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父親為歌手出身,從小陳倚俐(Elisa)跟著他到處走,聽著《愛拼才會贏》之類的經典金曲,到粵劇後台看人化妝。於是她喜歡上唱歌,長大後懷著對舞台的憧憬成為一名歌手,一切都那麼順理成章。然而經過一輪摸索,Elisa決定走的是暗黑路線,與家庭背景與日常性格迥然不同,故事可變得好看了。

從重口味風格找到另一個Elisa
「我在音樂路上暫時算得上很順利,畢竟能在短短時間內能找到自己的風格、想做的音樂和想說的故事,是一件幸運的事。」陳倚俐滿足地說。要以唱歌為自己的事業,當初入行已是實現夢想的第一步,但未摸清前路也是莫大苦惱。Elisa唱過出道作《Give a Try》後知道自己喜歡Band sound、鍾愛濃濃的搖滾味,卻未知應透過自己的音樂向大眾傳遞甚麼訊息。「我為《本無樹》錄音時依然未訂立鮮明形象,直至拍MV後體驗過各種獨特神秘的造型,才認定了這股『重口味』——這就是心底裡我想成為的一個Elisa。」

2015年,陳倚俐憑《本無樹》獲得《澳廣視至愛新聽力頒獎禮》至愛歌曲獎,卻笑言事前一心只打算盛裝出席。「賽前從無預料自己拿獎,當司儀一宣佈《本無樹》獲獎真的令我非常激動和驚喜!謝謝大家的肯定,因為錄製過程中我掏出了很多藏在心底裡的不快,這絕對是一首有血有汗的作品。」陳倚俐認為身為歌手,難得找到自己的音樂目標和明確形象,將來就要堅持走下去。

《抹黑》,除下陰暗面的枷鎖
身邊人私下認識的陳倚俐單純開朗,相反《本無樹》《抹黑》等歌都相對成熟另類。在前者啟蒙之下,迎戰《抹黑》就輕鬆得多,亦再一次讓她以行動證明大家都應勇於將另一個自己釋放。「我在感情表現方面比較內斂,尤其偏向隱藏負面情緒。認識我的人都說我一上台就會『上身』變成另一個人,但其實這就是音樂帶來的力量,要我面對自己的陰暗面和不足之處。」Elisa欲以音樂道出每人內心不為人知的一面:「正如《抹黑》所述,很多東西不由我們控制,但你可以改變自己的想法。」

「《抹黑》的MV拍攝方面,我要特別感謝拍檔禤泳倫(Ring),換了是另一個真的未必如此順利。我和Ring年紀相若又同為棋人歌手,感情特別好。作品中我們有很多親密的互動,自己缺乏這方面的經驗,尷尬之餘又偶有笑場,謝謝Ring一直引導我投入感情。」新MV、造型和故事均比較大膽,Elisa謂籌備時與公司導演Lolita商討下發現彼此思想很相似,效果值得期待。雖然《抹黑》MV對內心戲的要求極高,Elisa卻視之為一種享受。曾參演音樂劇《芝麻GOGO》的她亦希望往後會有更多新嘗試,參與微電影等不同的戲劇。

倘若你懷疑Elisa的歌曲種類只偏向特定路線,那她可以告訴你,認定路向不等同定格,她從來不在音樂方面下規範。現時她不時翻唱音樂作品,嘗試多種曲風,希望大家能看到不一樣的陳倚俐。

Won't You Stand - Cover by Elisa Chan 陳倚俐
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ft0szyleZE

If Only 可惜沒如果 - Cover by Elisa Chan 陳倚俐
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6SxykyjrAU

撰文:陳一格
照片:棋人澳門,陳倚俐Facebook
美術:李介琳

As the daughter of a singer, Elisa used to follow her father wherever he went, listen to old classic songs like ‘No Pain No Gain’ and visit the backstage of Cantonese opera performances. She later fell in love with singing and decided to be a singer when she grew up as she has been long for the stage. Everything just seemed to happen naturally. However, Elisa went for the dark, unconventional style after all which is so much different from her family background and personality – this is what made the story interesting.

Be Hardcore and Found Another Elisa
‘I guess I can say that my music career is smooth until now as it is so lucky to find one’s style, music to make and stories to tell as a rookie,’ smiled Elisa. To make ‘singer’ a job, its debut is the first step to the dream but it is also challenging to find the right way out. After ‘Give a Try’, the first song of Elisa, she got to know that she loves band sound and the chic of rock n’ roll but she still haven’t figured out what message she should bring along with her music. ‘My image was still ambiguous until recording “No Wisdom Tree” but after all that exceptional and mysterious fashion styles in the music video shooting, I was pretty sure I enjoy being “hardcore”, which is new Elisa that I want to be from the bottom of my heart.’

In 2015, Elisa was awarded the ‘Most Popular Song Top 10’ with ‘No Wisdom Tree’ but she did not have any expectation besides dressing up well at first. ‘I never thought I could be awarded. When the emcee announced the results, it was just so exciting and surprising! Thank you for all your support. I dug out my own unpleasant experiences so this is absolutely a piece with blood and sweat.’ To Elisa, a singer must try hard to go on if he or she found a music goal and a recognizable genre to fight for.

‘Blacken’ Unloads The Yoke of The Dark Side
Elisa Chan is well-known for her artless and cheerful personality while in contrast, songs such as ‘No Wisdom Tree’ and ‘Blacken’ are rather mature and non-mainstream. Being inspired by the former, it became much easier when it came to ‘Blacken’ and Elisa proved that everybody should have the courage to liberate the ‘inner self’. ‘I get used to restrain my sentiments, especially the negative ones. People who know me claim that I turn into another person once I step onto the stage – this is actually the strength that music brings me to face the dark side and the insufficiency of myself,’ and Elisa wants to voice out the secret side of every of us, ‘as “Blacken” says, not everything is in your control but you can change your angle when looking at it.’

‘Regarding the music video shooting of “Blacken”, I owe Ring Hun a big thanks to play a role in it and it would never been so smooth without her. We are of the similar age and we are extremely close friends among all Chessman artistes. Intimate interactions were needed between us but I was lack of this kind of experience – that was a bit awkward and just broke during the shooting. Thank Ring for leading me to the appropriate emotion.’ The music video, outfits and story involved are relatively more daring and explicit. Elisa was talking through with Lolita, the director and found that they have a similar mind and that is why we should look forward to the final outcome. Despite the high demand in method acting, Elisa still found it very enjoyable. Having participated in the musical ‘Dreamer Go! Go!’, Elisa wishes to give a try in other aspects and have more opportunities on acting.

If you question if Elisa only sing songs of particular types, she would show you that she is deciding a direction instead of being frozen - in front of music, a singer is never limited. Recently she is making cover song videos, trying to make an attempt to a wider range of music genre. Let us meet a different Elisa Chan.

Won't You Stand - Cover by Elisa Chan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ft0szyleZE

If Only - Cover by Elisa Chan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6SxykyjrAU

Text by Phoebe Chan

Photos from Chessman Macau and Elisa Chan’s Facebook

Art by Carol Lee

ISSUE #0095

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