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INTERVIEW: LISHI

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

I’ve been good, I just got back from a trip to Colorado in the US riding horses out on a ranch at the foothills of the Great Sand Dunes National Park about 4 hours south of Denver. It was pretty much one of the best things I’ve experienced. The scenery and wildlife was incredible.

Can you talk to us more about your song “Our Hearts”?

I wrote the song back in 2016. It was around the time of a break up and it’s about that feeling of not knowing where you’re going but trusting that everything will be all right in the end, that the truth will always prevail kind of thing.

Did any event inspire you to write this song?

Besides the break up I think I was really trying to find my freedom as a songwriter and what creating music meant to me, essentially writing about the things that made me feel free.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

Not for this track, I’m very visually minded but I kind of wanted to let people use their own imaginations on this one and making videos normally stress me out quite a bit so I’ll only do one if I really feel strongly that a song needs one.

How was the recording and writing process?

I think I had the chords for this song for a while, I just needed to work out what it was really going to be about. That’s how I normally write, the chords first and then the lyrics come afterwards. The recording was super fun. I worked with a Sydney producer called Xavier Dunn who wanted to create a template of sounds from my favorite childhood films and video games. He would then use those sounds to create beats and other textures. I really enjoyed the process. Recording is definitely my favorite part of being a musician, seeing everything come to life.

What was it like to work with Xavier Dunn and how did that relationship develop?

In terms of our relationship, I heard his work with another Australian artist called Jack River and was super impressed so I got in touch with him and decided that we’d like to work with one another.

How much did he influence the song?

I think it’s definitely got flavors of his style but he really wanted to make it very personal to me, which was cool. It’s a fine balance of trusting who you’re working with but also listening to your instincts. It’s taken me awhile to learn to speak up if something doesn’t sit well with me. Some producers can kind of steam roll you with their ideas and luckily Xavier wasn’t like that.

How has Air and Lorde influence your music?

I think I first fell in love with Air when I heard them on the Sofia Coppola soundtrack for The Virgin Suicides, it was so emotive. I’m often heavily influenced by music in films and I’ll often look up music after I’ve seen a movie that’s really done something to me emotionally. I want that for my music as well, to transport people. In terms of Lorde I’m very inspired by the way she uses words, I love how visual they are, she creates pictures with her lyrics, I love that.

What role does Sydney play in your writing?

I’m actually not that inspired by my city, it’s very beautiful but lacks much depth. I think that’s a big part of why I write and create to be transported to other places.

How’s your new material coming along?

I’m actually having a break from writing at the moment. I’ve been creating music for 10 years so I feel a little burnt out but hopefully it won’t last long!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

No plans on an album but I do have a few more singles which I’m excited for people to hear

Any plans to hit the road?

Not as yet.

What else is happening next in LISHI´s world?

I think releasing these next singles is really my priority at the moment. I’d love to do some more travelling also, it inspires me a lot to experience new things.

Watch – ‘Dropping Back’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NibhYEWxGDs&feature=youtu.be

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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