Launching her debut album today, prepare both your ears and souls for the heartfelt vocals of Lisa Ronson. The NYC and London based musician is the daughter of legendary guitarist Mick Ronson, most famous for his work with David Bowie in his back-up band Spiders from Mars. And boy, does she follow in his footsteps.
Launching her debut album today, prepare both your ears and soul for the heartfelt vocals of Lisa Ronson. The NYC and London-based musician is the daughter of legendary guitarist Mick Ronson, most famous for his work in David Bowie's back-up band Spiders from Mars. And boy, does she follow in his footsteps.
Her album Emperors Of Medieval Japan (which you can pick up right here) features a shimmering backdrop of pop synth sounds and alternative rock soundscapes set to the pace of Ronson’s misty semi-spoken vocals. We caught up with her a few weeks ago to speak about the album and her burgeoning career ahead of one of her London gigs in preparation for this glorious day, and we’ve been anxiously sitting on releasing the interview ever since. Enjoy.
D: What was the inspiration behind your debut album?
LR: Well, it’s hard to say, because I view my inspirations as a bit dreamlike. We wanted to create something that was heavily influenced by electronics and computers; something that’s a vision for the future. The feelings that we had for this album were both dystopian and fantastical, which really gave us an artistic license to play around. The best thing about a fantasy vision is that you can remove yourself from limitations and just create what you want. You can just let go, as opposed to just relying on your own experiences. I think that’s how I’d describe them.
D: How has your dad being Mick Ronson impacted upon you?
LR: Not that much actually, except for in my music. But my childhood was really normal, and I didn’t know my dad was famous until I was about 14. It’s quite a good story actually; I was the biggest Guns N’ Roses fan as a teenager, and I was with my dad in a restaurant. Suddenly, Axel Rose came over to our table to see my dad and was like ‘Hey, it’s so great to meet you!’, and I was just like ‘What, him?’. That was really the first time that I realised that maybe he was a big deal or something.
D: Has following in your father’s footsteps always been the plan?
LR: No, originally I chose accounting, which is a big difference. I mean, you wanna rebel against your parents and do something they don’t want you to do. It’s quite hard to do when your parents are musicians. But they warned me against accounting, so I thought ‘Ha! I’ll show you!’. But this is definitely more fun.
D: What have you done musically before this?
LR: I was previously in a band called The Secret History in New York for about 6 years, which took off quite nicely. My most recent tour was with a band called Holy Holy, which meant we got to travel round the UK. Obviously I’d planned on going into accounting, but I’d dabbled a little bit and just decided to sing in a band. I started late.
D: Do you have any plans for the future?
LR: Not really. I’m just starting to think about some ideas for the next one. I’m going on tour with Reeves Gabrels in October, and then I’m just starting back at the beginning. Go through it all again.