Hi Krysle, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Can you talk to us more about your latest single Electric Mirror?
I’m excited to share that it has been remastered and mixed again, giving it an ominous edge, with the organ being enhanced.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
No matter where I go, I see mainly teens taking selfies and posing but not living in the moment. I was talking to model Angela Lindvall about the pressures to be present on social media. She’s a real pro but now clients look at how many followers models have on Instagram before even looking at a girl’s book. Can you believe that? I woke up one night when I was on vacation and I had this song in my head, which was talking about electric mirrors and social media. Maybe it was a psychological thing, and this dream came to me because I was conscious that at some point I would have to get on social media for my music. I just felt this dark, electric feeling taking over my body so I had to get up and write the song.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
My press office is currently working to get a 4D animation premiered online. It felt wrong to make a film with real people for a song which talks about vanity and self-adoration being conveyed by an electronic device. The animation has lots of cool glitches, and it’s super hypnotic. It was showcased at the notorious Musée Grevin in Paris. It made sense to have it there, surrounded by perfect wax representations of celebrities. However, on the subject of video – I have an incredible music video that was just shot for another song currently in post-production. Stay tuned!
The single comes off your new album Intravenous Therapy – what’s the story behind the title?
When people listen to the album, they’re listening to a big part of me. In a way I give my all, my blood, my soul in each and every song. I also try to craft lyrics that make you think. So basically it’s a drip of me – just like when you get a drip of medication with a medical treatment, hopefully it heals you and goes straight to your blood. That’s what I hope the music will do. I want to give people an intravenous therapy of my being.
How was the recording and writing process?
The recording of the album took place in Paris; there is this wonderful recording studio that feels like someone’s home. It has a nice patio and rooftop. I didn’t want that city vibe. I wanted everyone on board to feel at home, away from the city stress. Somewhere where they can take a break with no cars around them, even if they are in a city. ” Electric Mirror” was recorded at my friend Angela Lindvall’s house in Topanga Canyon. It’s like a retreat and she was a big inspiration and reinforced the message I wanted to convey about social media. It’s really hard for supermodels. They have to compete with these young girls who have thousands of followers. They are not even professionals; they just pout! It’s a real problem for professionals because clients look at the number of followers you have to book a job, which is not fair for girls who have been modeling for major brands and just come from a different generation where social media didn’t exist. They have already demonstrated what they are worth. The irony of it all is that these Instagram stars want to be like these supermodels. Writing the song was a very fast process – I woke up one night and had it in my head. It was pretty much finished. Just had to materialize it.
What aspect of the social media’s mania did you get to explore on this record?
The pressure of being on it. It’s a full-time job. It’s the same problem for musicians: No matter how good or bad the music is, the number of followers you have is more important. I have also learned that posting a selfie gets more attention than an image that nourishes your mind and teaches you something.
Is this an observational or self-therapy material?
It’s an observation; my Instagram used to be private. Now I’m posting for a lot of people I don’t know. I guess the positive side of it was accepting what I look like, something I always struggled with, and making lots of instant memories for myself. But I do feel narcissistic sometimes and end up falling in the trap of trying to get a good selfie.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes, soon. When the album is out and when I have people that really connect to the music. I want to give myself to people who will appreciate the hard work that is put into this album. It’s also not easy for me to tour. I have a lot of musicians, a choir (8 girls) – it’s basically an orchestra. Visuals are also very important for me. I have some serious set design in mind.
What else is happening next in Krysle Lip’s world?
Taking a little holiday before I start my next project and album. I’m also considering scoring a film, which I can’t disclose at this time. I am also maybe collaborating with the amazing Michele Lamy at Art Basel in Miami. Last but not least, meeting my manager in LA to discuss the release of my album.
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