Riiza – Shapeshifter

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Regan McCroskey, USA, 20 years old. I had an average, mid-western upbringing and came to NYC to study musical theatre, where my passion for songwriting and singing grew.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

My stage name is Riiza, which is a combination of my first and middle name. Riiza also comes from the old English pronunciation of the word “rise”. I am more of a songwriter and lyricist than a recording artist, but after writing for some other producers, they agreed to help me create my own EP. “Shapeshifter” is my second single that will also be on my EP.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

My genre is mostly electronic pop, but I want to make all different kinds of music from all different genres. This song, “Shapeshifter” is about letting go of people in you life who have abandoned you. I wrote this song based on something I was going through with someone I love deeply. It is so hard to let go of people you love who don’t love you back. That includes friends, family, significant others, things like that.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

Breaking into the music and I’ve only been committing myself 100 percent in the last year, because songwriting was a passion I never knew I had until I met a producer and he gave me a song to write. It’s been hard for me because I love working on songs all the time and its tough to find great people to collaborate with, but these things take time.

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 Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

I had two producers work on this song with me, Yites and Dakota Lillie. They are my good friends and have been so supportive in the creation of my EP. We made “Shapeshifter” in Brooklyn in Dakota’s personal studio and it was awesome. We always have a lot of fun all recording together.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I have been in the industry for a year, It is been wonderful and my goals are to always be able to write and meet some great people while doing it.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

I listen to the songwriting greats, like Judy Collins and Joni Mitchell, but I also highly respect artists like Halsey, Lorde, and Sabrina Claudio. I love listening to successful women in music making incredible art.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I think the secret behind making a hit song is listening to celebrated artists and studying why and how they did well. I constantly listen to songs and think about their song structure and lyrics.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

Well, if i have any fans, I would just like to say thank you for listening to my songs! I am so glad people are listening and enjoying “Shapeshifter”.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

My advice would be to just learn to perfect what kind of art you want to make and then find the right team to create it. Its all about who you know and how their skills can benefit you and how you can benefit them.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

My new EP “Say Hello” comes out in November, I can’t wait for everyone to hear it!

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

Eternity network has “Shapeshifter” on their Sunday Selects playlist!

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

I write with my gut. I usually write a first draft within a half hour, and then edit slowly. I find inspiration everywhere. On the subway, in the shower, during a class. So i take notebooks everywhere with me and have millions of voice memos.

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Name five biggest artists that you look up to like idols.

Sara Bareilles, Halsey, Lorde, Judy Collins, and Joni Mitchell.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

I have worked with Yites, Dakota Lillie, and Sub Lush. I would love to write for artists like Sabrina Caudio, Sigrid, or even pop artists like Demi Lovato or Charli XCX.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

Website:

https://www.reganmccroskey.com/riiza-home

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/riiza_liz/

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/riizamusic/

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

They can listen to my stuff on Spotify. Here is the link.

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

My happiest day was the day I got my acceptance papers to college to come to New York and my saddest day was the day I had to leave home to come to the city, but it all worked out for the best!

 

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