Today we are publishing the Exclusive Interview with Ivy Blue in which he will be talking about his music career and a lot of other upcoming stuff.
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Q: First of all we want to say welcome to you.
A: Hello. Thank you for inviting me onto your blog to talk about 21. I’m looking forward to it.
Q: How did you come into music industry?
A: I came into music because it was also a therapy of sorts for my Autism and ADHD. Music was one of the very few things that helped me get to where I am and it’s allowed me to say what I want to say in the way I feel most comfortable doing so. It’s partly the reason I’m still here. But the main reason I started doing Ivy Blue and music full stop was because I loved it. And I don’t think too much about the industry or what’s hot in the end. I just love playing music. And that’s really it. Lame story I know but I couldn’t make up anything more interesting even if I tried.
Q: Who was your inspiration for music?
A: Inspiration is a tricky thing to talk about. My inspiration is largely the things I observe in my life and the different ideas communicated in the music. Of course I enjoy many artists both those who are very well-known as well as those who are very obscure in the underground. There’s too long of a list to name them. But what I primarily look for in music is the ideas people are trying to communicate as well as what meaning the songs have to me as a human being. Because if a song doesn’t have any meaning or existence- what’s the point? One of the bands in New Zealand who I think are an amazing example of said inspiration is a group called The Latest Fallout here in New Zealand (who are well-known where I come from).
They are often forward-thinkers and they communicate what they want to say in the most unpredictable ways and they always leave me wanting more. And then there’s Seas Of Conflict who are more on the experimental heavy metal side of the bar. They take what they do and they experiment in a very similar way while keeping the focus on the music and the meaning behind the song without losing any integrity along the way and all the while expanding their musical horizons to places that I’ve never seen metal acts here go to. And that’s inspiration to me. It’s not who the music is by or whether it’s good music or not- it’s more what the stories and ideas behind the songs are. That’s when things get interesting.
Q: What is the name of your debut song?
A: The first song on 21 is called Red Hill Town. It’s a love song to my primary school Elstow-Waihou Combined School and my hometown of Te Aroha. It’s weird really- the whole album’s weird. Because I don’t really do the looking back on your life so far kind of thing much. But a friend of mine told me at my 21st birthday that in order to move forward in life you sometimes have to look backwards on the things you’ve done (both good and bad). So the whole album has been very much a reflective process; but this one track from the album is especially reflective. The only other songs that come anywhere close to that level of nostalgia are When We Were Young and Pictures. The rest tell the stories. You’ll understand it when you listen to it in person. There are 5 albums prior to this one (as well as an EP and compilation that I’m not personally a fan of) but that’s a lot of history to fit into this conversation.
Q: Say something about your musical journey?
A: It’s never been easy, but it’s never stopped. I try not to stay in one place for too long and instead of reaching the top of the mountain and staying there- I use each mountain as a launching pad to the next. Sometimes you end up where you started and sometimes you end up somewhere you’ve never been. You usually can’t wait to find out and the thrill of a journey no matter what you do is always one of the most exciting parts of the journey.
Q: Who helped you most in your journey?
A: There are many people who have helped me through my journey as both a human being and as a musician. They may have given me advice, they may have had me perform at their shows, they may have helped me write songs, the variety of things can go on and on and on. A stand-out figure is my father. And he’s not too involved in the world of music but I remember when I was going through a really rough patch in my early teems and I was asking my Dad for advice on how to deal with it; and I will never forget this- my Dad said to me that “Life is always going to throw you strawberries and lemons. And life will lead you to places you’d never think exist. Some of those places are beautiful and extra-ordinary and some of them will lead you to the darkest lows you will ever face. But no matter whether this situation is good- it’s what we make of them. And as long as you do your best to be the best person you can be- I couldn’t be a prouder father”. That hopefully explains itself, adn I carry that advice from our talk about life at the river with me today. So it’s helped me more than my father could ever imagine.
Q: Who gave you pieces of advice?
A: I have had many people give me advice. Most of them have been from either adults or my parents/stepparents. But some of the most practical advice I have ever been given was surprisingly from my classmates. And I make quite a few references to them in the album. The first line of Chasing Lights (Track 6) is “The World is filled with dramas and heroes, but the sky’s still full of stars”. That came to me from a friend when I was a pre-teen as she was going through similar things
that I was going through at the time and I don’t remember who was trying to help who initially but we ended helping each other cope with what were very difficult situations (keeping in mind we were age 12 at the time this was amazingly mature for our age). Another reference of life advice comes in the heavier track of the album. It’s called “The Blackouts”. And the life-inspiring chorus goes as follows: “When you’re a spark in the dark you know who you can be. When the lights go out, all that you’re left with are The Blackouts”. Again this advice was given to me by a classmate, except this time I was 10 and he was 11. We’re still in touch to this day and he consitently reminds me that I am me. So there you go. And then there’s “Pictures” (the final track). The final spoken word bit is a greatest hits of sorts that all my classmates over the years have given me whether it’s good or bad. It’s my salute to them in a way but that’s way to complicated to go into here (because it also blends my thoughts about the future at that point of time where my firends were graduating adn heading down seperate paths and my anxiety around that) so you’ll have to listen to that one to find out.
Q: What do you do now a days?
A: Well, right now I’m doing all the promotional rounds possible to support 21 and I’m in ongoing talks about the tour and doing a few other things behind the scenes. But once I’m done with the interviews it’s holiday mode until rehearsals begin for the tour and then we start off on the road early in the year. Right now I’m focusing on this though (and helping with a charitable trust
Q: Let us know something about your future projects
A: The Grand Circles Tour is going to kick off in Febraury and will take me overseas to some degree. So far we have dates down for Europe, New Zealand, and USA with others to be confirmed in good time. I’ll be visitng the usual ports of call as well as a few surprise ones that I can’t usually get to so I’m really excited to finally get on the road.
Q: What is your message to your fans?
A: Thank you for believing in me. I hope I make you proud and I’m looking forward to playing for you in 2018. A lot of you have been waiting some time for this to happen so I hope I do you jsutice when on the road. You deserve it for your paitence.
Q: Any message for new artist?
A: The skill of going to a party is knowing when it’s the right time to leave. The same idea can count for music as well. When something’s not working, it’s better to find new grounds and take the best things with you and try something new. Don’t be afraid to experiment and follow your heart both in life and in music and do only what you believe is the right
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