I first met Sizzy Rocket at one of her tour stops in Dallas, TX about three years ago. Her control over the crowd was awe-inspiring. She has this contagious energy on stage that has the crowd going from thrashing in a mosh pit to breaking down into tears during a soft piano ballad. Her cult is strong and her message is undeniable, but overall, the thing that sticks with me most is her vulnerability. Sizzy is as honest with her fans as she is with herself whether that's for better or for worse, she doesn't hide the tough parts. We talking to the rising star about her new era and being that bitch.
Tell me the story behind "That Bitch."
Sizzy: I wrote it on the floor of my apartment at 3 am, and my self-esteem was low. I didn't know who I was, and I thought, "What song do I need to get off the floor and feel like myself again?" I wrote it in a whisper and bought it to my producer.
What's your best advice on getting over break-ups?
Sizzy: I would say give yourself a lot of love and time and buy yourself flowers. Make yourself dinner spend a lot of time with yourself; it's the perfect time to reinvent and redefine yourself and become whoever you want to be without someone else involved. Dance naked in front of the mirror!
What defines this era of Sizzy Rocket?
Sizzy: This era is about rebellion, confidence, transformation, and stepping into who I am supposed to be as an artist. I feel like for the first half of my career, I was treated as a product with no opinion of my vision, the classic story of a young female artist. It was a similar situation with the relationship I got out of; I feel like I never reached down and pulled out this force of who I want to be and what I want to do. It's about stepping into the artist and the woman I've always wanted to be. It's loud and aggressive but also sexy and feminine. Those two parts of me are opposite but equally present in my work.
Tell me about being a DIY artist; I feel like you're always doing everything.
Sizzy: I feel like last year was the first year I took everything into my own hands. I idolized the riot grrl movement, but I never intentionally thought I was DIY until I started doing it. I put a record together myself, distributed it myself, and booked the tour myself. I realized I loved being involved in every part, not just the music or just the writing or just the visuals.
Your fans are incredibly loyal to you; what keeps that connection?
Sizzy: I think what keeps the loyalty between us is my authenticity. They know when I put a song out, it's the truest version of me. I don't have to try to keep them. It's more about making sure I'm delivering something they can connect to.
What's your best piece of advice to young women?
Sizzy: Don't adopt anyone else's definition of you. It's okay to give yourself space to find out who you are.