Wuhan-based artist Shii delves deeper into music in Sino-Australian video project
Wuhan-based Shii is one of the best young musicians in China today. Combining striking vocals, playful and experimental compositions, as well as performance, fashion and visuals in her work, the Merrie Records affiliate artist has built a breathtaking and ever-changing repertoire.
For 6 months this year, Shii and Melbourne musical duo The Merindas talked about their musical process. This exchange resulted in a series of videos capturing both the experiences and stories of the acts in music, as well as developing a dialogue around their creative lives.
The project is called 知音 Sonicbridge and is an initiative of Monash University in Australia and Asialink Arts at the University of Melbourne, with the aim of reinventing cultural diplomacy.
In Part 1 of the video series, Shii shares the inspiration behind his music and songwriting process. She tells how feminism plays a role in the stories she creates, while her innate search for something different has led her to add different nuances, such as dance and performance, to her shows.
The Merindas, an Indigenous duo of Candice Lorrae and Kristel Kickett, who have been performing together since 2012, also give viewers a glimpse into their creative process.
The video series is divided into three parts for each of the acts, covering “Background and Inspiration”, “Songwriting Process and Industry” and “Musical Scenes and Performance Nights”.
The second part of the series, “Song Writing Process and Industry” was released today (June 4). Part 3 will be available on Asialink’s YouTube account on June 8.
Cover image courtesy of Sonicbridge