INDIE MUSICIAN Arumimihifumi is a legend in the local music scene, winning a mainstream award last year - in the band category of the Commercial Radio Ultimate Song Chart Awards - without support from major record labels. But now she is lying low with a serious back injury she suffered in November. 'If not for this injury, I would be on vacation having fun now,' says Arumimihifumi, also known as Miko Kao and Ah Fei, who has been told by her physiotherapist that it may take her two years to fully recover. Kao is still cheerful even though she has had to cancel all her performances and her holiday. With hair dyed burgundy and wearing jeans, a long-sleeved T-shirt and a black leather jacket, she sits in a cafe at Festival Walk in Kowloon Tong, ready to talk about her latest release, Legendary Queen. 'It's a gift for my friends,' says Kao, who is now restricted to only making studio recordings. Gone, for the moment, are her wild stage antics - dancing and acrobatics - but she is still having fun with her music partner Keith Leung. Legendary Queen is an EP of seven tracks - an instrumental start and finish with five stories in between. It is Kao's first record since 2001, when she released Miss Takao. The album-titled song was inspired by the music award she won. 'After receiving that award, I realised it's easy to be a legend for a while, but hard to remain one your entire life,' she explains. Kao was signed by a mainstream record label in 2000, but pulled out because they wanted her to create commercial music. 'To me, people who work very hard to achieve their ambitions are successful; whether they are famous or not does not really matter,' she says. Legendary Queen's second track, the only Cantonese song on the album, is dedicated to DJ Sammy and DJ Kitty, whom Kao met when she took part in the musical This Summer, This Moment in 2001. The album is a mix of happy and sad songs. In the latter category is Goodbye Bali. 'A friend of mine adopted a three-month-old kitten which was weak and skinny. Later it was found to be HIV-positive and had to be put to sleep,' she says. 'It was so sad. I can still remember the innocent look the kitten had in her eyes when we had her put down.' There is also a song about behind-the-scenes people in the music industry, such as composers and lyricists. The rest are about the young daughter of a friend of Kao's. But life for Kao is not all about making music. Last year, she was in the comedy Golden Chicken, which stars Sandra Ng Kwan-yu and Eric Tsang Chi-wai. Kao plays a mainland sex worker in the movie. It was her first movie role, and she says she would not mind taking on such a challenge again. 'Playing a prostitute or a princess makes no difference to me. I was just worried about whether I would lower the quality of the production as everyone was professional and experienced,' says Kao, a stage management graduate from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. The singer is curently writing a book about the stories behind the songs on her album.