Sister Sin Interview with Liv 10/27/08
By Barbara Fara
MI: What your birthdate, baby?
LS: The fourth of June.
MI: Who are the members of the band and what do they play?
LS: We have Jimmy on guitar, and we have Chris on bass, and we have Dave on drums.
MI: Okay. Tell me about the history of the band – how did you guys get together?
LS: Well, we were living, they lived in a town called Gothenburg in
MI: So you made the cut. How did you develop your signature vocalizations – your voice is fantastic.
LS: Thank you very much. Well, I’ve always had a stronger, deep, angry voice and I never felt like I couldn’t sing and so that’s why metal is suited to my voice very well. So when I figured that out – I actually started with the guitar. I played guitar for 5 or 6 years and so when I started music school, I worked really hard. But, I always wanted to be a singer but I didn’t know if I could sing. And then I just tried once because we didn’t have a singer and found that it worked, so I part sing and part play guitar. I’ve taken some lessons for the treatment of the voice so I don’t lose my voice.
MI: You have a beautiful voice. Who writes your songs?
LS: The bass guitar player writes most of the songs and then we all together do the arrangements.
MI: Describe your live show for us.
LS: Well, pretty much energy – we like to be head banging a lot and jumping around the stage, just lots of energy. That’s why I don’t want to be playing the guitar when I am onstage, just singing. I just want to sing so I can communicate with the audience and I can be all over the stage because I like it when people have fun onstage and do something for the audience and not just stand in the same spot the whole time.
MI: Is there a certain message you are trying to send out through your music to your fans?
LS: Not quite, not like in the political way but just to have fun and enjoy music and life and have a great time and hopefully inspire others to listen to listen and play music themselves and don’t give up their dreams.
MI: What’s your favorite track off the new album from Switchblade Serenades?
LS: I’d have to say “One Out of Ten” is my favorite.
MI: To me, you’re more like metal punkish, but you’re claiming to be “street metal” – how do you differentiate between street metal, punk, rock…
LS: Well actually I don’t know. I think the street metal came across when most people giving interviews chose to put us in the street rock category. The street metal sound comes from the older street sounds like Motley Crue and stuff like that but it doesn’t sound like the new stuff because we are not from LA and we are not with all the pain and all the girls and stuff – we are just a hard-working band from Sweden with our feet on the ground and that’s why we are more metal, more street. But the punk for me was much better than street metal. (laughs)
MI: Will you be releasing the album on vinyl?
LS: I don’t know actually – I think that’s up to Victory [Records]. We have put some songs on Myspace, like a screener of the album before release. I think some songs are on ITunes but I don’t know if it’s the whole album.
MI: So you have 3 or 4 songs on Myspace – Do you think sites like Myspace and Imeem are helping the band?
LS: Yeah, absolutely, definitely, because we get a lot of fans from Myspace and you can communicate with the fans in a better way, I think, than just the regular website so I think it’s very good, actually.
MI: How did growing up in
LS: (laughs) Well, I’ve not given up on my dream. At like fourteen, I turned that into…in Sweden there is a metal all female band called Drain and when I was fourteen they played what sounded like between Pantera and Black Sabbath and they were beautiful and they played this heavy music and I was like, “Damn, this is so cool!” I wanted to be like them and then I got into the guitar thing but I had too small fingers for that. I figured out that through playing them I got into Pantera and then I got into the heavier stuff from that – so I think from that female group that I got into that. I just they were so cool, and I wanted to be cool, too. (laughs)
MI: Do you think it’s harder for a woman to be in the metal business?
LS: Yes. Definitely. I have to prove myself a lot more. Sometimes I feel more like…I don’t now how to say this in English, but…more, like I’m under the glass all the time; that people have to be convinced that we are metal and not just rock – because there are a lot of rock with girls and they are very good and very accepted but I am trying to be even more in the main metal scene and that I think is what people are concerned with and I feel like I have to work a little bit more and like all the stuff around me, when I’m on tour or in the studio, everything is like you overrule yourself for the band and you turn it around more when you have a female in the band. Of course, I think there are also benefits to being female, too.
MI: How did you end up on tour with Otep and Walls of Jericho?
LS: It’s a good question – it was our record label, Victory that put us on the tour. They wanted us to do the tour as soon as we could after we released the album and this was the tour that suited good with the release of the album and they had a spot available and they took us in on the tour. It might not have been my first choice, because I feel that we are a little outside of their sound but still we hope that it will be good and we hope that we can find a lot of fans, even here with this crowd.
MI: I think you will. You’ll like the Masquerade, it’s a fun club. You’re gonna have a blast.
LS: It’s amazing just to be here on tour!
MI: So this is your first tour in the States? How does it feel?
LS: It’s like Yeah! It’s quite amazing. We want to tour as much as we can; we just left the very, very cold Sweden (laughs) and now we are in Florida and the sun is shining and we are about to play for a lot of people.
MI: Well, it’s going to be cold when you get here in
LS: Yeah, a little bit.
MI: Have you ever had one done?
MI: What would you warn any band, or any female lead singer, entering the music business? Contracts, labels, what advice would you give them?
LS: A lot of stuff! Always, always read very much all the contracts and then never put any money in by yourself because they often rip you off if you put any money in yourself. That’s what we have learned. (laughs)
MI: Where do you see the band five years from now?
LS: Hopefully what we are doing now. Touring the States or touring
MI: If a movie was made of your life, who would play you and what would the theme song be?
LS: Oh my god. I would say the theme song would be maybe Manowar.
MI: And who would play you, my dear?
LS: And who would play me? I would say…I can’t think of anyone not much older than me – that would be weird. I like
MI: What do you do when you’re not on the road and your home and you’re relaxing and everything else?
LS: I train a lot. I’m like a trainaholic. When I’m not playing music, I’m probably in the gym.
MI: What is your favorite book?
LS: Harry Potter.
MI: Really – and what is your favorite movie?
LS: I really liked Pan’s Labyrinth. I like little bit special movies – I like the one’s in the theater, too but with a little bit of…
MI: Independent films.
LS: Yeah, with a little bit of awareness of the world and when you get to think a little bit.
MI: How did the death of Dimebag Darryl affect you guys?
LS: That was horrible. You have to think very much about…I think we live in a very cold world – and I don’t want to think that, but we do. Things like that always scare me. I feel very safe in
MI: From a woman’s point of view – if you could design a memorial for Dimebag, what would it be?
LS: Ummm, what is a memorial?
MI: Like a tribute.
LS: I would play. I would pick out the songs from Pantera or whatever and I would do them in in another version, a sadder version? But I would want to play.
MI: So it would be like a Dimebag festival.
LS: Like we would have people talk about him and…what’s the word in English…bah.
God, like flowers, but not so much flowers because that’s not so much…lots of guitars and beautiful pictures of him to remember him. Something like that. (laughs) You have very hard questions.
MI: What do you think of what’s going on in the world today, with world politics?
LS: That’s a really good question. I think, like I said before, that the world is a little bit too cold to live in right now – and I hope it will be better. But I’m a little bit of a cynic so I’m not as positive as I want to be, as I should be, but I feel like the world is just going down and down and down but hopefully it will come to a point where it can’t go more down and it will have to get better and better. But I’m also positive. I don’t like war at all.
MI: So if you were god for a week, what would you change to make it better? HAHAHA!
LS: (laughs) Come on, that’s a hard question. I would probably shoot down some of the testosterone levels in the world and would increase the estrogen levels because sometimes it’s too much testosterone and I think that causes many of the wars. Somehow men are a little bit more willing to fight and wants to mark their power all the time, and I think if the women had more power then we won’t have this cold world. I don’t think the world would be perfect – we’d have other issues, but it might not be so much war.
MI: So, if you had a million dollars and you could donate it to any charity, what would it be?
LS: I would probably…I’m a real animal lover, so I would put it in to save the pandas and…
MI: The ASPCA.
LS: Yeah. The animals that there are not so many left on the planet.
MI: The endangered animals.
LS: Yes, like the elephants and such. And of course I would put money too to people in
MI: What is your favorite quote of all time?
LS: Oh, this is so…what do you call it, like when everyone has it…I don’t know who said it but it’s like…”When the last tree is cut and the last animal is dead, then…” I can’t remember now but it’s so great. It’s like an indian..native american quote…I don’t remember it, but it’s good. [EDITOR’s NOTE: the quote she is referring to is “”Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only after the last fish has been caught. Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.”– Cree Indian Prophecy]
MI: I know that one. So what do you think we can do to help with the greenhouse effect and all?
LS: I hope that we can do a lot, but I think that it’s up to the little people to do, but it’s also up to the big ones, the industries to take responsibility. Because of course we can do a lot on our own, but it’s very much the big industries, I find at least, that also do alot to increase the bad air and they have to take responsibility.
MI: Do you have a special message for your fans? For your first American fans, what do you have to say to them, my dear?
LS: Take care of yourself and your family and everybody else and just listen to good music and play rock and roll and music can change your life.
MI: Here’s my question for you – do you answer your fan’s emails on your Myspace?
LS: Yes I do.
MI: And what are your websites, sweetheart?
LS: We have the www.sistersin.com, and then the Sister Sin Myspace, and then I have my own Myspace, too – my name is Liv Sin.
MI: Look me up, baby, or I’ll find you – and I’ll see you tomorrow night at the show.
LS: Oh! That’s nice – you will have to come say hello!
MI: I will come backstage and say hello. I want to thank you for the interview, Liv.
LS: Absolutely, thank you. I will see you tomorrow night, then.
MI: Bye, baby.