My friend and fellow musician, La Liberte aka Zachariah Laliberte, sat down with me for an interview several years ago.

We discussed his creative process.

La Liberte
La Liberte aka Zach Laliberte

He said he “clocks in” and “clocks out” of his composer’s mindset. When he shuts the door to his studio, it’s as if he shuts his mind to everything else.

“Those doors are creaky,” he said, “they’re hard to open.”

Here are some quotes from our conversation:

“The actual writing process, getting out a pencil and paper and writing lyrics down, is never fun. I wish it were easier. I wish there were an easier way for me just to get what’s in my head out and record it. I’d rather just focus on the music and have the lyrics show up.”

“The best way I can describe it is triggers. There’s something that goes on in my head, I think in everybody’s mind, that if you see a picture, it makes you think of something. Or if you hear a song it makes you think of some memory or makes you feel something. For me when I’m songwriting, I’ve had songs that just come out of the blue. I make noise all the time. I’m always tapping my fingers, I’m always humming melodies. Every so often you come across something that you think, ‘That could go somewhere.’”

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