“The VOODOO DOLL whose shows bewitch as much as they electrify”
Being a music melting-pot, Bonnie Li is an all-round artist. One-woman-band, she gets her inspiration throughout the world, from Hong Kong where she grew up, to San Francisco, passing by Berlin and Montreal. In fact, she easily juggles from English to Chinese Mandarin, with bits of French in her songs. Her music style, Dark Trip Hop Electro, rocked by high-beat samples and bewitched vocal loops, makes us dive into her seizing life moments what she calls ‘Short Stories’, revisited by this uncommon artist.
‘I like to focus on the instant, like a freeze frame, a pause on the emotion.’
After having followed two professional courses in Current Music, she releases in 2009 her 1st vinyl ‘Bonnie Li’ through ‘ComfortZone’ the Austrian electro-queer-feminist label. Then in 2010, she releases her 1st EP ‘Short Stories Vol.1’. It is between Paris, Berlin and Vienna, that she gets noticed on the Underground-Electro Scene with her show ‘Bonnie Li, the One-Woman-Band’.
With her 1st music video ‘Voodoo Doll’, she earns in 2010 the 1st Price of the Sfr Youth Talent music contest for ‘Marsatac Festival’ and she will also be Finalist of the Paris Youth Talents Price. In 2011, she wins the 1st price of the Sfr Youth Talents music contest for ‘Les Francofolies Festival’ and will be Finalist of Le Printemps de Bourges Discoveries music contest and Paris Youth Talent Price. In 2012 Bonnie Li wins the 1st price of Star’s Music/Virgin Megastore’s contest ‘Music On Stage’ and will be finalist of the Ricard SA. ‘Lance toi en Live’ contest. She releases her 2nd EP ‘Short Stories Vol.2’ at the same time.
‘Stalker’ and ‘Heart of Nature’ will be synchronized on Michelle Laroque’s Dvd ‘Mon Brillantissime Divorce” and ‘Get Down’ will feature on Virginie Despentes’ documentary ‘Mutantes’ and the ‘Dirty Diary’ Compilation. In 2015, Bonnie Li will be finalist of Sziget Festival Music Contest, and pre-selected by LE FAIR.
Her encounter with the French beatmaker Al’Tarba in 2012 gave birth to a lot of collaborations and made her known in the Hip Hop scene (many featurings, particularly with G.O.D, member of Mobb Deep). On the stage and production side, it is today in duo with Elia M that she leads her Passengers aboard her new show: the Air Bonnie Li Flight. Elia M, founder of the Techno Label Sycomor in the mid 90s, and guitarist since his teenage years, was able to develop a technique of electronic live, across more than a decade of International touring. The duo has released 3rd EP ‘Plane-Crash’ and is currently working on their 1st album.
DEAR PASSENGERS, WELCOME ON BOARD
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