HOT VOX POP QUIZ WITH LIVVY NICOLE
Who is Livvy Nicole? Where are you from, how long have you been playing music etc
I’m Livvy Nicole, originally from High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire but I now live in Thame, Oxfordshire. I have been involved in music professionally from the age of 16 and I studied at Sylvia Young Theatre School from age 11.
If you had to describe your sound using just five words, what would they be?
My music is sassy, fun, vibrant, quirky, powerful, unapologetic POP!
Who are your biggest influences musically?
My first love was The Spice Girls. I loved everything about them, from their songs to their style and brand as a whole. They were the reason I started to sing and perform! I used to make my own concert tickets for my family and put them through hours of torture while I sang and performed their albums from start to finish! I grew up on all the 90’s divas from Celine Dion to Toni Braxton and, of course, Whitney - my mum played their music in the house all the time. As I grew older I found myself being drawn to artists like Avril Lavigne and Pink; I like their rebellious sound and lyrics!
What’s your songwriting process?
I’m lucky to work with a great range of producers and musicians. I try to adapt my music depending on who I’m working with – it helps keep everything fresh and new. I typically start with a melody – it’s the most natural way to start the process for me. However, I do have a list of song titles and concepts on my phone that help to spark new ideas. I’m a very visual writer and I tend to have a vision of what the song/story looks like in my head before I write.
When you were younger, what was the first album that blew you away and you remember putting on repeat non-stop?
Apart from The Spice Girls taking over my life, I also found myself being blown away by Michael Jackson’s album ‘HIStory: Past, Present and Future’. Again, I just spent hours singing and dancing to it from start to finish over and over again.
As a performer, what’s your biggest claim to fame so far?
My biggest claim to fame so far I was lucky enough to support Akon on the European leg of this tour in summer 2014. It was an incredible experience and I learned so much. I’m grateful for being thrown in the deep end I now know what it takes to out on a great performance.
If you could go on tour with any current band or artist, who would it be and why?
The Spice Girls tour, duh! Jess Glynn is one lucky girl! However, well deserved - she is smashing it! Second choice would be Taylor Swift because who wouldn’t want to support the biggest pop star in the world, she also is a great role model and supporter of other female artists.
If you could put your dream team band together consisting of any musicians from the past or present who would the band members be?
The whole of Beyoncé’s band. Not only are they some of the best musicians in the world but they are all female. I’ve always wanted an all-female band but, unfortunately, they are hard to come by; I hope this changes in the near future.
How would you describe your live show to someone who has never seen you perform before?
My shows are just good fun. Life can be tough and taken too seriously at times and I hope people can come and have a good time and let loose. I hope my fans leave feeling confident, celebrated and full of sass to take on the world.
Do any of you have any pre-gig or post gig rituals? If so, what and why?
Yes, I always try to sit down and eat with my band before a show, it’s good bonding time and who wants to perform on an empty stomach! Post gig, have a few drinks with fans and people who have come out of their way to come and watch and support!
What would your ultimate rider be if you could have anything without being accused of being a diva?
Without going all Mariah on you, I would just require a space for me and my band to chill. Maybe a few drinks and lots and lots of crisps as I’m obsessed! Music playing to get us going and maybe a hair and make-up artist so I can feel stage ready!
If we were to browse your music library what is the most embarrassing song we might find? Or who is your guilty pleasure artist?
Probably Disney movie sound tracks! I Love blaring them on long journeys and being all the characters. A personal fav’ is The lion king!
Tell us one thing your fans would be really shocked or surprised to hear or learn about you
I’m a big fan of Linkin Park! I’ve bought all their albums.
If people want to check you out online where is the best place to go?
Finally, What does the future hold for you as an artist?
I hope my future in music involves lots of successful records on streaming services and one day on radio! Sold out shows where I can meet and sing for my fans and hopefully a brand that spreads as far as the fashion industry to give my fans the ultimate experience and a platform to help new artists. I just want to make a mark and a difference in whatever creative way I can.
The Old Queens Head,25 April
The Camden Assembly,27 April
The Workshop,03 May
GIGI'S HOXTON UNDERBELLY,08 May
The Camden Assembly,18 May
O2 Academy Islington,19 May
The Camden Assembly,07 June
Notting Hill Arts Club ,08 June
The Camden Assembly,28 June
The Borderline,13 July