Moving North, towards Toronto, meet Chinawoman who decided to settle in Berlin a couple of years ago. The singer-songwriter, with a hint of 90s Leonard Cohen in her voice, fascinates on stage with a mix of mature steadiness and fragile energy. Her music could illustrate Kierkegaard’s philosophy of death and seriousness, grave, deep, but with a certain disenchanted distance – maybe, and always thriving to do its best, never fails to move its listeners.
Some facts: from Toronto, Canada, started making music 6 years ago.
Number of gigs: 60
Number of tracks produced: 2 albums, 2 singles
Other influences: My life as an economist, my life as a hippie, relatives on Hi8, imperfect love, romantic friendships, Saturday morning ballet class, anything on the beach, the sentimental, the inevitable.
LSD: How do you compose your set list for a live show?
C: Make sure to begin and end well, and keep it moving in the middle.
LSD: Is there much space for wishes from the audience?
C: The songs and sequence won’t change much but the delivery and experience can vary greatly depending on the vibe. An engaged audience will make a performer blossom. An engaging performer will make an audience blossom.
LSD: Is there a special tune you always start or finish your gig with?
C: Lovers are Strangers is the first song off my first album and feels like the beginning. And I usually end with Party Girl which is my most well-known song.
LSD: How do you get yourself ready before a gig?
C: Silence, vodka, and the reminder: “It’s not about the notes”.
LSD: What is special when playing in other countries, when you prepare for the journey, the flights, etc.?
C: Don’t forget any adapters, keep the bags under 20kg, bring a facemask and your vitamins.
LSD: A shortened list of gigs from America to Berlin:
C: Toronto, Moscow, St Petersburg, Bucharest, Oslo, Copenhagen, Warsaw, Belgrade, Paris, Vienna, Istanbul, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Munich, Hamburg, Dresden, Leipzig, Lärz (Fusion), Berlin…
Chinawoman’s music in black and white videos: