Li have managed to release three records in a year, made herself a s a
wellknown girl being on a Winnerbäck-song. She get rid of her TV to manage
this…..or maybe this is an explanation anyway. Miss Li answered those
questions in the beginning of November 2007.
How is this possible, three records in a year?
-Wow. I don´t actually know. I get rid of the TV….and then I wrote a
lot of songs. No, that hadn´t so much to do with that
maybe but I got a whole lot of time over to do things instead of being feed
up with a lot of useless information about what I am should be thinking ,
and who I should be… .....
But that I would be doing three records in a year wasn´t anything that I
planned when I sat in my apartment for one a half year ago and tried to do
something on my newly bought piano. This year which have gone…feels
really as three years. It have happened so much that I
almost don´t have the chance to understand it. I have been so full of
inspiration to do things, that I now , a year later have three album on m y
back. I don´t seriously get this myself.
The last album, Songs of a rag doll, have I written
together with Sonny(which is in the band). It feels really fantastic
and we help each other. There I don´t do so good in the
songshaping(or the pianoplaying) he fills in and I do the same thing in his
songs. It have also been really good to have someone to talk with about the
record which I hadn´t on the other records in the same way..
Please tell us what you did before you become Miss Li? Did you play in a
-I was living in Borlänge until two years ago. I played football in my
youth, studied economy on Hagagymnasium. I started to play in different
bands when I was sixteen and I was working as ususal people.
I hadn´t any plans on moving to
Stockholm. It only became so two years ago when one of my best friends moved
to Stockholm. I went the same way and was really fast become a Stockholmer.
I started to work with the taxes for cars in Stockholm( I know…that´s bad)
and I sang a little on the side.
Then, a day I don´t know what
happened. But I felt so incredibly much that I wanted to do music. I wanted
to do music and I wanted to do it on my own. I couldn´t play guitar and I
couldn´t play piano but I didn´t give a damn about that and I bought an
electric piano and started to play
You don´t work with anything else right now?
-No, I was working a little when I released the first album but
after that I realise that I couldn´t have the time to that.
So I am free from work right now on an office, and I hope
that I don´t have to go back =)
How did it happened that you recorded together with Winnerbäck?
-We met when I was playing on a gig with Stefan Sundström. It was a year
ago. Lasse have heard me on TV4 morningprogram and he thought it sounded
good. And then he phoned and wanted me to come and sing with him. And then I
did that. It became later the single "Om du lämnade mig nu". In that
way it is. But it wasn´t too easy to get this together. I
went to Ireland and recorded the rest of the record. But I had also my plans
to record my third record, which did that I couldn´t be on the
Winnerbäck-tour which is going on right now.
It felt really sad not to be on that
but on the other side is it good that I can live on my own music.
Will it be anythng more with him or something similar?
-I don´t actually know if we will do
anything more . We keep in touch and we talk now and then but the future
will tell if we will do anything more. I take a day in the time.
I almost get questions from people every day who wants to
do things. Be guest on different record and so on but I have so much to do
anyway.. Miss Li really takes my time and 111 procent of my energy right now
and now I must wait to do other things.
How do you think that I who is raised with punk likes the
things you do? I don´t like jazz for example?
-Haha, you like it? I become really happy for that!
It´s really fun that Miss Li have such broad audience. On
some gigs it comes everything from 6 year old small girls to 75 year old
men. It´s everything from indiegirls to metalfreaks. Happy people,
sad people(who wants to be happy) . It makes me happy in
whole of my body that so different people likes my music. But it´s
not so peculiar maybe. I have listened to a lot of musc through the years
and Miss Li becomes some sort of odd mix of all different musicstyles.
So I think that everyone maybe can find something they
like in the music.
Whis is your relation to punk?
-I don´t have been some punk, now what I remember.. But I have heard some
things that I liked as Ramones and Sex Pistols and so on and have surely
done a jazzy variant of that. Or maybe you should say a jazz, cabaret-
I have checked some of your videos? Where are they shown?
What´s most funny to do, is it new records or videos to
-I haven´t put so much energy to do videos. It´s almost never so that they
show videos today. It´s so easy to see them on internet so TV have put down
that almost. MTV and ZTV and other stations shows more and more
hypercommercial music as Britney Spears and Beyonce and those things…but
like that is the music industryu really much today. It´s only to understand
that it will not be as it once was…..but I´m not suffering so much for that
fact. I don´t do records for anyone else either.
It´s mostly so that I must write about feelings. As a type of therapy.
When does your next record come? Did you have all of
three records finished from the beginning or how was it? Did you do music
now and then or how was it?
-Haha, shall I be honest so have Sonny and I written
another record…but I have promised myself and my family and friends that I
shouldn´t record for a while. I must try to take care of my distressed body.
Otherwise it´s maybe not be any more records at all, this life anyway =)
I actually don´t write so often as people can think. It´s more so that I go
for a while and then I do 6-10 songs in day. So have I written songs
for every record.
National seems to be happy with you? Are you happy with National?
-Haha, yeah they seems to be happy with me =)
It´s fantastic to have a record company which not says to me not to release
records as often as I do. I don´t think that any other label would have let
me to do that. Now they want to release a Greatest hits on the year day of
the first record. So of course am I satisfied with them. att ha ett
skivbolag som inte hindrar mig från att släppa plattor så här tätt.
Jag tror nog inte att
Whats´the best and what´s the worst of being on a smaller label?
-There´s almost not any money in the record business anymore. It doesn´+t
matter if you´re on a smaller or a bigger label. So I choose to be on a
little just for the personal relation you have with them. On big companys
it´s easier to get unpersonal and as fast as it doesn´t go so good for an
artist they lay down the work with that artist and put all their money in a
new one. You can easy be forgotten and that you don´t become on a little
label. They must be nice to all their artists. They´re a little like
When you sang with Winnerbäck you sang in sweidsh? That´s nothing which is
actual for you? To sing in swedish I mean?
-Not right now anyway. But you never know. I have
a thousand plans and futureprojects in my brain….and that´s maybe be
something in swedish in the future. We will see….... =)
How much do a woman like Miss Li sell?
-Do you mean records? I don´t actually know how much I have sold. The
record business goes so bad now so it isn´t so many thousand records you
sell nowadays….And it´s more downloading I´m, afraid...
How do you see on downloading? Is it good for someone who people hear a lot
of radio but they don´t know so much about?
-It can be both positive and negative, as everything else. The positive is
that many people can listen to you without buying the record. They
recognize songs more when you´re out and play.
But it´s also bad in some way. Even
if you can think that it goes really well for me right now so I have I hard
times to pay my rent and buy food sometimes and then it feels really bad
that so much is downloaded… ..
What shall we do about the downloadingproblem?
-I don´t think there´s so much to do. You just let the development to have
their time. I don´t think that it helps if the police try to hunt people who
downloads music and film and it feels like if the society have bigger
problems that that they should focus on.
How do you think it is to live in sweden?
-I love Sweden……but I am not a big fan of the swedish winter....
Politics and music, is it something which goes hand in hand?
-Absolutely! I think that you should show your opinion!
What do you like the other artists on National Records?
-There´s really much good music on National. All the bands is very tight
and we´re a lot together with Baboon Show and Markus in tarantula waltz. We
listen a lot to Pugh Rogefeldt when we´re out on the roads. And I think that
all the bands as National have released are really good. And the most of
them have a political message which even I can relate to. It´s
leftwingpolitics for them all…
I don´t think that Reinfelt would
book some of Nationals acts on the early christmasparty anyway =)
Please rank your five favouriterecords, five favouriteconcerts and the five
most important things in life?
-Ok...I don´t rank them in any special order. r
Neil Young - Harvest
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
Kate Bust - The kick inside
Van dyke parks - Discover America
Bob Dylan - Desire
I don´t go on concert so often….so I actually don´t know...
The five most important things in life must be
(sounds really clicheé but it must be most important)
(now I don´t can come up with something more...)
(...so I take some material stuff)
A good bed
and a glass of milk
The first, last and most expensive record ever bought?
-The first record I got from my parents when I was having a birthday I
think. It was a LP with Michael Jackson.
The latest I have bought must be Hives latest.
The most expensive……it must be an old vinylrecord with blues from the
40´s….I don´t know what it is named ...
The most embarrassing record in your collection?
-Hm, I have some old Boys To Men –record in my drawers. Not so that it is
embarrassing, but I don´t listen to it…...
The futureplans for Miss Li?
-Tour frenetically in a a month more. And then I will have a little
vacation but in my free time I will do some TV-shows and go abroad and play.
I will take some free time in the grave it seems like. And then I look
foreward a lot to make a new record, hihi, but I must long for a while
because I have promised myself to don´t record it in a while. ….It´s so
good feeling when you have written a song and then record it and listen to
hear how good it sounds.. =)
For you as a human being?
-teach myself to calm down. Learn how to not get a bad conscious so do I
take one day at the time without doing anything.
-Get rid of the TV!
Something to add?
-Yeah, I have precisely read a book which is named Att välja glädje by Kay
Pollak have written. It´s so much easier to live and be happy. .