ALL ACCESS BLOG: Talk about young POVI…
(Where you grew up)
(Things you did liked to do when you were younger)
(Childhood best friends)
(Religion present in home)
POVI: My first memories are form when my mom and my two older brothers lived in my grandpa’s house in Park Hill, Denver. I just remember wanting to do whatever my brothers were doing. I think at heart I’ve always been a tomboy. Then we moved to a small town called Gunbarrel. I remember being sad that we left the city, my brothers and I were just board…there wasn’t much to do besides play in the dirt; which is exactly what we did. I remember putting on my Globes skate shoes and “skating” down the frozen canal behind our neighborhood. We had a lot of fun, and got into ALOT of trouble. Me and my two best friends growing up, who are still like sisters, we used to get into all kinds of mischief. It was fun. They grew up Catholic, and my household was a spiritual one. We always had drums, guitars and shakers lying around, and the music was usually funk, soul, or a mixture of Native American or Middle Eastern world music. There was never pressure in my household to pick a god, but I do believe in a higher power and the will of fate and energy. I was always curious about different religions and I find solace in many of them.
AAB: When did you know you were going to pursue music?
P: I fell in love with the performing arts deeply at a young age. Romanticizing of acting, dancing, singing, consumed me. I had so much time on my hands when I was younger, my mom worked full time and my step dad was gone a lot for work. And eventually I didn’t care about what my brothers were doing anymore. The notion of performance was overwhelming and compelling. I started acting and singing up for any program that Denver had a lack there of. Then I saw an acting friend of mine began to play the Harp, so I kind of became obsessed but later fell out of love with that, I think singing had my heart all along. So when I was 11, I told my mom that is what I wanted to do. She was definitely weary, seeing as she like the rest of her family was not from a musical background and living in Colorado especially at that time did not have an industry for that. But all the same she’s always been my rock.
AAB: When did you think to yourself, “Damn, I can sing”? (LOL)
Did you get confirmation from anyone? (Friends, family, random people who overheard)
P: I don’t know if I ever thought to myself ‘damn I can sing’. I just remember doing it and it felt like a religious experience. It intoxicated me in the most pure way. I just really love it and it feels good. Then when people would come up to me and say you’ve got a voice, I was really flattered and surprised. It means a lot to be received for something you care so much about.
AAB: What led you to the R&B/Soul genre?
P: I connect with it. It’s the most passionate music to me. It’s powerful and multidimensional and allows the singer to carry a message through that has grit, integrity and love.
AAB: Who are some of your musical influences?
P: Anderson Paak, Erykah Badu, Rufus Wainwright, Outkast (dungeon family), Nina Simone, Jill Scott, early Fiona Apple, Faith Evans, Alicia Keys, Amber Perkins, Raphael Saadiq…the list goes on! There is endless music and so much of it is good. Those are just some of my early and latest influences.
AAB: Why a live band vs. singing over an instrumental track?
P: Having live instruments often creates a richer sound, and in this era of music it seemed like everyone was performing with a Dj, which I don’t have a problem with at all. I just really wanted to feel the music in a authentic way and give that to the people listening as well. It’s kinda like church to me. Sometimes I feel like that live feeling connects me to something higher.
AAB: What else makes your soul happy besides making music?
P: This business can be a lonely one, so really having my family close and my friends who I consider my family around fulfills me. Just building and crating memories is important to me.
AAB: What are some resources in Colorado that are available for independent artists?
P: The first thing that pops in my mind is Each Other. The community is becoming stronger for artists right now; a lot of us band together and create within our own. Souls in Action and Annex Clothing are a few collectives off top that are involved in community building in Denver that I really respect.
AAB: How did 30 Days in LA and opening up for Tinashe come about?
P: The Red Bull Sound Select program has had my back tough, they really wanted to throw me on a 30 Days in LA show and found me a spot with Tinashe, I couldn’t have been happier. I respect her a lot and felt like it was a great fit genre wise.
AAB: How different do you think the R&B genre would be if Aaliyah was still here?
P: I think about that sometimes, like what Rap would be if Pac were still here. Feeding food for thought to young up and comers. I see her as a timeless artist with the ability to transcend through the changing music industry. I think like Beyoncé has done flawlessly she would have given the music world a run for their money and kept them on their toes. It would be a better world. RIP.
AAB: A signed artist or an independent artist?
P: I am not the type of person to have one opinion, one way…forever. I’m open to others believes and what not. So I think that if the right opportunity came about I would be open to signing to a label. I think it’s all about your understanding of who you are. That is really important to being an artist. Signed or not. For now being an independent artist is cool, I am able to build with other up and coming or established creatives without the politics of the biz.
AAB: Being from the first state to legalize MMJ, how do you feel about it?
Are you into it?
Would you ever perform at an MMJ infused event?
P: It’s bitter sweet I suppose. I’m grateful that we are safe from the law, say if you get pulled over and you have a little bit of weed you won’t go to jail and be caught up with the law. I’m happy about that because I had a lot of friends who spent time in jail for having or selling weed. So it’s crazy that now it’s not a problem. It’s bitter because now it’s really expensive lol. And an insane amount of people have moved to Colorado since, which, I like big city’s so I don’t mind, but I know it’s tough on locals. Rent is rising and the minimum wage isn’t. Feel me? I think we should legalize it everywhere. I don’t mind the green; I am a Libra so I’m all about moderation. Sometimes I’ll smoke, sometimes I won’t. I don’t mind it, that’s for sure.
AAB: Out of today’s mainstream artists, who are some artists that you really dig right now?
What’s on your IPod?
P: I can’t stop listening to Anderson Paak, and that new Erykah Badu tape. It’s just good music you know. I also listen to a lot of Jhene Aieko and Mac Miller. Of really mainstream artists I love the Queen B. and I get down to Nicki Minaj, anything off the Pink Print I love.
AAB: Reminiscing about your first time performing, how nervous were you? What made you say, “I’m going to do it”?
Do you still get nervous?
Do you think performing is a new artist’s biggest fear or the fear of one’s music being rejected?
P: I can’t remember how I got signed up to sing a solo in choir, but I did and I was so incredibly nervous. I sang ‘Chestnuts Roasting on An Open Fire’. I think more than anything now I am excited! I feel nervous if I haven’t rehearsed, which I’m super weird about that, I try to rehearse as much as possible, but really I just get super excited to share what I’ve been working on with people.
I think the fear of being rejected is definitely the scariest thing about being an artist, performing, recording, all of it. You are putting yourself in the most vulnerable position for people to either love or hate you. And they can see all your flaws up there on stage. I’ve come to place where I think the flaws are beautiful, and as long as you come from a place of authenticity it doesn’t matter if people like it or not. It’s just a perk if they do.
AAB: What’s your perspective on being an up and coming artist and being in a committed relationship?
Can it work without the non artist partner feeling “left behind” or insecure?
P: I think it can go either way. It’s hard because it can be distracting and dramatic. Other times it’s the best thing ever. You have that person that understands you and supports you. As long as you can stay focused and they know that in the long run it will be worth their patience, then it can work. Otherwise you can get wrapped up in expectations of a normal relationship. And look, this business is not for the faint of heart. You have to be tuff and know what you want. It takes a strong and secure man (woman) to be with anyone chasing their dreams. No matter how big or how small. It’s all significant.
AAB: What’s your flavor? (Male or female)
P: My flavor is male, lol. I’m a girls girl just not like that. I don’t care about that stuff; it’s the same to me as if you prefer chocolate or vanilla ice cream. Love is love. Pure and simple. Like most women, we can non-sexually look at another woman and say “dam, she’s hella fine” or “she’s gorgeous”. We are all human..lol
So to satisfy the original question, my Woman crushes are….. Zoe Kravitz and Jasmine Sanders. Hehe:) but the list goes on.
AAB: What’s your relationship style? (Long-term committed, friends with benefits or Netflix and chill)
P: I have been in a committed relationship before and it was the only real relationship I’ve ever been in. Everything else was just young shit. It takes a lot for me to want to date someone. I think it’s pretty rare to find someone you want to spend all your time with.
AAB: When in a relationship, what are you the best at? The worst at?
P: I thought I would ask my ex this question, he says “You were loyal and honest. You never gave me massages!!” I am going to get better and giving lots of massages. Haha.
AAB: What is your greatest lesson learned thus far as far as being an independent artist and being in the music business in general?
P: The greatest lesson I have learned is to know who you are at your core as an artist, so that nobody can push or pull you into a direction that isn’t %100 you. I have also learned that building strong relationships is key to feeling whole. This music industry can be a lonely place so having those people on your team that are not just working for you but working with you is so important.
AAB: How did management come about?
P: My brother was DJing at a festival in CO that we had a set at, he introduced me to my manager LuLu Clair. I felt when I met her that we could make a really good team, and so I asked her a few months later if we could build and she was about it! She’s stepped up in major ways, you truly can’t do anything in this world great without a team.
AAB: What’s next for Povi, what can fans expect soon?
P: I have some brand new music coming out that I am really really excited about. The production is amazing, I feel that this music will resonate with people going through heart break or even just turning a new leaf in their lives. That’s what I’m going through and it’s scary but exciting at the same time. So look out for that in 2016!
AAB: Is there anyone that you would like to give thanks to/shoutout that’s been supporting you and your music career since day 1?
P: Oh man, yes! Getting support can come in many different ways, sometimes it’s tough love other times it’s just showing up. So I would say thanks to my family, they see me now and are hella proud and that means everything. And of course my friends and fans. Without their hype and support I wouldn’t be able to do this. Truly they are the oil to my engine and I am forever Grateful for all of them.
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