1. Tell us a bit about your background. What made you want to pursue music as a career?
It was never really a decision because I have somehow been doing music since young. I started performing in church when I was little, and was involved in a lot of music performances growing up – that was how I came to love it. I would join my school’s talent contests, sing at weddings, play in a junior music ensemble or a Christmas musical etc and that provided me with some exposure in performing. It was only after working with other local artists/musicians the past 3 years that I realized this was going to be the thing I want to do for a long time. Well, to keep myself entertained and challenged, I have just started my own project and it sure is scary and exciting!
2. What is one song that you never get tired of playing?
Alicia Keys’ If I Ain’t Got You. I don’t know why but it has been my go-to song for a long time – actually I think maybe it’s because my Mom always tried to get me to sing at every wedding we attended, and that song was always the first that came to mind. I grew to love the song so much; I feel that my vocal style has taken to that of Keys’ – some of my friends would even call me Alisa Keys, haha
3. What is your most memorable performance so far?
Playing the cello parts for Charlie Lim’s Light Breaks In at the Esplanade Concert Hall for the HOUSE OF RIOT show last year in June. I am extremely grateful to have experienced that moment.
4. What is your favourite Audio-Technica microphone and how is it working out for you?
I am currently using the dynamic microphone, Japan-only model ATM98 and I am lovin’ it! It captures a balanced range of my voice and it is so easy to achieve a comfortable monitor sound. I have been using it with KINGS SG at Hive on Tuesdays and The Hashtags at Red Dot Brewhouse (Boat Quay) on Saturdays.
Lisa Haryono using ATM98 during Coffee Festival 2016 with LEW.
5. What is the greatest challenge in your work?
Maintaining an inspired state of mind and keeping a genuine heart. I believe that music is food for the soul and once inspiration is gone, so is your soul. I always want to play/sing songs that are true reflections of who I am, or what I want to say. But we all know that would be every musician’s perfect world and there is no such thing. Well, for whatever reason that it could not be perfect, we always try to balance things out.
6. How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Excitable, Nocturnal, Hibernation-prone (haha!)
7. What differentiates you/your band from other musicians?
I have a lot less time for my creative expression as I hold a day-job. It makes every opportunity (to be creative) really precious.
8. What/Who are your musical inspirations?
- Alicia Keys, I guess having sung If I Ain’t Got You a million times had help shaped my musical identity.
- John Mayer, he writes songs and tells stories with such emotional depths. I want my listeners to connect with my music the way John Mayer’s music connects with me.
- Lalah Hathaway, she shows me that the lower vocal range could sound sexy too.
9. What are your plans for the future?
I am currently writing my own music and planning to get it recorded once I have enough materials. I hope to bring this somewhere in the future.
10. Any parting tips for aspiring musicians?
If you love it and you know you can do it, just whack ah!