Adventure in Pixie’s Wonderland
Are Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston your music idols?
Yes, I grew up listening to their songs. They had great influence on me. I love those singers with charming voices.
Who is your favorite singer?
Whose songs do you listen to a lot recently?
Like what I just said, I really love Otis Redding and his albums express a lot about himself. I listen to him very often and I love every song of his. His voice’s really charming. I listen to These Arms of Mine a lot these days. I really love him very much. If you mean recently, I love listening to Lorde’s Royals. (She is quite popular these days and very young.) She is only 16.
What kind of TV shows would you like to watch when you’re not working?
Since a very young age, every day I wake up in the morning lying in my bed or having my breakfast, at the mean time I’d love to turn the TV on and watch Friends. I’ve watched it many times but still find it interesting.
You once referred you would like to travel in Asia in an interview?
I hope so. I love Asia. It’s one of my favorite tour destinations and I’d really love to travel here. I hope after releasing this album, people here will like me through it.
What do you usually do to relax?
I often go to play with my friends, eat outside together or have a party. I also love going to a hot spring bath and doing a massage. Actually I just did one yesterday (massage). The way they do massage is quite different here and with a reasonable price. Yes, I love massage.
Whose concert did you see recently and found yourself enjoyed it very much?
Recently I went to… I can’t quite remember, let me think, I’ve seen a loads of that but recently whose did I see? (So how about which is the best concert you’ve ever seen?) The best concert I’ve ever seen is Stevie Wonder’s concert. It was really good. I also remember when I was 15 I went to see Maria Carey’s concert in New Jersey, just not long before I also went to Beyoncé’s concert, which was great too. Recently I saw one of a new band’s, they’re really young, with three members, the oldest one only 18, and others only 14 and 15… They are so young. I was thinking they’d sing something popular but it turned out to be nothing like that. I saw them playing guitar and saw their live performance. It was really amazing and I guess that’s a really good one I saw recently.
You said you enjoy doing live shows. Can you share some interesting details on stage with us?
When I started performing at clubs every late night, we drove to north England to do some night shows. For several times when I was performing, the music suddenly stopped so I was left on the stage to entertain the audience. And the only thing I could think of was telling jokes, just like a talk show, so we can make it feels easier and actually it was quite fun.
You once did a collaboration with Korean singers G-Dragon. Do you personally like Asian pop music like K-Pop?
Yeah. I like it very much. When I first came to Asia I was quite obsessed with it. I think Asian pop music culture is really great and also quite different from the music I’m familiar with. When I got the chance to collaborate with Bigbang, I thought it was really great. We also met in Japan after that. They are really nice.
Do you know anything about Chinese pop music?
Not really but that’s what I’m going to do next. I need some time to know it better. Can you recommend some Chinese artist? I will search it later. (We recommend ZHANG Huimei.) How to spell her nick name? A-Mei? Good, I will web search her.
You released your first album at the age of 18 and the second one at 20. What do the two albums mean to you?
Some of the songs of my first album was recorded when I was 14. I spent 4 years on that album. Between 14 and 18, I experienced a lot of things. So, to me, it shows many different aspects of myself. The last song of my second album was completed by 20 or 21. I can’t quite remenmber but I did many interesting new tries during that time and even my appearance changed a lot. I also tried some more characteristic hair styles to express myself more. It’s a mishmash. But this one is completely about expressing myself. It’s still a modern album but more mixed with 60’s vibes. I think this album expresses more of myself than the first one.
Your third album is more of Motown style?
Yes, I was inspired from it. This is a new try, very fresh. It’s definitely influenced by that kind of music.
Where does your writing inspirations come from?
I enjoy the process of writing and recording songs. At first I got nervous because I need to express my minds and see if people would accept them. When I finally got into there, I got more and more devoted to it and enjoyed it so much. Till now, I’ve been writing songs for 9 years.
Do you write about your personal experiences?
Yes, of course. Like what I used to said, I love soul music, which is full of emotions and some is really sad. So some of the songs in this album are very emotional but still there are a few interesting ones. But in general this album is definitely full of emotions.
This alum is sending out the message of feminism but also happiness and full of imaginations. What power are you trying to show by combining both of them?
I think it’s good to send out this message because ‘girl power’ makes people feel more delightful.
Doing live shows and recording in a studio, which form do you find yourself might be less confident about?
I fear neither of them. Because I’m doing what I love and I find it comfortable.
When you are performing live shows, would you like singing or dancing better?
I love dancing. (Or does that depend on the song you are singing?) If it’s an up-beat song I prefer dancing. I’d love to dance when it’s a song with a music video, which is more interesting. But when it is a live concert, then I need to sing more. Actually you can hear more vocal in this album. But I prefer standing there and singing. I’m enthusiastic about singing.
The last two album have many dance-pops and ballads with beautiful melodies. Will your third album continue this style?
Like what I said, the style of this album is consistent, not a mishmash of different music styles. There are fast and slow songs in there, which expresses a lot about myself and uses more of my voice.
When is your third album to be released?
At the beginning of the next year.
Do you know the exact time?
I don’t know the exact time. I suppose it’s during the Christmas, the first week of January.
When you released your first album, were you planning some certain height of your career?
I didn’t know what was going to happen, but I hope more people will like this one. I love doing lives and I also want to perform and travel in different places so that more people can hear me sing.