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Fifi Rong:“四年前Tricky在myspace上面听到了我的音乐并产生了很大的兴趣,从那时起我们就开始了合作”

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文字/采访 Chris Poppy
F代表Fifi Rong
(English Version: See Below)

在关注Tricky新专辑《False Idols》的同时,许多来自中国的歌迷都不约而同地注意到了这张专辑中的一首《Chinese Interlude》。来自中国乐迷的这份关注很容易理解,因为这是首字正腔圆的中文歌。歌曲中的女声乍听来颇有王菲的感觉,细品下去在咬字和气息上的细节处理却又有着很独到的感觉。一时间对这位女歌手的身份有了众多的猜测。由于Tricky早年间曾经造访过张北草原音乐节,于是猜测的范围被缩小到了Tricky那一次中国之行所能了解或接触到的中国女歌手们。也许这样的推理是符合逻辑的,却寻不得正确的结果。或许那一次中国之行吊起了Tricky对中国音乐的胃口,但在《Chinese Interlude》当中献唱的女歌手与Tricky的缘分并不在中国。此外这首《Chinese Interlude》并不是这位神秘的中国女歌手在Tricky新作中的唯一一首作品。关于这位歌手的身份,她的音乐和生活,以及与Tricky在音乐上的缘分,将由她本人在这次采访中一一道来。

1 你的中文名字是什么?你的英文名字又该如何发音呢?
F:我的中文名字是荣,家里人都叫我荣荣。Fifi Rong是我的艺名,Fifi来自我的英文名Fiona,Rong是我的中文名。

2 很多中国歌迷通过你在Tricky新专辑中的献声认识了你,并对这位“神秘”的中国女歌手的身份产生了种种的猜测。在你的简介当中可以发现你来自北京,是否可以更为具体的介绍一下你的身份呢,比如在北京的时候你都做些什么,那个时期的生活又是怎样?
F:我生在北京,大部分的家人如今还生活在北京。我是在深圳长大的,在十几岁的时候就来到英国求学了。学习过小提琴和钢琴的演奏,在还是孩子的时候就开始唱歌了。还在中国的时候我就已经很喜欢英国的另类摇滚乐了。来到英国之后我就读于Bristol附近的一家学校,就是在那里,我接触到了Trip Hop这种灰暗的声响。

3 你现居伦敦,为何搬到了伦敦,又在那里忙些什么?
F:我在伦敦国王学院攻读博士学位。Dubstep文化是我的研究领域。但是我在更早之前就已经开始创作音乐了。

4 在伦敦,你是否已经成为了一位专业的音乐人?作为一个“外国人”,在伦敦的音乐场景中寻找一个属于自己的位置是否困难?
F:音乐占据了我的大部分时间——从写歌到录音、制作、混音,以及与这些工作相关的周遭一切;伦敦是一个世界性的大都市,它不会由于一个人的外国身份而对好音乐附加或者削减任何东西。音乐是我用来表达真实情感的一种方式。我从来没有觉得自己需要在这里的音乐场景里“寻找一席之地”,即使我有此需要,我更愿意去创造一片属于自己的空间。

5 作为一名旅居伦敦的中国音乐人,你是否经历过由于你的中国身份而产生的偏见呢?比如说,被当地人用他们所知道的有关中国流行音乐的陈词滥调先入为主的妄加评论?
F:从没有过。我的音乐本身就可以说明一切。就我个人而言,我通常是不喜欢流行音乐的。特别是那种缺乏原创性的作品,那些没有灵魂的,以达到商业成功为目的而创作的作品,那些主流媒体强加给人们的作品。
我从古老的中国曲艺和各种民歌中继承了许多令我骄傲的遗产。这些实实在在的人带来的真真切切的音乐和艺术,完全不是商业产品。这也是为什么在我的声音里会有来自中国民歌的元素,尽管我是用英文演唱。我为所继承的文化遗产感到自豪,也是对这部分文化遗产的支持者,向这个世界展示其中的美丽。

6 国内对你和Tricky的合作充满了好奇,你们是如何相识的,你又如何成为了他新专辑中的一部分?
F:大约四年前他在myspace上面听到了我的音乐并产生了很大的兴趣,从那时起我们就开始了合作,所以成为了他新专辑中的一部分就是顺理成章的事情了。

7 我记得从某处读到过你是《Chinese Interlude》的创作者,Tricky只是把这首歌选到了他的专辑里面并更换了歌名。事实是怎样的呢,是否有什么故事?
F:不完全是。在他最新的专辑里有我的两首歌。一首是《Chinese Interlude》,我把他写的词翻译成汉语并谱了曲。另一首歌是《If only I knew》,这首歌是他改编自我一首名为《only if I knew》的原曲,这首歌的原版你可以在soundcloud.com/fifirong上面找到。

8 在Soundcloud上面你有两个账户,一个是英文歌曲的账户,另一个则是中文歌曲的账户。为何要这样区分呢?
F:英语和中文听众想要听到他们可以理解的语言。

9 Cocteau Twins和Mazzy Star这些乐队被你列为了自己的音乐影响。我可以在你的唱腔中感受到来自他们的影响,但是你的音乐本身更多的是在运用不同的电子元素。是否有哪些音乐人或者乐队在音乐风格上对你产生了很大的影响呢?
F:我的电子风格来自dubstep、trip hop、英国车库的影响。这些都是起源于英国的电子乐的分支流派,以及来自牙买加的Dub。Dub音乐是许多电子音乐流派的祖先,包括前面说到的那些分支流派。我喜欢的音乐人和制作人的各种作品实在太多了,想要一一列举实在是无从说起。

10 你是否考虑过回国发展你的音乐事业,或是你将把自己的工作重点放在欧洲?
F:目前看来,英国是我的主要目标。我也很乐意去做一张中文的唱片,如果中国那边有这样的要求。

1 What is your Chinese name and how do you pronounce your English name?
My Chinese name is 荣,, and my family calls me 荣荣。My artist name is Fifi Rong, fifi comes from ‘Fiona’ – my English name, Rong – my chinese name.

2 Tricky’s Chinese fans were impressed when they heard your voice from Tricky’s new album, and they’ve been guessing who this “mysterious” Chinese artist could be. Your biography says you originate from Beijing, could you tell a bit more about yourself, like who you are, what did you do in Beijing, and how was your life there?
I was born in Beijing, most of my family is still there. I grew up in Shenzhen and came over to the UK for education when i was a teenager. I learned to play the piano, the violin and started singing since i was a kid. i loved British alternative rock music while I was in china. I went to a school near Bristol, which is where I was introduced to the dark sound of trip hop.

(see attached biography)
3 Your current location is London, what do you do in London and why did you moved there?
I was doing a P.H.D. at King’s College London. I researched in dubstep culture, but I started making music before that.

4 Are you a professional musician in London, and as a “foreigner” is it difficult to find a place of your own in the music scene in London?
Music is taking most of my time – from writing to recording to producing and mixing, everything else around it; London is a cosmopolitan city , being foreign does not add or take away how good one’s music is. Music is my way to express myself with emotional truth. I never felt that I needed to ‘find a place’ in the music scene, but even if I did, I’d rather make my own place instead.

5 As a Chinese musician based in London, have you ever come across prejudices originates from your Chinese identity? For example, being prejudged by the locals according to the cliches that they have about Chinese pop music?
Never. My music speaks for itself. Personally I dislike pop music in general that is not original, soulless and written for the purpose of commercial success and force fed by the mass media.

I am very proud of my heritage from many forms of ancient Chinese opera and different styles of folk music. They are ‘real art/music’ from real people. They are not commercial products. That’s why I have elements of Chinese folk in my voice and delivery, even when I sing in English. I am very proud of it and I am the advocate of my cultural heritage to show to the world that there’s so much beauty in it.

6 People in China are curious about your collaboration with Tricky, how did you get to know each other, and how did you become part of his new album?
He heard my music on myspace and became very interested about 4 years ago, and we have been collaborating since, so being on his album came naturally.

7 I think I’ve read from somewhere that you are the composer of “Chinese Interlude”, Tricky only selected this song into his album and changed the title of the song. What was the fact and is there a story behind it?
Not quite. On his latest album there’re two songs of mine. One is ‘Chinese interlude’, I translated his lyrics into Chinese and made the music for it. The other song is ‘If only I knew’- he changed it from my original song ‘only if I knew’ you can hear my original version I did on soundcloud.com/fifirong

8 You have two accounts on Soundcloud, one is for your English songs and one is for your Chinese songs, why do you make a distinction like this?

English and Chinese audiences want to hear the language they understand.

9 You listed groups such as Cocteau Twins, Mazzy Star as your influences. I can feel their influences on you from how you sing, however, your music is more electronic driven. Are there any other musicians or bands that influenced the general sound of your music?
Well my electronic sound comes from dubstep, trip hop, UK garage that are electronic sub genres originated from the UK and dub from Jamaica. Dub music is the ancestor of many later electronic genres including the aforementioned music sub-categories. I love too many artists and producers’ work I can’t even begin.

10 Have you ever thought about going back to China and develop your musical career there or Europe will be your main focus?
UK is my main focus at the moment, I would love to make an album in Chinese one day if there is such demand over there.



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