Shiv

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Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned singer Shiv to find out more…

Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I was born in Zimbabwe and was raised there until I was five, when I moved to Ireland. I’ve lived there ever since but am currently in Paris and hoping to be based here for the next while.

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
I was always into music, my parents were a huge contributing factor to that. My dad played a wide variety of music from Pink Floyd to 2Pac to Erykah Badu and absolutely everything else in between. When we first moved to Ireland, we didn’t have a car for a while and our town was small so used to walk everywhere and my mum would teach my sister and I songs she would harmonise to as we walked around.

When I was growing up I really listened to almost anything. A huge influence was Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child. I also loved Corinne Bailey Rae and Kate Nash. My first gig was actually a Kate Nash gig in the Olympia Theatre in Dublin. Kanye West, Boyz II Men, Collie Budz and Alicia Keys were also heavy features in my listening when I was younger.

Lately I’ve been feeling inspired by Frank Ocean, Kanye West, Lady Wray and as always Erykah Badu. Each have quite different production styles and I’m really interested in how much production and vocal tone can tell a story just as much as lyrics can.

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How would you describe your sound?
Honestly, I’m still trying to figure out my sound. I don’t want to commit myself to a genre because I feel like I haven’t even explored my style enough yet to fully understand which category I fall into. I do think though at the moment I would describe my music as warm, smooth and emotional.

What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest release is a song I wrote called “Golden”. I wrote all of my current songs in Mozambique in March, where my parents were living at the time. Every evening I used to watch the sun set and the golden light it cast over the city, and as I reflected on that and how it made me feel, I started writing a poem about that golden feeling you get when you start falling in love. I was playing some chords on the piano one evening and this particular round of chords I played reminded me of that feeling, I put the two together and Golden was born!

What’s your local music scene like?
The Irish music scene to me feels like it’s at a really exciting place right now. Spotify and social media are making music a much more accessible career path, and helping to put Ireland on the international map. More and more people have the opportunity to share themselves and be heard. It’s inspiring to see so many talented and creative people coming from our little country.

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What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I’m hoping to release my first EP before the end of this year. I've done a few collaborations with some amazing artists that should be coming out very soon! I’ve been feeling inspired lately as I’ve been in Paris for the last little while, and have been producing a lot so I’m hoping I’ll have lots of music to share. Definitely hoping to do some festivals in the summer.

Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Too many people to name! For now I’m going to focus on figuring my sound out fully.

You can find out more about Shiv via Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, Twitter or YouTube.