“Live Fast Die Young” dynamic new music by trans woman Yui Karlberg

Waritsara Karlburg

Yui Karlberg

There’s some new musical trans talent out there, and I was just lucky enough to get an interview with one of these  people before she goes  big time. Her name is Waritsara Karlberg.  You might know Waritsara by her stage/nick name Yui.  As her name suggests she doesn’t fit neatly into a homogenized acronym. Her latest release, a breakout song, without a doubt, has to be listened to.

I asked Yui to talk about the track “Live Fast Die Young”,  The songs title alone evokes many images, some energetically youthful and some problematic.

I started writing it because there have been times when I am on the phone” Yui explained “They call me sir and when I tell them to call me madam they go back to calling me sir again. said Yui”

“So, misgendering is in there and it’s about how I feel about all kinds of prejudice, especially racism and transphobia.

Kelli: How has transition affected your music?

Yui: Well, I don’t have to hide anything anymore. I had written a few songs about being in the closet already but after coming out and starting to transition, my songs became so much more passionate. Music has been very therapeutic too.

K: Talk about the intersectionality regarding your your ethnicity, music making and trans status.

Y: I was brought up in Thai and Chinese way by my mum and I’m a devout Theravheda Buddhist. That’s where most of my beliefs come from so living in western society can be frustrating at times. Hence, something to write about.

K: Do you consider yourself foremost a musician or an activist?

Y: I would say more of a musician but I aim to use the music to help me as a Trans advocate. I’m very protective of the Trans community.

K: I don’t see any links to I tunes. Are you planing on going commercial?

Y: Yeah, am on iTunes, Amazon and spotify….
I would like to go as commercial to raise transgender awareness. Music and knowledge is power

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Kelli Busey an outspoken gonzo style journalist has been writing since 2007. In 2008, she brought the Dallas Advocate on-line and has articles published by the Reconciling Ministries Network, The Transsexual Menace, The Daily Kos, Frock Magazine the TransAdvocate, the Dallas Voice and The Advocate. Kelli, an avid runner is editor in chief at Planet Transgender which she founded in 2007.

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