02. When I’m Alone
03. In Sleep
05. Little Lovin’
07. Loosen The Knot
09. Worried About
10. Look Away
11. Oh Mississippi
12. Needle Starts To Fall
13. This Much I Know
is a young brilliant singer/songwriter from Rock Island, in Illinois.
She recorded last year a five-track EP named "Why You Runnin'"
and then headed to Nashville to record with Jacquire King (Kings of
Leon, Tom Waits, Modest Mouse, Norah Jones...).
The american girl is characterized by a magnificent voice, which
accompanies sometimes rhythmical melodies, sometimes quiet ones, and
can make beautiful covers such as the "Wedding Bells"
Hank Williams, Metallica’s "Nothing Else Matters"
or even the Lady Gaga's "Bad
After a great UK Tour supporting Joshua Radin, Lissie will release her
debut full length album "Catching
, due June 7, 2010 on Fat Possum/Columbia
Interview with Lissie :
S: How and when did all begin
I naturally loved to hum and sing and create melodies as a
child. I had a musical grandfather and think that rubbed off
on me. I did a lot of local theatre and was Annie in "Annie"
when I was 9. So that love of performing continued throughout my
childhood and into my teen years. In high school, I wrote a
lot of poetry and taught myself guitar and began performing at open
mics at a coffee shop I worked at. I went to college for a
bit, did a semester in Paris, moved to L.A. and throughout continued to
find gigs and ways to play my music out. So its just built and built
from there I guess!
S: What are the positive and
negative sides of being a musician in USA?
Well, since the U.S. is so vast, you don't have to go too far to find
different geographic and cultural inspirations... There's also a bunch
of cities with strong arts and music communities. So I guess
it's positive in that you can find a niche that suits you! The negative
might be that because it is so vast, it's a bit more
challenging to break out and be heard amidst all the music that's being
pumped out across the country.
S: Do you feel anxious before a
Sort of, a bit. Not always. Once I'm onstage I feel
very at home though. I like to have a shot of tequila right
before I go onstage, that usually helps! :)
S: What musicians or artists had
an influence in your life and in your work?
Musical theatre influenced me as a child... That it was
realistic to express your life in song. But I've
loved everything from folk, to americana, female singer songwriters,
classic rock, country, rap, hip hop, blues, soul, etc.. since.. it's
hard to pinpoint where the influence comes from. If anything
my childhood, the world around me and my relationships, observations,
and experiences influence me the most.
S: Do you remember what was the
first CD you bought?
Not sure about 1st cd... but I know my first cassette tapes had been my
siblings and I had a Huey
Lewis and The News
tape and Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation
S: Do you think the emotion is
different between a song in English and in another language?
Not necessarily... I think the feeling of the music and the tone and
passion in the singer's voice are what conveys the emotion... the words
supplement the feeling.
S: How could you define the
music of Lissie?
Honest, literal, heartfelt, natural, rock with some tenderness and
S: Do you agree with Victor Hugo
who said :"Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad"?
haha, yeah, there is something self indulgent and sickly satisfying
about sadness... sometimes feeling sorry for ones self. At
least that's what I see it to mean.
S: When you write a song do you
follow your heart, your brain or your hand ?
most cases my heart... if I'm close to finishing a song, but need that
extra push, my brain and / or hand have to tidy it up.
S: What is your favourite song
of Lissie and why?
My favorite always changes. After I've written a song, it'll
be my favorite because it's satisfying and validating to put an entire
scenario of feelings into a concise little package...when it's reason
for conception is still fresh, it's comforting and empowering!
S: As musician, what is your
feeling about Internet?
As both a musician and civilian, I love the Internet. When I
want to cover a song by another artist, I can have the lyrics and
chords in a second. If I want to know more about a topic I'm
writing about, I can research it in a second. In business, I
communicate quickly and see and/ or hear what I'm working on and share
it. As a person, I can read gossip, haha, stay in touch with
friends and access music, films and tv shows that let me shut my brain
off when I've been working too hard! I always buy my music,
subscribe to sites with content, etc... which some people don't
do. It's a shame artists can't make the money that they would with
songs because of the internet but its also an invaluable way to make
people aware of you!
S: You worked with Bill Reynolds
of Band of Horses and Ed Harcourt, how were this collaborations?
Yes, wonderful! both were very easy and natural to create
with. They're both true artists and lovely people as
well. Music just intuitively formed in the process.
S: What are your hobbies aside
I love being at home and making my home a warm environment to be
in. Cleaning, cooking, organizing, decorating, gardening,
etc... I love to hike and be outdoors. I like to go out for drinks
friends... can I call that a hobby? haha!
S: Where would you like to play
in the future, is there a place in the world you would love to visit?
: I want
to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl! :)
S: What is the best moment and
best place to listen to your music?
In the car on a road trip maybe...
S: As our website is related
with Manic Street Preachers maybe can you say some words about them?
I don't know much about the Manic Street Preachers.
know it’s a difficult question, but if you would have to keep
just one album from your CD collection what album would it be?
: I really
like Bobbie Gentry's
"An American Quilt 1967-1974"
S: What was the last song you
listened to before the interview? And, if you know, which one will be
was some music on in the room just now, but I don't know what it
was... I listened to some John Prine yesterday, the song I wanted to
hear was "Spanish Pipedream" and "Paradise"... I'll probably watch the
tv show "30 rock" before I listen to music today.
S: Can you tell us the name of
one French song, or singer, or band?
love love love "Moon
, never gets old!
S: And say something in French?
Je suis Lissie. J'ai habite a Paris pour quatre mois quand
j'ai eu vingt ans!
S: What are your plans for the
Immediate future... gonna make a Sunday roast here in London with a
english fellow I've met. I'm considering getting my haircut
week and in a few days I'm going back to California to shoot a
S: And finally, what’s
the most important thing in life for you?
hard... how about 2...first, my family and then,
time to myself, to get organized, collect my thoughts and to sit in
the sun/ be outdoors.
MANY thanks to Lissie and Helen from Sony Music UK for the interview!
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