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INTERVIEW: Bonnie Li

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thank you, and welcome on board the Air Bonnie Li Flight 😉

For those who aren’t familiar with you or your sound yet, how would you describe it?

We play a Dark Trip-Hop / Electronic music, with bewitching vocal loops, piano gimmicks, strong bass lines and weighted electronic beats.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Mallory”?

Mallory talks about a girl I met in a creepy bar in Paris, where she was doing a little striptease performance. It’s an ode to her, a way to tell her to come back to reality and not lose herself. We produced it together with Elia M, using an atmospheric piano intro, developping the song into an uneasy glittering trip-hop. It’s the 1st single of our upcoming 5tracks EP ‘Plane-Crash’, which will be out in October on our label Icons Creating Evil Art.

How did the single name come about?

It’s her real name 😉

Did any event/s in particular inspire you to write the material?

The night we met, when she was stripping, the vibe in that small bar was really creepy. People were drunk and making vulgar jokes. I don’t know if it’s my feminist side, or the empathy I immediately felt for an artist whose performance is clearly not being respected, fact is I felt like I ‘needed’ to protect her. After the show, she came to the bar and we had a drink together. We had a very good feeling, and we then left walked all night long the Parisian streets, while she was telling me her lifestory. Once an accomplished ice-skater, she decided to become a stripper but was clearly surrounded by the wrong people who were taking advantage of her, and she was little by little drifting away. She became my little muse for this song, and I’m happy to say that today she managed to turn her life around, feels great in her skin and we are dear friends.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was super smooth. I think I wrote the track in an hour and we produced it with Elia in a few days.

How different is this new single from your previous material?

It’s more mature, more dark and serious than what I produced before. It’s also the 1st track I produced together with Elia M, whose my music partner in the project. Coming from the industrial and hard techno music scene since the 90’s, he gives me a new vision in production, with a more powerful sound and a darker side in composition.

How does your sound come together live? 2-piece or 3-piece?

We’re a duo. Elia is playing live electronics on stage, using machines, electric guitar and bass and I’m taking care of all the vocals, looping my voice in live creating a choir, different layers of narration, and I also play the sampler and a microbrute. Our machines are not synchronized together, so although we play electronic music, the show really has a live band feel.

Why should people pay attention to you? What’s special about you?

We have quite a specific sound, we tend to keep a lot of dynamic even if the production is almost all electronic, and the combination between Elia’s musical background and mine is unusual yet complimentary. And most of all, we are always very excited to perform live and meet a new crowd.

What else is happening next in Bonnie Li’s world?

The 2nd single ‘I want to run with the Wolves’ will be out late August, followed by its music video and remix (whose artist’s name is kept secret for now..!). The whole ‘Plane-Crash’ EP will be released in the Fall. Parallel to that, we are currently working on the production of our debut album, which 1st single and music video will be out in December on our label Icons Creating Evil Art. So, stay tuned my Lovely Creatures 🙂

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