Singer, songwriter, and producer Samanta Liza recently released her debut album, Days Of E.N.D. The album is a collection of journal entries, deep reflections, and therapeutic studio sessions built into a commentary on the importance of relationships.
Speaking about the inspiration behind Days Of E.N.D., Samanta Liza says, “There are few things in this world that matter more to me than my relationships - both romantic and platonic.
Tapping into my own story and the stories of others, I explore what it truly means to let yourself feel. Being an empath is both exhausting and energizing at the same time. But my connection to others keeps me alive and propels me forward. It is because of people that I feel excited. They give me purpose. Through this album, I hope to showcase the power of people. The power of understanding your emotions. And the power of introspection.”
"I Don't Regret You" is a song by Samanta Liza about a past relationship. The song is about the singer regretting the relationship and the things she overlooked. The song is sad and regretful but also has an attitude that wins despite being betrayed.
The song is well written and performed, it arouses a paradox that will catch the unsuspecting listener between a feeling of betrayal and fondness. Today, experience “I Don’t Regret You” on your favorite streaming platform.
Welcome to Buzz Music, Samanta, and congratulations on your latest release, “I Don’t Regret You.” What was the story or inspiration behind “I Don't Regret You?”
Thank you! I Don’t Regret You is a reflection on a past relationship that turned out to be both superficial and significant. I realized that there is no reason to regret it because the relationship was meaningful in its own way and served a purpose. It was a learning experience, and that is not something I’d ever regret. There’s also this secondary theme which is that of trusting your instincts - both with someone else and yourself. I’ve been leaning more into trusting my own instincts lately! Can’t say I regret that either.
Do you feel the song allows listeners a window to your emotions while writing?
Yes, absolutely. When I’m writing, it has to be about someone or something meaningful. And if I am not writing about my own experience, then I have to at least imagine myself in someone else’s shoes. The ability to tap into your - or someone else’s - emotions is potent. To let yourself feel, to surrender, and reflect on it, to learn and grow, is truly an amazing experience.
What's the message you'd like people to take away from "I Don't Regret You?”
Trust your instincts
Work through and learn from your regrets
Don’t live in the past
Tell us a little about your journey. What would you tell yourself ten years ago?
Oh, man. My journey has been an interesting one! Where do I start? I spent most of my childhood in Sweden, where we lived on a horse farm for the most part. I loved performing even back then. For one of my birthday parties, my dad built me a stage so that I could perform at my own birthday party. (Love you, papa!). We left Sweden when I was 12 years old, moved to England, and shortly after moved to Kuwait. I went to an American international school in Kuwait, where I participated in talent shows. I started writing music when I was 13 years old. I was self-taught on the guitar and learned enough to accompany myself while singing. By the time I was 16, I had gone to boarding school in Florida, where I attended North Broward Prep School. I was still writing music for fun in my downtime. During the summer of 2012, I went to Stanford for a summer program where one of my classes was Classical Voice. While classical singing was not my cup of tea, it was fun to learn something new and different. I went to NYU Shanghai for college, which ultimately brought me to NY. My writing started to get really good in college. I was more emotional and more creative. Once I got to NY, however, I didn’t write as much. I got caught up with college, hanging out with friends, and then I started working. I took 2.5 years off of college to work in design and research for a tech company. These were my least creative years, musically speaking. I wasn’t feeling very inspired. I didn’t write a lot. Come 2020, Covid hits. We are in a global pandemic. At first, I was afraid (I was petrified! Lol). No, but in all seriousness. I didn’t go out at all. Stayed at home. Where I felt safe. At this point in time, I was already working for Equinox as a UX researcher. I was studying for my CPT (to become a personal trainer) and leading online fitness classes. Come summer and late 2020, my personality changed. I went out more. Met new people. Partied and had fun. I was spending more time around music and musically inclined people. I started to drum with a DJ. Eventually, I was drumming with him at Elements Music Festival, where I was chatting with this guy who asked me, “why don’t you just learn to DJ and do it all yourself?” To which I had no answer other than, “fuck yeah, why not? you’re right!” I end up going to Tulum and getting Covid like everyone else who went there in late 2020. Locked up with Covid, I enrolled in Lee Foss’s online music production course (where I met Sivz!). Fast forward to October 2021, and I’m releasing a collaboration with my now dear friend Panté on Armada Electronic Elements. Fast forward to summer 2022, and I’m releasing my debut album on my record label, But Did You Dance. So yeah, it’s been a wild ride. A lot of fast learning and discipline. A lot of late nights and anxiety. A true hustle. I don’t know if I would tell 17-year-old me anything specific. If I had to say something, though, I guess it would be to be more patient and intentional. I thought about telling myself to not study physics as a major and waste 1.5 years of college on a horribly average GPA. But I actually still enjoyed learning about things like quantum mechanics and astrophysics, so I don’t mind that I spent 1.5 years trying to be something that I’m not. I still learned something, and I enjoyed that.
What's next for you?
More music-making! I’ll be going to Burning Man this year, and it’s going to be my first burn, so I’m very excited about the impact that experience is going to have on my creativity. I would love to find someone to go on tour with. Someone who I can vibe with personally and musically. Someone whose fans will appreciate my music. I will know who that is when I meet them.