At just 18 years old, born-and-raised Brazilian Lysa da Silva aka Lyzza is taking over Amsterdam’s experimental club scene. She’s become a familiar face during the radical club nights at Progress Bar and recently showed off her skills during Sonic Acts alongside like-minded names such as Le1f. The ascending DJ-slash-producer allows people to reclaim their own bodies through her heavy club beats, turning each venue into a true safe haven for everyone to move freely and with conviction. We caught up with the young talent to talk Body Politics.
Would you say your work is related to body politics?
Maybe not directly, as music isn’t something you can actually see and I don’t go around singing “DO WHATEVER YOU WANT WITH YOUR BODY” when I produce something… But I definitely think my work promotes being as comfortable as you want to be in your body, and dancing and moving in whichever way feels best to you (as long as you don’t insult/harass the people around you).
Do you see your work as a form of protest?
I tend to want to create safe spaces for people to dance in while DJing… So I like to use songs that have lyrics like “shake your ass or back it up” etc. that allow people to reclaim their own bodies and do whatever they want on the dance floor. There’s this track I always spin that says: “It’s my pussy, I can do what I want, I’m a big girl now!”. So yeah, I definitely think it might be a form of protest; especially because girls usually get a lot of bad rep when they want to twerk or shake their ass in the club. I want people to not have to feel like that when I’m spinning.
What impact do you think social media have on shaping our ideals of beauty?
I definitely feel like social media have a huge impact on our ideals of beauty… It’s all around us and people usually get their inspiration from it. I used to feel like social media were a bad thing because we used to see a lot of really “perfect”and ideal bodies everywhere. But I feel like a lot of younger people have switched things around by, for example, starting the body-positive movement on Twitter and Instagram.
Do you believe your body limits you in any way? If so, (how) do you try to overcome this?
I’ve been very insecure about my body ever since a young age. I don’t think my body actually limits me because it’s healthy and it does whatever I want it to. It’s more my mental state of being that tells me I can’t do things or wear things because I think I look a certain way.
Where do you get your body confidence? Do you think it is possible to be 100% confident in your own body?
Definitely, from people around me trying to love themselves and seeing people around me accepting themselves and finding peace in the way they look.
What advice would you give to your younger self, regarding body positivity?
To not spend hours and hours online looking at other people’s bodies and trying to look up crazy diets. It’s honestly suchhhh a waste of time and it doesn’t make you any happier (you will not be able to hold yourself to a diet for more than a week, anyways—and you’ll only disappoint yourself). You look great.
What does femininity/masculinity mean to you?
Not that much really, it’s a pretty outdated concept to me and I feel like you should do and wear or act in whatever way feels comfortable to you.
As a young artist, what do you daydream about?
Too much to be honest: future plans, music, goals and dreams. If I daydreamed a lot less I’d probably be closer to realising all those things I daydream about to be honest (haha).