Fresh off her trip to Thailand, i had the opportunity of interviewing the beautiful, talented singer/songwriter - Lisa Lavie.
Here is what we talked about.
I know you're currently on tour right now, how is that going?
I actually just got off tour with Yanni last week & then went straight to Thailand for 2 of my own shows with my band. It was GREAT! Such amazing experiences on the road! :)
For anyone just hearing about your for the first time, can you give some background information about yourself?
I'm a Singer/Song-writer from Montreal, Canada currently residing in Los Angeles chasing my dream, hehe! :D
How did you get into music?
I've been into music ever since I could remember. I started singing when I was 10 years old. My brother 'Danny' is a Hip Hop Dj (Dj Devious) and growing up listening to his music everyday blasting in the house definitely pushed me towards my career in music. I then started touring as a background vocalist at the age of 16 with a hip hop group called 'Dubmatique'. We toured across Canada. After that tour is when I really started taking my singing career seriously.
How would you describe your (musical) sound?
I would say I have an R&B sounding voice with pop elements. My first album was geared towards a lot of pop ballads but this next album is going to have a lot more flare & radio friendly songs.
Why did you decide to start uploading videos on youtube, what was the story behind that?
I decided to start uploading videos onto YouTube 4 years ago when a cousin of mine introduced me to it. I was fascinated by the site and thought I'd upload one of my originals to see what people thought about it, I wasn't sure I'd even get anybody watching it but before I knew it, I had hundreds of comments which turned to Thousands and then millions of views. I feel so blessed to have this amazing vehicle to reach the masses with my music!
What opportunities would you say it has brought you so far?
The opportunities have been countless. I've met so many amazing people through youtube & have performed at so many events through youtube alone not to mention that I've been able to build an online audience to which I could then share my music with. It's really hard to get out there with your music unless you want to sign everything away to a major record label and that's not my route, so this avenue is perfect for me.
Is this something you would advice any aspiring musician to look into?
I would say that you can't give up, A lot of artists try for a couple of years and then just throw their aspirations aside. You gotta keep on going no matter the obstacle. I've had countless of obstacles & I still do but I choose to not let anyone or anything get in the way of my success, which is probably why I work alone as I've had too many people holding me back in the past! I haven't met the right team to help me on my journey.
Where can fans catch you guys live especially on your tour?
I just came off of a 2 month tour & a couple shows in Thailand and won't be touring for the next few months as I'm currently working on my 2nd album however I keep everyone up to date with everything through my newsletter which is www.lisalavie.fanbridge.com!!! :)
What are your musical goals and what lessons have you learned so far?
My musical goals are to continue being creative & writing songs that I feel, not only for myself but for other artists, To work with producers and people that see my vision, to reach a mass audience beyond the online platform, to travel the world performing & doing what I love and to be happy in the process. I've learned a lot of lessons. I've learned that I should always follow my intuition. When you hear or feel that little voice inside of you, always listen to it. In the past, I've pushed that feeling to the side and the outcome wasn't so great, I've also learned that you can't wait for the RIGHT people to come and take your project to the next level, you have to do it yourself.
What's the best piece of advice someone ever gave you?
TO BE TRUE TO WHO YOU ARE!
What do you do when you're not making music?
When I'm not making music I'm online replying to e-mail's & messages on all of my social networks or watching Reality TV shows, LOL
Anything else you'd like to add?
I want to add that I appreciate everyone's support on this journey I'm on. It feels great to go on Facebook, YouTube & Twitter everyday & see messages from all of my supporters around the world. I have the best fans & I feel so blessed!!! :-)
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