I ran into Gia, the female lead from the former band Hang on the Box, once again and asked her a few questions this time.
gia(王悦）是个音乐人及艺术家。她是前著名女子摇滚乐队hang on the box主唱。
NF: Over the years, have you noticed changes in the way young people respond to your music?
G: Hang on the Box started off very punk rock and the audiences were rambunctious young punk rockers. After our trips to Japan and the United States we went down a more experimental path that was not always that embraced by audiences. My own solo album, released last year, had a completely different, bossa nova influenced, style. People that aren’t so big into rock found this much easier to listen to though fans of Hang on the Box obviously had a different response.
NF: You became a celebrity very early – being on the cover of Newseek at such a young age. What are you trying to achieve now?
G: I just want to play music, enjoy life, and do things in art and music that I have never done before. I like to start over from scratch – killing the earlier me – and always creating a new history.
NF: Your style is very cute but your music is quite aggressive. Is there a contradiction?
G: It depends on how you understand it. I don’t think how I dress is cute and I don’t think my music is not cute.
NF: In addition to being a singer, you are also a style icon. Over the last ten years, what have been the most obvious changes in the way Beijingers dress?
G: Young people before did not know much about fashion and did not dare dress distinctively. Now they certainly dare. the lack of intuition in the fashion dare not dress up, and now young dare, but sometimes they go to far. The most ridiculous thing is the cosmetic surgery trend. Is a “praying mantis face” really attractive?
NF: Do you have any fashion advice for Beijing girls?
G: No, I think many girls dress nicely now.
NF: What you like best in Beijing in terms of shops, restaurants, bars, galleries, and so forth?
G: White Rabbit, Lantern, and d-lounge.