Listen Lisse is currently a female fronted 2 piece band. Members include songwriter Lisa McKendrick and drummer/bassist Mardi Williams. Lisa was born in New Zealand and now lives in London.
What kind of music is it?
Apocalyptic Art Rock., a fusion of the types of music which I relate to. I like to take the best things out of the different genres and experiment a bit. I love the attitude in punk music but also the mystery in folk music and the beats of rock music and 80's rock/pop.
What is your approch to music?
I like story telling in music, to be able to tell it how it is but to also create new stories based on real or fictional people. I write a lot of songs and record the best songs when they feel ready. It can take me a few hours to write a song or it can take a few months depending on when the song feels right.
I recorded my latest album Sunset Over Cairo onto tape at the Cowshed Studios. I wanted the album to have a live quality and to keep it sounding fresh. Recording at the Cowshed Studios was a blast as it is one of the last remaining analogue studios in the country with a great relaxed atmosphere. Other artist who recorded there include: Queen Adreena, The Cesarians, Marcella Detriot, Pixie Lott and more.
My first album It's Not You was recorded during a 5 day session where I isolated myself from the outside world and focused completely on the music. The result was an album that I am proud of and which features the songs Fabricate, Judas and Time of the Day.
The process of recording music is important to me. I like to capture the performance within the 1st 3 takes and don't like to record the same thing over and over because I think that kills it. Sometimes I will radically change a song just before recording it just to keep it sounding fresh.
What about playing live?
I play live solo using loops, guitar and sometimes a stomp box. I have songs which I play slightly differently each time. I loop vocals live creating layers to the music. I have a set-list as a rough guide but play whichever song will work next and like to improvise sometimes.
My music videos
I've done a handful of music videos which are experimental and explore the song visually. I like to make a video for a song using visual layers and narrative. I use a guerrilla style of film making where I use simple props and costumes and use whatever is available to make the video on a low budget.