"For me, what I do is about giving birth to an idea. I become obsessive about my ideas. I dream them; they live inside of me. But to be able to stay true to your vision until the bitter end? That's success – there's nothing higher than that." Her eyes light up. "Everything else is just bullshit."
-- Lykki Li, interview for The Observer, 30 March 2014
Personally I can’t place why I’m a fan of hers, but I suppose if I must say, then it has something to do with that trademark nostalgia to her sound. It speaks of things past – what we can never get back again, and this is evidenced within some of the song titles – ‘I Never Learn’, ‘Just Like a Dream’ and ‘Never gonna Love Again’. I was only introduced to her late (comparatively) via her second studio album ‘Wounded Rhymes’. The first song I heard was ‘Rich Kids Blues’ and the landmark ‘I follow Rivers’ which had an arguably longer life span thanks to the many dance remixes around (most notably by that of DJ ‘The Magician’).
She says touring often pains her, where she was once even diagnosed with PTSD, because in reality, she’s an introvert, so becoming a pop star was probably not the best thing for her, health wise.
Coming Soon: Her latest Album 'I Never Learn' (see cover art below) makes its world debut on 5 May.
"My first album was about the beginning... the second is about wondering where to go to from here." and the 3rd; the completion of her trilogy - "The ultimate aim was to do something stripped back. It's the ultimate task..., so you're not hiding behind anything"
"I used to get really sick. I would go to the doctor with all these ailments and they would tell me I needed to be at home. I didn't even really understand what that meant, because since I was a baby I've always been moving, moving, and then touring. And then the advice was, 'Get an apartment, get some plants, cook some meals in it', and then I realised: my soul needed to be nurtured. I needed to have a home. Of course!" -- on touring
"I grew up really reading a lot of rock ‘n roll biographies and so I kind of knew what I was in store for. I could imagine it all. You know, Nina Simone, she couldn’t even get into Juilliard because she was black. So getting off booed off stage was really nothing compared to that! I just got through bad experiences and I did what I had to do." -- On getting booed of stage in her first performance.
“It's not a very sane thing to try to be great all the time. You want to make something magical; you want to make something wonderful; you want to give to everybody; you want to heal people; you want to still be inspired. That's not easy.”
-- Lykke Li
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