Interview : version Française | American version
If I looked out and saw only clean shaven young white folks in uniform, I might feel a little bit nervous about it, but I would know that each one of those apparently uniform people had a soul different from any other, and an inner life unique in the universe, and I would sing to that, and that's all !
C : This site mentions some artists who were an influence on your musical sensibility. Are there artists or musical movements today which particularly attract you, or collaborations you would be interested in ?
L : CAMARON DE LA ISLA. His existence is a miracle.
C : You are very close to your family, and implicate yourself frequently in their artistic projects. Painting is also a part of your artistic range, although music is for the moment the aspect of your creativity that is most covered by the media. Are all forms of creativity complementary or are they very seperate ?
L : They are complimentary I think, but not automatically. Working in the circus taught me a lot about that; it was much harder than I thought it would be to integrate singing into a circus show. I also once almost worked with a choreographer to do a show combining a concert with dance…but the project didn't happen because the constraints of the song form were too restricting for the style of the choreographer. It is definitely not easy to combine art forms well. One person who does it very well is the filmmaker Almodovar, who often has a singer, or a dance piece illustrate or just enrich his story. I love Almodovar.
In my family there is a certain pressure to be creative, a certain belief that life without creativity is wasted. In some families it's money, or reputation, or respectability, or success. In my family it's creativity. We're a bit anxious, all of us, all the time, to produce some proof of our human worth. I have a joke with one of my sisters; what did you do today ? Oh, I woke up, ran a few miles, did my breathing excercises, worked on my novel, wrote a song, did some sketches, worked on learning Russian, had a breakfast of fruit and distilled water…but now I need to really get to work !
That doesn't mean we actually DO all of those things, but we really feel we SHOULD be doing them !
C : What are your wishes for the coming year ?
L : I wish that the album we are working on will be as beautiful as it can possibly be. I wish that the U .S. will fail in its plans to make war on Iraq and the people of the world will put their collective foot down and take care of this planet so that life can continue here. I wish everything will get better and better instead of worse and worse.
C : " La Llorona " is a very intimate album, inspired by personal experience. How do you move on from this very complete world which seems to resume your experiences, to a new project ?
L : I'm glad it seems complete, but it's not ! For me, it is a chapter in a book that has infinite pages, that can be read from front to back or from back to front or from the middle. Personal experience is a great mystery ! Even the past can still be changed, depending on our interpretations of things that have happened.
C : Do you intend to tour after the release of your second album ?
L : Yes. I've been waiting so long to let these songs out, now I want to sing them !