The DMV rules again. It has been many artist lately that we have ran into from the DMV. As you know some of your favorite celebrities are from there such as Pharell, Chris Brown, Missy Elliott, Fat Trel, Wale, Rico Bandz and more. We had the honor of getting some exclusive gems from Bentley Records recording artist " LIVe ". She's also apart of the LGBTQ community so it's only right here we show her double love. Right now she has a trending song out right now called "Still Yours " available on all platforms. Make sure you go stream it. Below we want to share with you some of the questions we were able to ask her during our link up with her. Check below, find out what is hot about " LIVe ". IamDjRo had some dope questions for this indie artist.
• Tell me in a few words, who you are. How would you describe yourself in a short story.
My name is Liv. I was born in Washington D.C, but I live in PG County, Maryland. I am super outgoing and I get along with many different personalities. I love music and the emotions it brings. That's why I wanted to become an artist, to evoke emotion in others with my sound.
• What’s your stage name and how did you come up with it?
My stage name is “LIVe”. It's a play on my childhood nickname, which is “Livie”.
• What got you into music?
My family has always encouraged me to pursue singing because I have been singing
ever since I was a little girl. One day, my mom heard me singing and asked me whose
song I was singing. I quickly replied that I had just made it up. After she scolded me to start writing my songs down, I started taking music more serious.
• What was life like growing up?
I grew up in a two parent home in the suburbs. I'm an only child so I spent a lot
of time with my cousins and friends I made at school.
• Who is your inspiration? What keeps you going to get up daily and put effort into your music career?
I work hard at my craft so that my family's lives will become
financially secure and stress-free. My mom has made many sacrifices
for me and my career and my immediate family has always been supportive of my music.
• What is your creative process like? What is the meaning behind
your current single?
I usually sit down and listen to a beat 3-4 times, then intake about 20-30 minutes to write a song. I practice my delivery, then I go to the studio and lay the final verses. My newest single, Still Yours, is inspired by the many “situationships” we see in the dating world today. It's a play on the fact that the couple is no longer together, but they still want “relationship-type” treatment/benefits.
• What is the name of the current single/ep/album that you are
pushing? Do you prefer people to buy it or stream? And why?
My newest single is called “Still Yours”. I would prefer people to stream because there are many streaming platforms I can reach listeners on.
• With the industry changing so much, would you stay indie or sign to a label? Why and why not?
I would say stay indie, but work with an artist development focused label if possible. That way you can retain your masters and still get label type support and opportunities.
• Do you feel like the music industry has went down since the pandemic? Why or why not? Where you affected by the pandemic with music or everyday life?
I don't at all. It just causes artists to become more creative with how they interact with their fans. When the pandemic started, I had to create my own home studio, which I think made me realize I was really serious about my career.
• If you were give a chance to sit down and have a business dinner with a celebrity who would it be and why?
I'd have dinner with P Diddy. He is always making money moves, building generational wealth. I want to be on the same type of time.
• How do you balance everyday life tied into your music career?
I quit my part-time job to focus fully on music and ever since then lots of opportunities have been coming my way to support my music journey.
• Tell me about your most memorable moment in your career?
When I got my first article done on me, I couldn't believe it. It was in Loading Magazine and was published in Toronto, Canada. My family and friends were ecstatic.
• What style of music do you prefer to make? Would you ever try a different lane?
I prefer R&B, but lately I have been perfecting my rap/hip-hop music. I'm getting better at it so much so it's starting to feel natural.
• Do you have a celebrity crush?
Not gonna lie I think Doja Cat is really fine.
• Is there anyone who you would collab with right now?
I would like to collaborate with Post Malone and Lil Durk within like the next two or three years, but more immediately I'd love to get Soulja Boy on a song.
• Who is the producer and engineer behind your music?
Alex Corvera, he is a super talented producer from Virginia.
• What are you currently working on and what is next for you?
I am currently looking to drop my sophomore album within a year from now and I am also working on a large collaborative album. The large album has about 10-12 featuring artists who decided to mix their sound with mine.
• When it comes to fashion, whats your dressing style ?
I definitely have a nice way of mixing feminine and masculine dress whenever I step out. I also am a freelance model, so I bring my own style to any shoot I direct.
• What is your creative process like and who inspired you to make
I take out an hour or two to write songs based off how each beat makes me feel. Whitney Houston is who truly inspired me to sing. I often did vocal exercises to her songs and have sang them at multiple recitals.
• If you could open up for one celebrity who would it be and why?
Post Malone 100%. I believe my melodic raps and singing would mesh really well for his sad boy rockstar sound.
• What would you be doing right now if it wasn’t for your music career?
I would be finishing up my degree in public relations and working with people in the media industry for their marketing needs.
• What is one message you would give to your fans?
Many people to follow your dreams, but you need to make feasible goals in order to get there. Come up with back up plans and NEVER let anyone speak fear into your plans.
Describe your current song to our readers. What was the creative process like with it, what is the meaning of it, what makes this song a hit etc, Pretty much like a bio on the song.
“Still Yours” is inspired by all the relationships without titles, where both parties still expect to participate in “relationship-style” activities. They want exclusivity without the commitment. The song begs the partner to come back and at least have sex one last time because they are sorely missed. When I heard the beat first, the words “you know my heart broke” kept circling around my head. Once I built off that, it wasn't hard to coin the title, “ Still Yours”. This song will be a hit because most people have either been the victim or the manipulator.
Here is where you can find "LIVe" and also her music.
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