Premiere: Phöenix Lazare Gives You Strength in "Defeat"
Phöenix Lazare’s new single is a beautiful musical illustration of the phrase “keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.” Stemming from a time in her life when she felt crushed by the weight of the world, “Defeat” is a warm anthem that will wrap you up during a time in your life when you need to be reminded of your strength and resilience.
In “Defeat,” Phöenix personifies a feeling that has the ability to extend onto so many different branches of emotion. This sort of writing is no easy task, but she describes the songwriting process as a natural and fluid moment of understanding. A moment when she stopped fighting the feeling and allowed it to be her closest ally in the creative process.
“When I sat down to write that day, I knew I wasn’t going to be writing a happy song because of where I was at the time. I knew I was feeling defeated, but I didn’t know where the song was going to go. As soon as I thought of putting a face to the feeling of ‘defeat’ though, it just came out naturally.”
Shortly after bringing “Defeat” to life, Phöenix brought her new anthem into her songwriting class at Berklee College of Music (where she had a songwriting scholarship), and allowed it to be nurtured into its full potential by Professor Melissa Ferrick, who is known for providing guidance in her classes without shutting down the inspiration of the writer. The song became the epitome of how Phöenix describes her overall sound: "a warm blanket of sound."
“I may bruise but I don’t bleed,
Cause little does he know,
I’m stronger than my weakness.”
No matter where you are in life right now, Phöenix’s new song has the power to gently guide you to a headspace of strength, positivity, and clarity while making your world a bit more beautiful.