Interview with

Lisa Alma

Lisa Alma blends her soothing voice with tranquil piano chords and pulsating electronic beats to create an encapsulating dream-pop universe. Her self-titled album’s melodramatic aura puts a contemporary spin on ’80’s pop music. Intoxicating sounds and contemplative lyrics produce a sense of depth on her powerful debut album. Her work in the field of performance arts and photography has invoked a sense of transcendental music that permeates multiple mediums. Her incorporation of film and photography help to further realize her already powerful musical message. Lisa Alma is a modern composer and possesses an enchanting voice that together with her low-fi productions creates a dreamingly soundscape. In 2013 Lisa Alma released her self-produced debut album “Lisa Alma”. With the release of her new EP “Oh Darling, Let’s Be Adventurers” (2014) she’s leading the way towards her second full length album “Sweater” released 21st April 2015. In the fall 2013 she toured the US supporting Ólafur Arnalds (IS), Federico Aubele (ARG) and played showcases like CMJ in 2013 and SXSW in 2014.

Facts

1:  Sweater is a new word

2:  Love instead of politics

3:  Cycles instead of cars

Questions

What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Music. People around me. Heartbreak(s). Life outside the window.

How and when did you get into making music?
I started paying violin when I was 7. I starting playing around with songwriting on the piano and guitar when I was a teenager. I studied music production in London when I was 18 and then I studied musicology at uni when I got back to Copenhagen. During uni I started producing my own stuff.

What are your 5 favourite albums of all time?
Sade – Lovers Rock
Joni Mitchell – Blue
Lauren Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Portishead – Dummy
Feist – Metals

What do you associate with Berlin?
Real hard partying. Concerts.

What’s your favourite place in your town?
After a night out in Berlin I remember falling asleep under a tree in a park with some friends just before sunrise. I don’t remember the name of the park but that specific park is my favorite place in Berlin.

If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
Impossible. I can’t even imagine. I guess I would be a magician or making images.

What was the last record you bought?
Chinawoman – Party Girl

Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Cat Power

What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
Le Poisson Rouge, NYC (as performer)
Feist on her Metal Tour, in Berlin (as spectator)

How important is technology to your creative process?
Totally important. My computer is my work station when I record and produce. That’s how I write music via producing. It’s so easy.

Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career?
I have two older brothers who are really supportive. One of my brothers are also a music producer and he helps me with the final mix and master.

Our Favourites: Man  | Oh Darling  Bittersweet

Links: Soundcloud  |  lisaalma.com

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