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Interview With Linda Yuen By Chris
Linda Yuen is a great singer songwriter who will go
1.How did you get into music?
I never really asked myself “how” because it’s always been
a part of who I am. It probably helped having a music
loving family. I’ve been surrounded by all kinds of music
since before I was born and I’m immensely grateful for
2.What were your major influnces?
Well, my theory is that the more influences you have, the
more unique the product of your musical imagination will
be. I know people who are heavily influenced by one or two
bands or artists, and usually their music sounds like what
they listen to. That doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad
thing, but we are the result of our influences and I never
thought there was any point in limiting the influences. I’m
getting too philosophical here, aren’t I? Anyway, anything
from classical to metal, really. Melody and/or groove is
paramount. I am more song oriented than artist oriented, if
you know what I mean.
3.What do you think of the idol format?
It does what it’s designed to do: to entertain. I would
love to say that I hate it, that the concept is sick, but I
have to admit I watch it occasionally for the entertainment
value. Idol-Linda 1-0, haha! Then again, the whole concepts
ends up biting itself in the arse because the audience want
the artists while they are on television. It’s really hard
for Idol winners to sell huge amounts of records (at least
in this part of Europe) and be taken seriously. Once
they’ve won, it’s like “The End”. We’re not that interested
4. Has there been much response about your music over
Yeah, I’m actually sending out signed photos now as a
result of it. I’ve got numerous business proposals and lots
of fans because of my website, it’s a great thing to see.
The Internet is really the best tool for musicians. I mean,
how did I end up on this website? The web makes the world a
5. Where do you think you will be in 10 years?
I don’t know. As long as I can make a living from music and
being respected for it, you won’t see me complaining.
6. What has been your best gig you have played so
That has got to be Immecke Open Air Festival in Germany.
Great crowd, the Germans are very enthusiastic! I heard
there were about 1400 people there, it sure sounded like
7. What do you think of file sharing and the mp3
mp3 format – genius. File sharing – well, I share my mp3
files, but I don’t share music that I don’t own because
it’s not mine to give. I don’t leave the record shop
without paying for the albums that I’ve chosen, because I
know that as an artist, I would hate to see fans telling me
that they love my work and then showing me the finger. I
think music should be paid for to show appreciation to the
creator. Remember, if you’re a fan of a band, you’re not
just a fan, you’re their employer. They play, you pay so
they can play more. That’s the way it works.
8. Would you come down to australia to play?
I would love to! I’ve travelled a lot in my life, but I’ve
never been to Australia yet.
9. Who would most like to record a song with?
Trevor Horn, the producer (if producers count)
10. What would we find on your stereo at the
Steely Dan, Michael Landau, Sophie Ellis-Bextor.
Thanks for your time any last words
Thanks for your time – I was honoured to be asked for this
interview. Do check out my website www.lindayuen.com and drop
me a line if you want to – I try my best to get back to
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