Fifi Rong Interview

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Beijing-born, London-based singer, songwriter and producer, Fifi Rong, is back with her brand new EP, ‘Violently Silently’. The contradictory title describes her own genre-bending sound perfectly, which can be beautiful and light one moment, then dark and sultry the next. Creating such intrigue, we grabbed five minutes with Fifi to find out more about what inspires such work.

What can we expect from your new EP, ‘Violently Silently’?
It compares to my previous music as being more deliberate in terms of expressing the “hybrid” nature of my music. Take the journey from track 1 to 5, and you will realise what I mean by ‘Violently Silently’ and what “hybrid electronica” stands for… I used the same set of sound elements, sampled, crafted and re-sampled, to produce a set of songs that people would conventionally consider to be crossing several genres. Track 1 ‘Intro’ is a premix of track 2 ‘Once’ with a sample preview of track 3 ‘Slow Poison’ and track 4 ‘Since When’, and track 5 is a remix of track 4 highlighting the theme ‘Violently Silently’.

Wow, what inspirations and ideas influenced you during the making of the EP?
Generally speaking, just a further demonstration of the hybrid nature of my soundscape and how I am translated musically. An eternal pursuit of the truer expression of the self; what I consider to be the need of an artist.

In what way does it differ from your previous work?
More maturity in my production, it’s more specific and finding identity with my sampling and sound in general. Better songwriting, consistency and continuity in the soundscape and thoughts on a connection behind the thread of the tracks within the EP as an entity.

How does your unique sound set you apart from the contemporary artist?
I came from a complete different tonal framework of eastern music tradition, then slowly adapted into Western music culture as a teenager. That unique blend manifests itself in the music that naturally, unintentionally sets it apart from the rest I suppose.

How was your recent headline tour in China?
Excellent! This year was the first time playing with my own band. I did Beijing, Shanghai, and Zhangbei Festival, which was a new experience and a lot of fun.

What do you like most about playing live?
The rapport built between me and the audience in terms of an energy field that is alive and unquantifiable but very real and unique to the people who are in it.

Will you be touring in 2016?
Yes, but nothing’s confirmed yet, so fingers crossed.