Ladi6 ist eine Wandlerin zwischen den Welten. Sie stammt aus Neuseeland, lebt aktuell in Berlin und hat keine Berührungsängste. Das hat sie auch auf ihrem aktuellen Album „The liberation of…“ unter Beweis gestellt. Darauf finden sich sowohl Einflüsse aus Soul, Funk, Hip Hop als auch Elektro. Im Interview mit Watte pusten spricht die 30-Jährige über das Leben in Neuseeland und Berlin sowie ihre musikalischen Einflüsse und wagt einen Ausblick in die Zukunft.
Your new album ist called „The liberation of…“. What is it about?
Ladi6: It is a declaration of my independence, and a message to be who you are without being restricted by your past, to let yourself truly be who want to be without guilt or regret.
What does liberation mean to you?
Ladi6: Freedom of expression.
You’re from New Zealand. In which way is your music influenced by your home country?
Ladi6: My country has influenced me a huge deal, in fact I was solely originally influenced by NewZealand music alone when I first started writing my own songs. Artists like Bic RUnga, Anika Moa and Fat freddys drop made a huge impression on me.
Right now you’re staying for a while in Berlin. Why?
Ladi6: I am releasing and promoting my album, I have released it through an indy label called Eskapaden, and also have a publishing deal through BMG Germany, we also recorded and wrote „The liberation of…“ in Germany last year, so it feels like the circle is complete also releasing it here. There are more possibilities here, and it helps that we really enjoy the lifestyle here!
What are the big differences between Germany and New Zealand?
Ladi6: Germany is a lot bigger, we don’t have huge cities like Berlin, or Hamburg, we a comparatively a small (tiny) country. We speak english and we have indigenous and a lot of influences that derive from the Pacific. We are very much an island nation in a lot of ways. But we are also I think, a lot more conservative and restricted in our ideas of how the world works. I think you can live in a sort of bubble being that far removed from the rest of the world geographically.
You’re mixing many different kinds of music. Perhaps your next songs will have any Berlin influences?
Ladi6: Maybe, I couldn’t say, but, what I do know is that when it comes to the things that influence me, it usually is my present life and situation, and the environment around me. I am so happy here, perhaps the next record will be a happy record about Berlin summers – who knows!?
What about Ladi6 in ten years? What are you doing and where are you living?
Ladi6: More children, maybe I’ll own an apartment here, or a house back in New Zealand. Always music everywhere, I would like to have built a studio on my property and perhaps be running a small boutique bed and breakfast. But 10 years is not that too far into the future. I’m pretty sure I will still be making and performing music around the world. I’m living my dream. Can’t see myself giving this all up in a hurry!!
Thanks a lot for answering!