Inside BIZZY’s Musical World: Exploring “I Don’t Get Breakup” and Life on Tour

By Zoe Blakeman

Singer-songwriter BIZZY dives deep into her writing and creative processes on her new EP “I Don’t Get Breakups.” While she just wrapped up her tour with FRENSHIP, she talks about the energy of their tour, how her songs were made, and how they impact others.

BIZZY, originally from Washington D.C., attended Belmont University in Nashville studying music and writing. This unique blend of location, style, and starting out as a peer writer has given BIZZY a distinctive sound in the music world.

Check out an exclusive Q&A with BIZZY below!

ZB: How did your personal experiences influence the creation of “I Don’t Get Breakups?” Can you share more about the inspiration behind this song and its thematic elements?

B: “I Don’t Get Breakups,” the EP, was inspired by one person, which can be fun. It tells the story of my process of our breakup, and it starts with “Just Yet (His Side).” It’s about that sad moment of I don’t want to lose you, I really love what we had feeling, and that turning into realizing you can’t be in this person’s life anymore and you have to cut them off. It sucks, but it’s reality, which is what “Clean Cut (Heartstrings Version)” is about.

Then, it goes to “Spinach In My Teeth,” which is the process of realizing that the relationship was actually not good and I can’t believe I was in it for so long. It’s kind of like the slow peeling of an onion throughout the course of two years of processing our relationship.

“I Don’t Get Breakups,” is a zoom-out moment for me for all of my relationships. Over Christmas break when I went home, I started missing my ex, when before I wasn’t thinking about him at all. When I got home, all I wanted to do was call him and just hang out because he reminded me of home. I remember feeling like this sucks!

So, I sat down and wrote the verse of “I Don’t Get Breakups” on an acoustic guitar, and it was this back-and-forth feeling of hating him and missing him. It was a confusing feeling of I miss you, I hate you, I love you, and then realizing that we went from being together 24/7 to never talking again. That is crazy to me. It just doesn’t compute in my mind. That’s where “I Don’t Get Breakups” stemmed from.

ZB: Transitioning from being a songwriter for other artists to creating your own sound, how did that journey influence your creative process and the music you’re creating now?

B: I’m so grateful I was a peer writer first because I was so scared to write my own music. I didn’t think it would help me in writing my own music, but looking back I’m so grateful I took the time to learn how to co-write and exist in a room with other artists. Once college happened, I moved to Nashville and I got put into the music industry. Being able to be on the side writing for others and still being creative helped me learn room etiquette, talk about my emotions with others, and not feel so insecure around others.

It also gave me a front-row seat to figure out what I liked and what I didn’t like music-wise. I also got to work with a lot of other artists to see who I liked to work with and what I could learn from them. It really shaped me into a better artist and better person. It helped me figure out what I wanted to say and how I wanted to present it to the world.

ZB: You’ve described your music as a combination of vulnerability, authenticity, and a unique production sound. How do you manage to balance these elements in your songwriting and performances?

B: When I write, I don’t go into it looking for a specific sound or for it to be a certain type of song. I go into it trying to peel back all of the layers of any guards I have up and try to find how I feel. Bringing that in and trying to be as vulnerable as possible is what I try to show in my writing. Getting to that place allows me to write lyrics and then find the melodies.

I’m a sucker for when the melodies and lyrics rise together, and it happens naturally through my writing. Doing this leads to my music feeling more honest and giving it an almost diary feel to each song. Growing up, I gravitated toward that kind of music so it’s really fun that I get to make that music now! With those lyrics being so true and so honest, it helps me be able to perform them later. Because these feelings are real and relate to situations or moments where I’ve felt them, I can just dig those feelings up when I’m on stage and authentically perform from my soul.

ZB: Your song “Anybody” gained massive attention on TikTok. How has social media and platforms like TikTok influenced your career and the reception of your music?

B: It’s given me a career which is crazy to think about! I have a lot of friends who hate TikTok and don’t go on it and think it’s time-consuming, but I don’t think I can ever shit on it because it has given me a platform and fans. I’m constantly trying to find a balance between not basing my whole career on social media, but also using it as a marketing tool while I continue to grow and change as a musician.

It’s been great and challenging at the same time. If you have the right mindset about it, though mine teeters all the time, using it as a marketing tool is priceless. It can be detrimental to your mental health, but looking at it positively helps me a lot.

ZB: Can you elaborate on your experience touring and performing live? How do you connect with your audience during your shows?

B: I loved touring so much! This was my first tour and I felt like a little kid in a candy shop. I think I’ve learned more in these past 2 months than I’ve ever learned in my musical career. Things like how to exist, how to perform, and how to be professional and authentic at the same time. Whenever I had shows in the past I never had them back to back. I usually had at least a few weeks between each show, so that gave me a lot of time to practice.

The cool thing about touring is you have shows back to back and you don’t get to have that practice time. It’s such a good way to sharpen your tools and see what works and what doesn’t. It was like a boot camp on how to captivate an audience and have a good stage presence. It was my first time using tracks along with my band so that was another learning curve. Bringing that all to life in the most authentic way possible was so important to me, and having multiple nights to show that off was the coolest thing. I will never get over having fan interactions.

There were countless times when I was singing my lyrics and I noticed the crowd was singing my lyrics back to me! I still get the chills thinking about that. During the song “I Don’t Get Breakups,” there is a pause for the beat where I don’t sing, so the crowd starts doing this little callback. I would say “I Don’t Get Breakups” and the crowd would scream “What?” back to me.

It somehow traveled to each city and was the most authentic thing to happen. I never asked the crowd to do that, they just instinctively did it which was such a fun connective moment for us. Getting to meet fans after being on stage and hearing that my song helped them through a breakup was such a surreal moment for me. Writing a song in my basement and having that actually affect someone is such an amazing feeling.

ZB: Where was your favorite performance?

B: D.C., because it’s my hometown and my whole life was there, and Chicago! Before I played in Chicago people told me that it’s a different city because everyone is a music fan there. I didn’t think much of it but it was crazy. The difference of the crowd in Chicago, compared to anywhere else, brought a different energy and you could feel the true love for music in the room.

ZB: What kind of impact do you hope your music will have on listeners, especially considering its relatable and emotive nature?

B: As cheesy and cliche as this sounds, creating that “you’re not alone” feeling is what I try to create. Being able to deliver that feeling to someone through a song that they can scream brings me so much joy. I try to stay authentic as possible in my music but that’s also what I want to put out into the world. Base level, we are all humans and are all so similar, so being honest about it allows for so many more connections. It’s about understanding that people are all going through the same things, just in different ways.

ZB: Moving forward, what can fans expect from your music in terms of themes, styles, or collaborations?

B: They can definitely expect 2024 to be filled with more music, which is so exciting. I’m excited to try more styles of music and collaborate with new artists. It’s always fun making new music with new people and getting to learn and work with others. With themes, it really depends on what I’m going through. It’ll be like reading my diary about whatever life will give me.

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Make sure to check out her latest music video for “I Don’t Get Breakups” and her visualizer for “Just Yet (His Side)” below!