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A Conversation with Everr Liii: Music Forever, for You

Ever Lee (李画然; born November 18, 1995), works professionally as Everr Liii. Ever grew up in Harbin, China. In her early childhood, Ever was influenced by her grandpa who was an Erhu player for Cantonese Folk Music (广东民乐). At 6, she performed piano at Harbin Pioneers Palace. At 11, Ever moved with her family to Oakland, USA.

In her undergraduate years, Ever was trained as a sculpturist, painter, filmmaker, and musician at VCUarts, Temple University, and New York Film Academy. As a musician, at that time, Ever mainly composed and produced commercial music and film scores. One known work of she is a commercial song for Hisense air conditioners and Rio alcopops at Suning Commerce, China.

At 23, Ever obtained her certificate of Neurological Music Therapist at Toronto University, Canada. Ever believes in the power of healing and storytelling in music. The first official album of Everr Liii is RR Phantom.

Linda Campbell: You’ve been making music for a while. What makes you finally decide to release an album?

Everr Liii: The music I made before was mostly for other people. For film and TV, I made music for the environment, the characters. Now I want to focus more on my own feelings.

Linda: What is the story behind RR Phantom?

Everr: It’s a valediction. It’s a simulation of my emotions and experiences. To me, it’s fun and satisfying to make stories into music.

Linda: What are some of your future plans, in music, in film?

Everr: There are a few songs in the process. For my next album, my goal is to make it beautiful. I want to make something that people can listen to forever. There will be elements of world music. My plan in filmmaking for now is to focus on idDocLab. I had to take down three documentaries because the interviewees decided to not be seen in public. Though they’ve signed the release forms, I deleted them anyway.

Linda: What a pity! I look forward to your next album. Will it be instrumental as well?

Everr: There will be lyrics as well. But I will also make instrumental music, out of love to myself.

Linda: I can’t wait! Do you prefer instrumental music over lyrical songs?

Everr: No, I don’t. The process of making instrumental music is a therapeutic meditation session to me. It’s a pure self-love process. I care more about the listeners of my music when it comes to the lyrical ones. But I enjoy both.

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