thought someone was playing a really funny joke on me, but it wasn’t and since then my life has changed a lot.
What have you been working on with Snoop Lion?
We shot a movie in Poland a year ago that should come out pretty soon. That was the first time I met Snoop really and it’s all on camera. There is footage of songs that we made together, our relationship and how we met–it’s a look from the inside.
Can we expect a reggae song some time soon?
Yes, we’re working on it. Snoop sends me beats and I add whatever I want to, like keys and bass. Some beats are reggae and some are R&B. I think I’ve learned a lot by working on beats that, at first made me say, “Uh-uh, thats not going to happen.” But I didn’t give up so it was worth it. The whole movie is mixed genres and there’s reggae, of course.
Who did you listen to growing up?
I have a brother and sister and we had a pretty small apartment so I constantly listened to what they listened to when I was little. So, it was the Beatles, Queen, The Beach Boys, Nick Cave and then I discovered Michael Jackson, and all kinds of music on my own. Stevie Wonder and Britney Spears, because I was a little girl so dancing to Britney–that happened!
Did your native country, Poland, embrace your creative endeavor? Was was it like coming up in the Polish music world?
I guess it’s really inside people. If you have it inside you, no matter where you are, what you’re doing, or what your situation is, it’s going to happen. But Poland is a really beautiful country. I live in the city and it’s really cultural. There’s a film school that’s pretty well-known all over the world. It’s an artistic place, it’s easy to find artists there.
What are your favorite dining places in Poland and what dish do you usually prefer?
ALWAYS pasta! There’s this pizza place called Pomodoro and they have great Italian pizza ‘cause the chef is Italian.
Did your family play an intricate role in discovering your love for music/arts?
For sure, because they sent me to music school and I played violin for 11 years. I studied music from the bottom to the top and they always helped me achieve my goals. They’ve always been very supportive, so of course yes.
How did your first heartbreak influence your music writing at 16?
That was tough, but I discovered that talking and singing about it really helps. Each song was different and I made a lot of songs since then, it definitely helped me discover what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
What material items do you hold close to your heart and why? Do you have good luck charms?
I guess some teddy bears from my childhood. They are always at my parents house and I will never let them throw them out!
Your video for “The One Who Leaves” incorporates a lot of street art, is it a passion of yours?
It’s not a passion but it’s something that’s really all over my city right now. It’s not on every building, but it’s on many many of them. And it’s like a gallery that is still growing, so when we shot the movie the director wanted to show something thats really about my city and separates it from other cities.
What country would you like to shoot your next video and why?
I just went to Croatia but that would have been cheesy, it’s just too much sun. But I visited New York recently and I really liked it, so maybe there.
Is there anywhere else in the U.S. you would want to live?
I really loved Austin, that was my first trip to America. I really loved the culture and the people there. Of course it was during [South By Southwest] so a lot of musicians were in town, but I heard that’s a common thing. I also heard it’s really hot there in the summer, but you can’t know until you try and live somewhere longer than two weeks to say. I loved Austin and I love New York.
How would you describe your personal style?
I guess you could say I have a tomboy style, I don’t wear dresses or skirts or anything that makes me nervous about wind. I’m really into Reebok right now–shoes, and sweaters. I like to be comfortable so that I can move around.
What’s your astrological sign and do you think it describes you well?
Taurus. Every description says that they are stubborn and that is perfect for me.
What do you have coming up?
I hope I will get to LA in October ‘cause I got into Culture Collide Festival, which I’m pretty excited about. And I’m preparing the mixtape I plan to release in the next two months, I hope. And there’s this movie that I talked about that’s still waiting to be released. Always trying to make more songs and perform wherever they want me to.