Li$on, cloud rap magician in Lyon

A 26-year-old hip-hop artist and rapper, Li$on occupies a unique place in the Lyon scene with sounds that blend RnB and cloud rap. This summer, she’ll bring her lunar style to life in a few places in the crowd: at Subs this Wednesday, June 15 (right after the Rue89Lyon Anniversary Aperitif!), at the Transbordeur on July 2, and at the Woodstower festival at the end. of August.

Lison remained uncertain for a long time, hesitating between a career as an illustrator or a musical one.

“I am very honored to perform a concert at Les Subs”, Li$on under the Kraken des Subsistances. ©AR/Rue89Lyon

As a child, he began music in a very conventional way, with piano and music theory. She then joined a contemporary music group when she was just 9 years old. Then another, this time in rock, which will accompany him throughout his adolescence. When the group broke up, she put music aside to devote herself to art and train as an illustrator.

As a singer, the girl even thinks about that moment when she reached her limits.

“Rock, we’ve been doing this long enough. I, as a singer, couldn’t go as far as I really wanted to. And precisely, I ended up being able to surpass my limits in the most digitized music”, he confides.

The rap in the cloud made from Lyon, signed Li$on

But in 2018, she discovers a new universe that allows her to express herself differently.

That’s how she advanced to a style diametrically opposed to what she knew: RnB mixed with electro.

“I usually can’t label what I do, but people say I rap in the cloud,” she says.

Her many musical influences help to explain, in part, the identity she forged, rocked by RnB with Chris Brown, Usher, but also Avril Lavigne and Paramore in rock. As for American rap, she is influenced by artists like Future and Gunna.

Concerts and animals in the heart for Li$on

“For 3 years, I worked in my room, I built myself as an artist. So one day I decided to set foot in the studio with my regular beatmaker,” she says.

In 2018, when she returned to music, she produced everything herself, from her interludes to editing her own clip. As of now, Li$on is well surrounded. The Lyon rapper is accompanied on stage by her beatmaker and friend Taemintekken and some of her dates are orchestrated by 69steps.

In general, Li$on addresses issues related to love and its torments, trying to convince that it is possible to erase the traumas. But the topic that is particularly close to his heart is that of animal rights. She has long been an activist in this field, which is why one of her first projects was dedicated to these issues. Young Lyonnaise resolutely intends to make it a central theme in her forthcoming sounds.

Li$on will be performing on many stages in Lyon this summer: Les Subsistances, the Transbordeur and the Woodstower festival. She will be present at the Buzz Booster final in Nantes: a national competition to spot Hip Hop artists. In addition, the projects are ongoing and will be published in September. Today, she cannot live off her passion, so she has another professional activity. However, she hopes to one day be able to dedicate herself exclusively to music.

The young artist lent himself to the game of our questions and answers from the series “It’s ok to be an artist”.

Rue89Lyon: What was your first artistic gesture?

I read $ in : It’s complicated because my goal before was to become an illustrator. So I would say it’s in the drawing. At the same time, there was music very early on in my life. Then if I get something that has nothing to do with it but is very rooted in the art world, that’s when I started to create my first grimoire. I was small. I was making magic potions in the garden and I kept this thing: it’s a real object that I have to this day.

What artistic practice do you find intolerable?

I would say the circus. I don’t know if it is considered an artistic practice, but the circus with animals.

What is the biggest artistic coup for you?

To be a little spicy, I would say artist Ben. The guy he wrote on every kit we had in college. To me, this thing is a scam. Too easy.

« I give a very important place to my looks, they are always chosen according to my mood«

Your worst memory during a concert?

There’s one thing I’ve inflicted on myself since redoing the stage is chaining the costume changes behind the curtain in 50 seconds. It’s super stressful. For my last show, I had to do this three times. It’s traumatic because if I don’t do it in that time, I ruin everything. I give a very important place to my looks, they are always chosen according to my personality and my state of mind.

Which of your parents do you think you have problems with?

I do not have any. I can’t really have them, they support me and have always supported me. I love them the same, I have no problem with my parents.

To which political personality could you dedicate one of your concerts?

For the first time, I would say, even if I’m not very political in real life, the one that most aligns with my way of thinking is Greta Thunberg. Someone loves a little what. Someone incisive actually. I myself was an animal rights activist.

The last cultural product consumed/bought/borrowed?

I ordered a vinyl. So I will consume it soon. A Harold Budd vinyl is contemporary jazz music.

“My artistic projects are solid, I think it will work”

Have you ever sacrificed your art for money?

No and I don’t intend to. I intend to remain true to myself.

The project for the next show is: 1/ get your financial health back, 2/ show you’re (still) alive, 3/ prove to a dating plan that you’re a rapper?

I would say the first.

And if not, do you plan on having a real job one day?

Today, I can’t make a living from music, so I have a feeding job like most people. a real job [rires]. In reality, I feel like I’m already doing 150,000 at the same time, but all my art projects are solid, so I think it’s going to work. It’s a real profession, music.

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