Ysan Roche says she has 7 personalities which helped her to invent MFF which represents a new league of artists who write and produce their own music, design their own fashion and direct their own music videos.
Ysan Roche Interview:
What is your name? My real name is Ingrid Lorrenzio, but I created my artist name Ysan Roche because my Indian aunt had forecast me karmic world success with this name HAHA—she was a spiritual healer and absolutely crazy. She named herself Sagan which means waterfall and helped a lot of sick people in India.
Where are you from? I am German/American
How long have you been making music? I started making music by the age of 5 (piano,guitar), took some breaks as a teen but started to take Singing lessons with 16.
How many songs /albums have you released to date? One album “Brain Artificial Limb” which was more of an experiment and I didn’t work with established producers yet, and 5different Singles: “Abortion of God, Peacock Lady, Blind, Bass Gun and some weeks ago LADYBOY.”
Can you tell us about your latest release and the background and inspirations behind it? Ladyboy was recorded to describe my love towards Shemales and well, Ladyboys (drag queens and transgenders). I had a relationship with someone who like me impersonated several male and female souls but I realised it was far more difficult for him to express it in society.
While I am confident with my female body, but actually sense that I have more than 2 other male souls, my ex-bi-friend wanted to be a woman but was afraid of the process to have the final surgery done. Also society made it pretty difficult to live a normal life so drugs and several other addictions seemed to be part of his/her life.
I wanted to take the edge out of that topic and make it an easy-going pop music song.
How have you ended up in the music industry? As a model I was unhappy of being pushed around by powerful men and superficial, unhappy older ladies, during my acting career I still felt this world is ruled by men and I have to please them to make my way. My final step was to combine all those with music and make myself a music/fashion/film product to express my complexity and finally be independent enough not having to express other people’s fashion/thoughts or film scripts but merely my own. That was very important to me. And music to me impersonates a way to people’s hearts and feelings. Music is like LOVE…eternal and timeless.
What do you think of the music industry in 2014? I know people always make things worse and have this negative outlook on future. I tend to think the music industry is changing and will become more authentic again. I still believe Big Records Label will persist but artists will learn that they also have to be more than just musicians and create much greater PRODUCTS, EXPERIMENTS and fantastic combinations of artistic expression. Only music isn’t enough to sell today. People want an experience of YOU and your soul.
And Copycats will have more difficulties in future.
Who do you think the most influential artist? Bowie, Bjoerk, Manson and I love Madonna because she does her sh** although people say she is too old or whatever. But by now I think she has proved that talent has no age. I am annoyed by people who measure what is right or wrong by your age or gender or whatever. I will probably have become much worse than today when I’m 50. And I love that Madonna gives me that example : YES YOU CAN…
Who have you collaborated with so far in your career? I had a nice experience with OAK from Germany (Lost in Land), but my favourite producer was Arty Skye from New York and my friend and guitarist EA &the One world Mafia
Dead or alive, who would be your dream collaboration? Bjoerk, Bowie and Marilyn Manson
What was the first album you bought? Manson’s “Smells like Children. God, I was a baby but this album was my baby that time.
What’s your favourite song at the moment? NIN last album not one specific song, but I still Love Katy Perry’s Dark Horse. They did a great job with this song.
Who is the most influential artist now, and 10 years ago? David Bowie
If you had to sell your music collection tomorrow, what album would you leave in your draw? Prodigy’s “Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned”
How do you think you differ from other artists? I have full control and learned to do most of the things myself. I write and produce my seongs before I go to more established producer and get their ideas and input, I produce, edit and direct my videos and I chose all of my fashion and design most of my images with photoshop.
I don’t ask anyone apart from my manager and my producer for advise but if I don’t like it, I don’t take it.
What other hobbies or interests do you have? My carJ I adore fast sports cars. At the moment McLaren and Lamborghini
Do you have any tattoos or piercings? I have one huge Scorpion on my back which is a symbol for the death of my last existence Ingrid Lorrenzio and being reborn and ready for YSAN ROCHE. When I got this tattoo, I felt it was time to unzip my old skin.
I used to be crazy about piercing at the age of fifteen and even had my hands and neck pierced, now I’m looking for new experiments. I don’t like to do what too many others find fashionable.
What’s your favourite saying? “What we’re dealing with here, is a total disrespect of the law”(Prodigy;-))haha)
Tell us more about your upcoming project or this new project? I have finished my 2nd album now with Yoad Nevo and it describes my way through all my different 7 characters—-darkness into light. This is the playlist:
VAGABONDIVA (A sophisticated Revolution))
- Perverted Romantics
- Bass Gun
- Born Siamese
- If NY was a gentleman
- Lost Angels of an American dream
- Hell is all the people (I carry inside)
- Mafia World
- Porn Identity
- Silent Love
- Devil’s Paradise (Mix)
The album in general has to be played from the end to the beginning to understand the story. It’s a way from darkness to the light, traveling the world and experiencing life through different personas while the goal is to find a way to connect all of them to ONE character.
What’s in the pipeline after this project? A US tour, several new music short films I have written for this album and then a new album because I have so many Ideas…I can’t wait to create and work on every new project. It truly keeps me alive.
Thank you for your time and may you carry on making dope, fresh music.
Thank you for having me