We recently had the chance to sit down with Taiwanese EDM band My Skin Against Your Skin who gave a pretty good showing at their recent Golden Melody Awards Showcase. We caught up with the pair Andrea Huang (lead singer) and Si-Lu Yu (bassist, synthesizer and programming) and had a chat with them about their music, their jet-setting lifestyle and even their new upcoming album! Turns out you can learn a lot about a band in ten questions. Read on to find out!
You guys have always been pretty good songwriters. Can you tell me how you first started songwriting and creating?
Andrea Hunag: Actually at the start it was very simple, we just liked to listen to music and met watching a friend’s band’s performance. And I wanted to form a band and met him, so I asked him ‘hey, why don’t we start a band’ because I wanted to play music and so did he and so we started creating and songwriting together, going to many places to perform and accumulating many memories together.
At this year’s Golden Melody Awards, which person or work do you most wish can take home a prize?
Andrea: There is one producer who is nominated that is our friend. He produced a song for Peggy Hsu and so we really hope he can win, and congratulate him for being nominated.
If you had a chance to work with any artist, who would you work with?
Andrea: I would want to work with A-mei. She’s so cool, so awesome. Really wish that we could have a chance to work together.
Si-Lu Yu: Because she has the same producer as the one who produced our latest album, so let’s seen if we can have the chance.
I heard that you’ve performed all around the world, in places such as Indonesia, Germany, Netherlands and England. Which place left the deepest impression on you?
Andrea:The country that left the deepest impression on me was Canada, for Si-Lu it was Glastonbury.
Si-Lu: Hmm, how did you know it was that one? Has someone asked in a previous interview?
Andrea: No, I guessed that it would be that one. For Canada, it was the first time that we went overseas to perform and that experience came about because the music organisers flew to Taiwan to choose bands that he liked and gave them the opportunity to be a part of the festival. So as a result we had the honour of going over to perform. So to me the impression was really great, just as if it just happened yesterday.
Si-Lu: Because that was the only music festival I knew before I went to Glastonbury. So after I began making music –before I started making music going to this festival seemed impossible to me-so when I went I felt that it was really unbelievable. And when I got there I very interestingly and frivolously went and stood in the middle of the grass grounds and listened to the music that I listened to when I first heard of the Glastonbury festival, and felt very moved by it.
How is it different performing in front of different audiences?
Andrea: Other than audiences being foreigners, it’s pretty much the same. Because I think if they like your music they will show it and you can get that feedback and know. I think being able to go to different countries and seeing different people, as long as they like your music they will show it to you.
Si-Lu: The biggest difference to me was that the age group listening to festivals is wider. Countries outside of Asia the audiences have a wider age range. But like with us, a lot of our friends after they graduated would stop listening to festivals. Perhaps they have many other reasons, like getting married or having babies and needed to take care of them so they would be unable to go to festivals anymore. But with foreigners, we went and saw a lot of families going to festivals together, being able to talk about music with mature people its something that doesn’t happen in Taiwan.
Many bands break up several years in, how do you two maintain good chemistry together?
Andrea: Actually we fight quite often.
Si-Lu: Perhaps continuing to argue and fight is our motivation to continue working together.
Andrea: Maybe next time we meet we should argue more fiercely (laughs).
As artists who have many years of experience in Taiwan’s independent music industry, how do you find the general quality of music overall?
Si-Lu: Actually I don’t really know how to differentiate between what is good and bad in terms of quality or underground music because I think there are a lot of principles in music that cause categories to come about, but actually after so many years there is no real meaning to these boundaries so its hard for me to differentiate what is independent music. As for music quality, I think Taiwan’s music is less versatile. Opportunities to perform is more overseas so they will know how to plan accordingly. But in Taiwan it’s a bit harder for us, sometimes it’s not about the musician being not good, its about many other considerations. But overall it’s in a pretty good state now, as many people can go and arrange their own performances and venues which is… pretty good (laughs).
If you didn’t go into music as a career, what industry or job do you think you would be in now?
Andrea: Oh no, I’ve never thought of this question as I didn’t want to leave an exit strategy for myself (laughs). Possibly… try something to do with fashion or popular magazines as I quite like to focus on these types of news.
Si-Lu: Previously I was a video editor as times are more versatile, I can still play in a band. But afterwards because I kept going overseas and there was no way to keep taking leave, so I had to resign and do music full time. But of course, music is what I love the most, and so I felt that it was just a good opportunity to just focus on music.
Hello Asia is an Australian based publication. Have you ever been, and what is your impression of Australia?
Andrea: Impression? Kangaroos, kiwi fruits and there are many beautiful sceneries.
We hear that you’re releasing a new album. Can you tell us a little bit about it’s new direction?
Si-Lu: This album has a lot of things to do with perspective, because the internet is becoming more widespread, allowing the inner worlds of many to be seen. Perhaps everyone’s ego has been inflated because of this, causing many conflicts that cannot be resolved. Everyone is less and less able to care about what the opposition thinks. So this album aims to allow people to have more tolerance and to be more respectful of each other.