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Interview: RIIIVER JORDAN
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
Growing up in a musical household got me into music, and how it made me feel kept it with me. The sound of music and how it made you feel either emotionally or physically (dancing) has always been a part of me. My home growing up had a studio in it where my siblings and I created music and played DJ. Though I played sports like my Dad I had a love for choir throughout school as well as a love for talent shows and opportunities to dance with my siblings in school or for family. If I hadn't gotten into music I would be a chef or a fitness trainer. I love food and being active which both happen to keep me interacting with people in a way inspired by love and good feelings.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
When I am not playing music I like to dance or watch movies. I am also hugely into fitness so I am typically at the gym or working out outside when I am able. Life inspires my art because Art is my life in all or most areas.
How long has music been your career?
Music has been my career since I could make mix tapes for parties. I loved putting music together to make people feel in whatever setting they were in from "late night drives" to "kickbacks outside the city."
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
I am based out of Los Angeles and Phoenix currently but Kentwood, Michigan will always be home. The differences in spaces and the people influence my music largely because love is shown and shared differently from coast to coast. The weather which affects the scenery also inspires different kinds of music.
Tell me about the best and worst shows you have played.
The best show I played was my first. The worst show I played was my first. The reason for this is because I got to be vulnerable in my mistakes and I had the support of the audience. This was love and a lesson for me to carry to every show after.
Tell me about your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
My favorite venue is any outside stadium because I love the element of nature and the impact the music has on the audience.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
If I could have any lineup I would have Myself, Kehlani, Giveon, Chris Brown, Senua, Drake, Sabrina Claudio, HER, James Arthur, ZAYN, Russ, TREV YARASH, Khalid, Eminem and Rihanna
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into music?
My advice to anyone getting into music is to focus and be present. The balance there is important and will help you to continue to learn while accomplishing all you desire to accomplish.
If you could go back in time and give yourself advice, what would it be?
If I could go back in time to give myself advice it would be to focus. To focus on loving myself and my craft. I was often distracted by seeking approval outside myself or helping others.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
Of my songs "Cruel Intentions", "Breathe", and "Survivor" mean most because of the situations that inspired them. You can hear and feel the emotion in the songs and the layers of sound. I use live elements to create what goes into the music on every level I can.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
My favorite song to perform is "Cruel Intentions" and is also the most requested because of the lyrics and how it makes the audience feel free.
What is the creative process for you, and what inspires you to write your music?
I love to meditate before creating anything musically to assure my highest state of mind. I often have what I call "Poetry Moments" which can happen anytime and any place; so often while driving and I have to pull over to note it somewhere so that I don't forget. I can also freestyle when the moment comes.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
Everything I do, I do with love. I believe the tone in music has changed and now needs to be inspired by love again. The world should fall in love with the world again and each other and music is what connects us all. My music from whatever creative perspective is connected to love in all languages. So much for myself.
Do you ever have disagreements when collaborating and how do you get past them?
Any disagreements I have ever had have always been met with love. I always desire the highest possible outcome for all and have learned the value of energy. Communication is always the answer. respect. And love.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
I plan to continue to inspire the world through music and performing arts to inspire love into the world. I love to speak and inspire others of all ages and backgrounds. So I want to have fun while creating healing for others. My debut EP is on the way, Set to release 3/3 the details can be found on my website BLUPRINC.COM
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