LIPS, characterized as a giant pair of lips on legs, is one part Stephanie Brown one part Casio keyboard. The New Zealand native has been performing under this persona since 2010.
Her cunning sense of humor comes through in songs about everyday life including her neighbor Scarlet who got hit by an Impala and a man from Amsterdam who fell asleep on the 7 train.
LIPS currently lives in Brooklyn and released her first EP via Bandcamp in October 2010. In June 2011, the single “Everything To Me” was released. This week, she dropped “Ghosts and Demons,” a tune with a heavy beat and dark lyrics.
The Specgot in touch with LIPS to discuss the origin of her name and what inspires her music. Hear her answers and some of her tunes below.
How did you come up with your name? Lips is the name of a character that I made up, she is a girl with a giant pair of Lips for a head. She’s not me but she personifies my music I guess, because I am a girl musician making music by myself and a giant pair of lips on legs represents that.
Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here? I am releasing a new song in September called “Ghosts and Demons.” I plan to play more shows around the place and keep releasing a new song every couple of months.
What inspires your music? Music is a form of story telling for me. Songs usually come on like a sneeze and could be inspired by an interesting title, or a harmonic progression, or a fragment of a melody that won’t leave me alone.
What musicians or bands do you look up to? Prince! Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Fleetwood Mac, Bill Withers and all those songs that draw you in and suddenly you realize you’re covered in goosebumps.
Why do you make music? It’s a bit like eating food, if you don’t do it for a while then suddenly you find yourself feeling empty.