An interview with LIVE 4EVA

By Damilola Grey

Dami: What was your first introduction to music?

LIVE 4EVA: The earliest songs I can remember hearing were “Gold Digger” by Kanye West, “In Da Club” by 50 Cent, and “Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira.

Dami: So what now inspired you to start making music?

LIVE 4EVA: I always wanted wanted to hoop but early on in high school, it looked like that wasn’t going to happen. Some corny ass people in high school were rapping and getting a couple of plays. I listened to their shit and thought, “if they could do it, why couldn’t I?”

Dami: So you started making music in high school?

LIVE 4EVA: Yeah. Late 2018, my sophomore year.

Dami: Who inspired you to start making music?

LIVE 4EVA: I guess those corny ass people but in all actuality, people like Kanye, Future and especially 6 dogs inspired me to dig my heels in and commit to this.

Dami: You dropped a single called “Steve Nash.” Can you tell us about it?

LIVE 4EVA: “Steve Nash” is a world building single. I am slowly but surely introducing and welcoming everyone to purgatory. On Steve Nash, I’m kind of taking a look into the future by acknowledging my past. I’m accepting my mistakes and learning from that while also taking into account that I wouldn’t be here without those mistakes. I’m also a huge basketball fanatic and love referencing the sport as a nod to my previous dream and with the rollout and “getting drafted”
(#dontgetdrafted) it’s almost as if I did end up going to the league.

Dami: What are 3 words you’ll use to describe your music?

LIVE 4EVA: 3 words are too many but never enough but “I won’t die”.

Dami: What do you want people to take away after listening to your music?

LIVE 4EVA: I want people to have a place to escape within my music. My music is a walk in the art of escapism and hyperrealism so I want everybody to be able to forget all their problems whenever they turn on my music and just enjoy themselves. What I want people to take away from my music is that I do is for them. Life is hard but at least you can escape for a second by turning on some LIVE 4EVA.

Dami: What’s next for you after “Steve Nash”?

LIVE 4EVA: After “Steve Nash”, I may or may not have a couple more singles and music videos on the way, but what I’m gearing up for is welcoming everyone to purgatory and taking y’all on that trip with me.

Dami: What’s your creative process like?

LIVE 4EVA: I usually start off with either loop or a beat so I can get a vocal idea and maybe even a hook. From there, I either build out the beat or finish freestyling and come out with a finished song.

Dami: What’s the most challenging part of being an artist?

LIVE 4EVA: Most challenging part is getting back up after every fall, but if it was easy everybody would do it. Only a few people can dig their heels and push pass their limits and that’s not easy.

Dami: What’s the biggest thing you’ve achieved as an artist?

LIVE 4EVA: I’ve performed at a university and I have a couple of songs that have hit 40k streams before, but the biggest thing is hearing people relate to the feelings put in songs. I am not an emotional person so hearing people thank me for being one on a track makes me feel seen.

Dami: What you tryna achieve by the end of the year?

LIVE 4EVA: I wanna hit 10k monthly listeners and be performing consistently. I wanna make my name known in the underground before I take over the world next year.

Listen to LIVE 4EVA’s single “Steve Nash” HERE.

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