A newcomer to the game, Northwest artist LIV† has a few messages to share in new EP “5 Summers”. Her beautiful voice accompanied with great production makes for a solid project. Get to know her below.
Who is LIV†?
I mean first and foremost at the core of me I am a proud PNW native who loves her family&friends, being a black woman, and adores the hell out of music. And most definitely in that order.
I need to always be creating and always be helping people, especially the youth.
At 27 I believe in “work hard play hard” , I gotta earn the turn up. And I work pretty damn hard so if you follow me on snap you can usually see that there is an equal amount of both going on lol.
On the real though LIV† is a creative. Hands down. With everything I do I am looking to make it a work of art. Its my calling.
How long have you been working on “5 Summers” and what was the inspiration behind it?
Although its a short EP, I for reals have been working on it for 5 summers and I thought it was fitting to be as real as I could throughout this work including with the title.
When I graduated from WazZu I thought I would just hit the ground running and go crazy making music, performing, collaborating with other NW artists and quickly found out that the universe had other plans. To put it plainly, life got crazy, I got distracted, discouraged, I got lazy, got my heart broken, and then my father passed away and I sort of was like “fuck it” and gave up. However a few months after that I really started to assess my life and felt like the only way out of the funk was to get through these pieces of work. Each of them represent a place I was at over the past 5 years, its kind of why most of it is kind of dark and or chill with the exception of purple hearts. I reference my dads death, I reference a few lustful encounters (lol) I wasted time with, I also reference in multiple songs how through it all understanding self worth and the power tenacity is one of the keys to surviving the bull shit (not sure if we are allowed to cuss lol). Essentially it was one of those moments where I knew if I was serious and music truly meant everything then regardless of the fear and uncertainty, no matter what I had to do it.
What’s your favorite song on the project?
Ooh this is a hard one.
I think “FD” because its the most vulnerable. Every artist goes through what I went through making this small project. Whether its a 6 song EP or a full length 15 track album. At some point, inside, you don’t feel as confident and worthy of music as you sometimes portray. And everything you make you think sounds like shit. And while you’re feeling like this it usually feels like everything else is out of whack too. To me “FD” sounds similar to what that feels like. Then I would say the song “Purple Heart” comes in close as my favorite because its almost like the answer to “FD” and represents where I am at now 🙂
What can we expect next?
Create, Collab, perform, Repeat!
Seriously though this project was meant to serve as a catalyst. I am already writing and working no the next project only this time around I want to bring in dope artists to work with and I don’t just mean music! There are so many people in the PNW doing dope artistic things and the goal is to add to that! I have a voice to be heard, I definitely have a perspective to offer, and I think my work is hella cool. This is city is full of like minded and extremely talented individuals whom I would love to work with.
So whats next? Again, Create, Collab, perform, Repeat!
Hear more from LIV† by visiting her Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/liv_musiq