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LINY WOOD: "Liny Wood"
LINY WOOD, the tattooed Swedish lady has recently been on tour in Germany with Alannah Myles, and she's the one responsible for singing backup vocals on former Thin Lizzy member: Brian Robertson's new solo album, "Diamonds and Dirt". Here she's talking about her new solo album though, watch out for Liny in the future to come and let me know what you think about her music...
Q: How has the reaction to your latest CD been?
Its been great! Sold over 250 copies while in Germany on tour with Alannah Myles. My fans say that they love it,and I wont argue with that!
How long did this CD take to make from start to finish, recording-wise?
Well,its been a long road..we chose 11 songs outta 45 written. Kill your darlings you know! Maybe altogether two years. But then I got over 30 songs for my upcoming albums;)
What kind of 'sound', production wise, did you have in the back of your mind, prior to entering the studio?
It was up to my producer Lennart Östlund to find the right atmosphere,soundwise. We both love guitars,drums and harmonies.We both wanted it to sound timeless. Every song is different,and we tried alot of things in the studio. Lennart thinks outta the box,and thats exactly what I want!
What kind of input did the producer have during the process?
A LOT!I trust him with my heart, I love what he does. But also, if he did something I didnt like, then I wouldnt just let him do it with outta fight, haha!! Im stubborn and go completetly by feeling, and if it felt wrong then..you know;)
And are you pleased with the final outcome? (sound - production wise)
F#k yeah! Its Me!
Did the producer (you) use any (weird) experimental miking and/or recording techniques?
Lennart Östlund would know. Yes, he did a lot of crazy shit! Every time we went on a vacation for example, he would always buy some weird percussion instrument. Then go practise in the hotell room ,making up beats.
How did you go on about capturing your 'live sound' in the studio, or perhaps you didn't
I pretty much always did the demo version with just me and my guitar,so that the feel was right! Then added everything else. Its like putting on make-up. First you do the base,then shades and contours. And finish of with colours! If you dont have a nice base, then its doesnt matter how expensive make-up you wear...
Please inform us about your favourite songs and lyrical highlights and why?
Haha! I like em all! My babies:) I guess they're all written to someone. The one for my MOM is great, lyric wise its amazing! If I had a daughter and shed write something like that to me, then I'd cry,haha! Jenny is also a piece of art. I wrote that with Leif Larson (Faith Hill, Louise Hoffsten) the words came to my head imidiatly, and Id written the lyrics in 30 minutes. I looked deep into my heart.. and felt like I was ready to tell that story.
Any overall theme of mood that you're trying to capture while writing songs?
The mood Im IN when Im writing is pretty much always sad. I write cause I have to.. I ventilate my sadness and my emptiness that way, to feel less lonely.
Does your vision for coming up with music get affected at all by time?
Dont know if I understand the question, but of course my writing changes with time. At first I only wrote about myself. Then I started telling other peoples stories. It also changes if I get really into a certain artist or band.
Did the record company interfere with anything on your "sound" and songs?
No,I wouldnt say so! We wanted to write a great album! And we picked 11 out of 50 songs. Creme de la creme so to speak, hehe.
Are there any 'crazy' behind the scenes anecdotes from these sessions that you can share with us?
Well, hehe.Weve Robbo (Thin Lizzy) in the studio a couple of times, and thats always a blast. He's a crazy motherfucker and I love him to death. All he ever wants when he comes around is Hot Tea, the marshall with reverb and his wah-wah pedal. Simple guy,with great feeling and amazing tone in his fingers (witch he super-glued by the way)
How would you describe the sound of your new CD to any potential new fan?
I gotta ask a professional about that,cause thats hard!!Haha! Would probably say that its a pop/rock album,with an amazing atmosphere, hooky melodies and some really beauiful lyrics,that comes from a broken hearted girl.
Who are your influences and heroes? (music-wise)
Wow! Sooo many:) But first of all Madonna. I wanted to be like her so fucking bad when I was a kid! I remember taking my pink boombox, put it on my right shoulder, blasting Madonna and singing on the streets with my friends. ALL THE TIME! Nowadays its a lot of P!nk on my stereo, shes great! Stevie Nicks, Zakk Wylde, Bad Religion, Skid Row.
If there's anything you'd like to add, say, please do:
Stay True to what you believe in.Dreams come true all the time..
Interview by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom,