SXSW 2016 Interview: Lissie

By on Thursday, 14th April 2016 at 5:00 pm

Saturday was our last full day in Austin for SXSW 2016, and my day started off with a visit to the SPIN Magazine party at Brazos Hall, for an interview with American singer/songwriter Lissie. I recently reviewed Lissie’s third album ‘My Wild West’, and I was eager to ask her about it, especially after hearing her play a few of the songs live on the SPIN showcase. Our conversation centered around the writing and recording process for ‘My Wild West’, which chronicled Lissie’s evolution as a songwriter during her 12 years living in Southern California, but which also inspired her to make some major life changes, both professionally and personally. After leaving her previous major record label, she chose to release this album independently (via Thirty Tigers and Cooking Vinyl), which she feels is, artistically, a better fit for her at this point. On the personal side of things, Lissie has also left the Los Angeles area behind and relocated to Iowa, where she’s purchased a farm not far from her childhood home in Illinois.

Unfortunately, the last couple of minutes of our interview are missing from the audio clip above, due to a technical glitch (read: user error) with my digital recorder. To fill you in on what’s missing from the audio, I rounded off the chat by asking Lissie about her plans for touring after SXSW and what might be next for her following the album cycle for ‘My Wild West’. She said that for now she’s focusing on ‘My Wild West’ and hasn’t made definite plans for anything beyond what’s already scheduled, though she didn’t rule out the possibility of more touring if the opportunity presents itself.

However, she also mentioned wanting to spend some time getting herself properly settled in Iowa, as well as possibly taking on a couple of more ambitious potential projects: creating studio space in a renovated barn on her property and buying more land in an attempt to start a beekeeping operation. When I asked her how interested fans might keep tabs on her wide variety of activities, she mentioned that she’s a regular Instagram user, so if you want more information on how Lissie is staying busy, have a look at her Instagram feed.


Many thanks to Hayley for graciously coordinating this interview.

Stay tuned to TGTF for a full review of my Saturday activities at SXSW 2016, coming soon.

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