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Meet Lisa Pizza Vasquez of Pizza Stains in San Gabriel Valley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lisa Pizza Vasquez.

Lisa Pizza, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I guess it all started for me when I was a teenager. I had always been artistic and creatively crafty since I was a child, but my true passion for music began when I was in high school. I was heavy into the grunge sound of the 90’s and I developed a deep connection to rock music. So much that I started playing bass guitar when I was 16. Though I never actually joined a real band until I was in my 20’s. Two bands and a few years later I finally started my own musical project. The band I always dreamed of, consisting of only two instruments, bass guitar and drums. So in the Spring of 2017 my bandmate, Ian (drums), and I became “Pizza Stains.” We played our first show that Summer on my Birthday. And we have been playing a variety of bars, venues, and events all over the Los Angeles area ever since.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Ironically, what led to the creation of Pizza Stains was because I was dealing with some personal obstacles and challenges myself. I had been depressed for a while after I graduated from art school and really needed a positive way to deal with my feelings. I know it sounds very clichéd, but I was in a really dark place and needed an outlet. Getting back into playing music and starting a band was the perfect way. It was my way out of depression. I always tell people that Pizza Stains is my therapy, haha… That being said, it has been a smooth road compared to the road I came from. Of course it’s not perfect and there is definitely some challenges and struggles. Though a lot that has to do with me and my anxiety. Don’t get me wrong, I love playing shows because I love playing bass. However, I still always get super nervous when I have to perform for an audience. I’ve never liked being the center of attention, so performing in front of people is a challenge every time. I owe a lot to Ian for putting up with it and sticking through to continue creating music with me. We are totally grateful and lucky for every show we get to play, and share our music with others. We are grateful for every opportunity we get.

Applause for Ian, what a great guy.  We’ve interviewed so many people over the years and one of the things we’ve learned is that almost everyone gets nervous – the key is pressing on.  It’s awesome that you’ve had the support in place to keep going.  What else should we know about Pizza Stains?
I like to think that Pizza Stains is also an art project as well as a band. Since the beginning I knew that I wanted to incorporate and relate different kinds of art into the band. So all our designs and band merchandise is created by us and made by hand. We even make our own pizza piñatas to have as props on stage. The piñatas are not only our way of trying to be artistic but also our way of having a connection and representation of our Mexican background. When I first thought of the name for the band, I liked it so much because it gave us a reason to have a pizza theme. It also allowed me to keep using my radio DJ name “Lisa Pizza.” So I decided to use that theme and take it as far as I could. Our most popular merch item has been the Pizza Stains “Delivery Boy Hat”. It even played an important role in our first music video for our song “Ya No”.

Aside from the fun pizza theme, what I think truly sets us apart is the fact that we are a rock band consisting of just bass guitar and drums. It’s untraditional, therefore it’s rare. Also, the fact that the front person is a female. For some reason people seem really impressed by that. In addition, our lyrics are in Spanish. So when you put all those factors together, I think it’s like, oh snap, that’s awesome! Audiences just don’t expect that, and I think that truly makes our band special. I think that really sets us apart from a lot of other bands.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
This is an interesting question, hmmm… I will say that Pizza Stains has been incredibly lucky to have been able to play as many shows as they have. Lucky to be able to have the time and the means to keep playing for as long as we have. I feel lucky to have musician friends who are super supportive of us and have given us so many opportunities to have us play alongside of them. Being able to create music and play music in front of other people is a privilege that I don’t take for granted. Sometimes it makes me feel like the luckiest girl in the world, hehe.

Pizza Stains next show is October 19, 2019 at Tierra De La Culebra, Highland Park, Vomit in the Park 2 festival 12pm-8pm Free, all ages. For more information visit Pizza Stains Instagram page instagram.com/pizzastainsband

Pricing:

  • Pizza Stains Hat $6
  • Pizza Headband (handmade) $20
  • Pizza Stains Pins $1

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Image Credit:
David Castellanos, Sam Loera

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1 Comment

  1. Michael Williams

    October 26, 2019 at 20:17

    I’m bringing pizza to the next show!!!

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