"The Walls Will Vibrate In Rhythm With the Music" -Q&A With Danish Electronica Artist Lydmor Ahead of Apr 18 DDC Gig
She's got the voice of an angel, but the look of a robot. Specifically, rising Danish electronica artist Lydmor (playing DDC on Apr 18) worked with a professional body paint artist to coat her skin with glowing, circuit board like temporary tattoos for the music video for her song "Money Towers." The track's instrumental sports synths that pulse like neon, as Lydmor coos about hoping to hold onto the memories of pivotal night on the town. After listening to the track for a few moments, you'll quickly see why critics have compared her to both Kate Bush and Grimes. The song is one of many highlights on her new LP , which was inspired by her 2016 China tour and the months she spent holed up in Shanghai after those gigs, seeking out muses in the Pearl City. She tells us about all that and more below.
Your video for "Money Towers," is absolutely eye-popping. Tell us about coming up with the look for that clip, and how it felt to later see yourself with all that computer circuit-esque body paint.
I've worked with the body paint theme for quite a while. It started out when I began playing the new songs from my upcoming album live. I wanted to portray the buzzing neon lights of Shanghai, but I thought it was too boring to just do it with normal visuals on a screen. So instead I decided to try and paint it on my skin. Together with a body paint artist named Glimmermarie, we developed this futuristic robotic thing, that kinda escalated more and more as I was working with it.
What inspired the song "Money Towers," in the first place, and why do you think the song and the video go so well together?
"Money Towers," describes the beginning of a story: I'm wandering through the city streets, everything is hazy, and I don't know if anyone will remember what is happening. I wanted to capture that in the video.
You've worked and performed with another electronic artist named Bon Homme pretty extensively. How is he a good collaborator?
He's is a wildfire, a hurricane of energy and intent. We clash in many ways, but I also think that's one of the reasons that what we make becomes so good. It is the contrast, opposites meeting, that is always interesting.
Tell us about one of your most memorable live shows, and why it was so special.
You'll have this moment, in the middle of a concert. It's hard to put your finger on and it's hard to predict. But suddenly you become one with everyone in the room. And the walls vibrate in rhythm with what you're doing, and you feel like every single breath, every single note in the music, is so endlessly perfect.
You recently retweeted a fellow electronic artist named Hodge, who said “Can someone book me in Japan? I just want to eat.” You added: “This is also how I chose where to tour!" So, what are you looking most forward to eating during your Asia tour?
Dumplings! Noodles! Fried rice! F*ck I can’t wait, I miss real Chinese food so much!
What’s the strangest meal you’ve had while on tour in the past?
I'm actually quite a coward when it comes to eating strange things. I've had duck blood a few times, and I really don't like it. Duck Tongue was better.
What new music are you working on lately and what’s inspiring it?
I feel like my music is becoming more and more powerful as I learn more and more about life. Currently, I am playing a lot with and reading up on philosophies of time and space, and trying to incorporate all that into something emotional. It's super hard, because it can quickly become too "thoughtful" and lose connection with the body. But it's fun to try.
Lydmor will perform at DDC Apr 18 at 9pm. Tickets are RMB 80 presale, RMB 100 at the door. For more information, click here.
Photos: Lydmor.uk, Beatport