Merry Lamb Lamb

Photography: Elly Cheng and Rex Lo from  Somewhere Nowhere
Clothing: Somewhere Nowhere

How long have you been making music? How did you get started?
I’ve been writing music for two years now, and it all started with a Facebook cover video that I posted on my private account.
About two years ago, when I was still an art student, I used to post a lot of videos of me singing in front of the photo booth with my ukulele. One time, a “mysterious” guy (a/k/a my manager) inboxed me and asked if I was interested in becoming a full-time singer/songwriter, because he felt my passion and wanted to help me with my career. I said yes and went back to my home in Hong Kong. With his encouragement, I started to write songs to express my feelings. That’s how I started my singing career. 🙂

Your image is so cute! Why do you identify with little lambs?
Back in the day, my old friends would call me “Lil’ Lamb” or “Lamb Lamb,” because they thought my face somehow resembled a lamb’s. Moreover, I like the idea that lambs have an image of sweetness and innocence. Therefore, I ended up choosing the stage name “Merry Lamb Lamb” because I wanted to spread happiness. I think that’s my destiny and my goal in life. 🙂

Which artists and bands have influenced you?
I used to listen to a lot of J-pop songs, especially singers like Namie Amuro and SPEED. They’ve influenced me a lot along the way, and I want to become a robust and independent woman, like they are. Therefore, I guess my music is bubbly and has a sweet tone to it.

What is your creative process like? What inspires you?
My memories inspire a lot of my creative process, and 100% of them are sad ones. I don’t think I’m pessimistic at heart, but I believe the reason why I find sad memories easy to recall is because I’ve learned to cherish and understand more about myself through those memories, especially memories about break-ups, the loss of a friend, and being grumpy at myself.
Therefore, sad memories have inspired me a lot along my songwriting journey.

Your songs have a calm tone and sometimes sound a bit nostalgic, but due to the language barrier, sometimes we can’t understand the lyrics at all. What do you usually talk about in your songs?
A lot of my songs talk about me as a human being who is sensitive about life and trying to recapture the past, or who is terrified about the future. Therefore, a lot of my lyrics does have a delicate touch. For example, I wrote a song called “Pity Party” a while ago. The lyrics mainly talk about me being sorrowful and lonely because no one can understand me, and I chose to celebrate my birthday on my own because I couldn’t find anyone to celebrate with. The lyrics go like this:
“You and I side by side,
You’re invited to have a little cry with me.
You and I side by side,
You’re incomplete so as I am I’ll be with you.
You and I side by side Oh Oh.”
Although the music that I am producing might sound really happy and sweet, since I chose to write my lyrics using a different approach, there is a contrast, and they show my honesty towards myself and other people.

You have a few music videos. How do you make them? Is the artwork yours? They are so cute!
Yes, a lot of the artwork and music videos on my YouTube channel were hand-drawn by me. Although a lot of my works appear childish and rough, I think simple line drawings give off feelings of honesty and nostalgia, which I love.

What other artists or bands from the Hong Kong music scene would you recommend?
The Hong Kong indie music scene has started to grow. I highly recommend listening to my label mate, New Youth Barber Shop. They’re a trio folk band, and their hometown in Hong Kong highly influences them. Although their music differs from mine, every time I listen to it, I recall the landscape of Hong Kong. It’s a fast-paced city but, at the same time, there are a lot of mountains surrounding it. Their music is refreshing to listen to, and their songs have a sense of pureness.

What are your plans for the near future?
I’m currently writing a lot of songs right now, and I am hoping to release tons of songs at the end of the year. Moreover, I would like to hold a mini concert and release an album in December, so yeah, I have a lot to do this year, and I truly believe that 2017 is going to be a year for me to explore and learn more about myself, because that’s how we grow! 🙂

Follow Merry’s work at her  Youtube channel and Instagram.