INTERVIEW: Lisa Lim
by Cyrus Rhodes
IMD What do you want fans to take from your music?
LL I want fans to be able to take each song and be able to relate to it from their own life experiences. I also want them to recognize and dig the diversity in styles and cohesiveness of how it all intertwines with one another. Iím hopeful that if just for a moment, the music enables them to escape lifeís everyday routine and take them to a fun place! An escape, if only just for a moment. Iím hopeful it will touch their heart, make them move to the beat and give them release.
IMD Who are some of your top musical influences?
LL My top musical influences come from so many places. Early influences ranging from bands like, Cream, Boston, Rush, Heart, Guns Ní Roses to artists like Dar Williams, Willie Nelson, John Hiatt, Sheryl Crow, Carolyn Wonderland. Iíve been listening to so much stylistically. Rock, Blues, Roots, Folk, Jazz. Itís a long list of many amazing bands and solo artists to say the least.
IMD Favorite Guitarists?
LL This is a huge list! I love Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Danny Gatton, Roy Buchanan, Bonnie Raitt, Debbie Davies, Sue Foley, Jennifer Batten, Arlen Roth and on and on!
IMD Whatís the best concert you have ever been to?
LL The best concert I have ever been to was about a year ago when I got to see Lucinda Williams live. She was just amazing! She played for at least 2 Ĺ hours nonstop. Her songwriting and her delivery on stage is awesome! Her band, really delivers the goods too!
IMD Do your remember the first song you ever wrote?
LL I do. No one has ever heard it! We are our own biggest critic! : )
IMD Tell us about your latest CD?
LL My latest release touches on so many experiences and musical styles I have explored over the years. I hadnít been able to really dig into writing and recording the past several years. My mother was very ill and my paternal grandmother was having ups and downs as well with her health. I was keeping a steady performance schedule and trying to be with them as much as possible. It will be two years in July since my mother passed away and itís been a little over a year and a half since my grandmother passed. That chapter closing, saying goodbye to two people that weíre such a huge part of my life, was very difficult. I turned to writing and it truly helped me get thru the grieving process. I tapped into places and music that was deep within me. I found myself pulling from so many musical influences. When I was in the studio during production, my producer, Thomas Johansen, encouraged me not to be reluctant, to just be me. Allow all of those influences to come out. That it was a positive. And not to be preoccupied and stressing about specific styles or borders. So, thatís what I did. And Iím very hopeful that music enthusiasts will appreciate the finished product. This cd release is a new chapter for me personally and musically.
"I want fans to be able to take each song and be able to relate to it from their
own life experiences."
- Lisa Lim -
IMD Whatís it best and worst things about being an artist from your locale?
LL The best things are there are so many amazing musicians to network and work with in the region I reside in. I am centrally located in the middle of being an hour out from D.C., Richmond and Charlottesville. The worst things are, there is not a lot of work in the immediate area where I live. So, I typically have to drive an hour plus north, south, east or west to the closest gigs. Though, itís well worth the drive to play to a room filled with music enthusiasts! That makes up for the drive and then some!
IMD Is there one track that stands out on your latest release that stands out as being your personal favorite?
LL Thatís a really tough question. Iíd say my personal fave, if I had to pick would be, Our River. Itís very close to my heart and was written in celebration of the amazing memories and experiences I had with my parents and grandparents. They taught me a lot!
IMD Whatís the best thing about performing live?
LL Performing live is a blast! I love engaging with the audience. I often will be wireless and go into the crowd and play. People seem to really enjoy it. I also feed off of the energy onstage performing with my band. Being able to take it to a different cool place each time. Challenging each other to tap into our ability as musicians and continue to grow!
IMD Amy touring scheduled to support?
LL I have gigs scheduled throughout 2013 slated in throughout the mid atlantic region currently. Please check out www.lisalimmusic.com for performances scheduled.
IMD Whatís next for Lisa Lim?
LL Good question! Continue performing and growing as a musician and entertainer. Writing new material and expanding geographical boundaries for performance. A work in progress!
interview conducted by Cyrus Rhodes. Property of Indie Music Media LLC.
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