Connie Lim’s artistry doesn’t just belong on the stage. She shares her personal battles to inspire and educate with the hope that music can help others the way it helped her.
Connie Lim was an original finalist for The Voice in the US, she raised £13,000 on KickStarter.com to fund her debut album and was recently named a top Asian musician on Buzzfeed.com.
What part of your singing career is unique or different?
As a survivor of anorexia and anxiety, I have a strong passion to reach out to those who are struggling with their own battles. I want to encourage people to look inwards, rather than outwards, for the standard of beauty.
How do you share that message?
I tour to colleges, elementary schools, and intermediate schools to share how music helped me find my inner strength to fight the battle against my eating disorder.
What has helped you to reach a larger audience?
Singing cover songs on YouTube has helped me reach people all over the world.
A performance FAIL
Letting the initial tentative energy of an unknown audience dictate my energy – the singer always has the power to change the vibe of a room.
A performance SUCCESS
For my record release at Hotel Cafe I really carefully laid out the details of the show prep, from technical stage to band rehearsals, which helped me stay calm and confident during the show; preparedness creates confidence.
Tell us your favourite vocal gear
TC-Helicon’s Voice Live Touch because I can loop my vocals and a drum machine as a way to enhance my live show.
A musical lesson you’ve learned the hard way
When I first started playing with a band I was so excited and in love with collaborating with other players that I didn’t filter enough, allowing too many parts to confuse the sound and clutter the live performance.
A vocal lesson you’ve learned the hard way
I learned that I rush vocals during recording sessions which made me have to practice timing for a while before I got the pocket down.
A few ingredients of a memorable vocal performance
Preparation, focusing on the emotions of the song, and great song choice.
Most important lesson you have learned about social media
Content is king – my priority is to share high quality material rather than random shots at getting attention.
Most important lesson you have learned about vocal health
I sing to a 25 minute warm up CD before every show, which loosens up my muscles, and provides a ritual that I turn to for comfort.
Name one influential singer, and what it is that makes them stand out to you
Imogen Heap is my favourite singer because she not only has a beautiful tone, but also uses her voice as a creative instrument that weaves around her lead vocals.
Tell us about your current music project
My new soul/indietronica artist project, MILCK channels my artist personality, which is totally different from my songwriter, performer, or singer personalities.
Interested in reading more from Connie? Read her next article: How Music Can Save You – Connie Lim’s Journey
Connie Lim, aka MILCK, writes lyrics that sink deep as blades, delivering her sultry vocals with ease and power. She produces her indietronica beats that weave around her as she creates empowerment through love, pain, and healing.