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Interview: St Levi
Q: What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
A: The thing that got me deeply into music is the big desire of playing guitar at the age of 8, I think that if I hadn't gotten into music I’d be an author, I just love books and storytelling.
Q: What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
A: I love hanging around with my girlfriend, family and friends, workout and read, those things clear my head, they make me way more calm about my career and life in general.
Q: How long have you been around as an artist?
A: I’m around for about 5 years.
Q: Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
A: I’m based in Tel Aviv, Israel, there are bunch of amazing artists here, I highly recommend checking them out, although the main influences were not necessarily from the place I’m from, I grew up when YouTube started coming up so I was very open for lots of music growing up.
Q: How did you come up with the name of yours and what does it mean to you.
A: Great one, never got asked that yet, I go by the name of St. Levi, it basically came off after lots of searchings, in the middle of the night I got hit with this name, my grandfather’s name was Aaron Levi, he passed away surprisingly when I was 9, he was an angel between humans so I felt like I needed to call myself after him.
Q: Tell me about the best and worst shows you have played.
A: Wow, got bunch of stories for this one, the worst one was in very weird restaurant in Tel Aviv with horrible sound, I was doing lots of shows back then, it was an acoustic show, I pumped it all over my social media and thought it would do great, it didn’t, I performed in front of my mom, 2 friends and my cousin, had a very good time though!
The best one for me was playing at Independence Day in 2017, there were about 7,000 people out there, the most packed show I’ve ever played yet, it was an amazing experience.
Q: Tell me about your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
A: My favorite venue to play was Levontin 7 in Tel Aviv though I haven’t played many venues yet, one of my biggest goals is to play Wembley Stadium, sure it will happen one day.
Q: If you could play any show with any lineup who would be on the ticket?
A: So many, I’d have Nirvana, Kanye, Stromae, John Mayer, Billy Joel, Jon Bellion and OneRepublic, I can continue forever but those ones will be for sure.
Q: What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into releasing music?
A: Be yourself, only you know what’s right for yourself, keep growing, always evolve, learn to do as many things as possible, it will help you a lot and always be kind to everybody!
Q: If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
A: Just trust the progress, don’t over stress about stuff and start reading books already!
Q: Of your songs, which one means the most to you and why?
A: The song that I believe means the most to me is “New World”, I wrote it when I was 15, it was released in 2016, there are a lot of very relevant stuff in there, every time I listen to it or play it I get filled by many emotions, give it a listen, it talks about our everyday habits and addictions, those are the kind of things I fight with all the time, it’s available on every platform.
Q: Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
A: My favorite song to play is “All Over Again”, although the most requested one is “Waveshape”, which is the first song I’ve ever released.
Q: What is the creative process for you, and what inspires you to write your music?
A: The creative process is always changing, I could start off with a statement I want to say, a chord progression, a melody, I always lay it down on my computer (I use Cubase as my DAW) and build the whole concept around it.
Actually, everything inspires me to write, I’m not always writing, but I really get inspired from everything I experience, hear, see, imagine or watch.
Q: What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
A: I want messages to be messages of positivity and love, self love, constant growth and evolvement, those are the values I carry with me every single day straight into my music as well.
Q: Do you ever have disagreements in collaborations, and how do you get past them?
A: Yes, of course, it always happens, we always listen to each other’s opinions and have an open and clear mind, we might try to find a nice middle, if we have a very deep disagreement we just might stop working on the track with the coolest vibes from the understanding that it’s just not working out at the moment.
Q: What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
A: My plans for the close future is to put out a new remix for one of the tracks on the new EP I’ve released, won’t tell you which one at the moment ;)
Later this year I have another single and a big collaboration coming as well, and very big plans for 2021 that I I’ll keep for myself for now, stay tuned on Instagram @iamsaintlevi
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