Viv and the Revival

Viv, of alternative pop project Viv and the Revival had one of the better upbringings we’ve ever heard of – the guitarist and vocalist is the child of musical parents – his father a drummer and his mother a manager in the business. Hanging out in recording studios before he could walk, Viv’s first concert at 8 years old was the G3 tour with Satriani and Vai and Eric Johnson. Yea. Not too shabby.

Keeping to the fast track, Viv started playing guitar at age eight, played in bands at 16, moved to Los Angeles to work as a session guitar player at 19, and then began writing and singing his own Viv and the Revival3988438songs at the age of 22. He’s landed spots on stages as large as the Super Bowl with his music, and we’ve been listening to new songs like “Hurricane”, “I Want It”, and “Faded” all weekend – new music we couldn’t wait to hear more about. Viv told us, “My new stuff is definitely the most adventurous I’ve ever written. My new single is called ‘Faded’ and is definitely kind of a departure for me. I have a bunch of songs ready to go and they each really have their own vibe and identity!” Click to to check out the new songs and videos…right after a good read of all the answers to the XXQs below.

XXQs: Viv and the Revival (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what makes you stand out from others in your genre?

Viv and the Revival (Viv): I think I have a pretty eclectic sound, but it all revolves around an alternative pop base. I try to throw a bunch of different influences in there at times, and also throw in some guitar solos which I think separates me from others in my genre.

PEV: What kind of music were you into growing up? Do you remember your first concert?

Viv: I was into a lot of different music growing up, I really just enjoyed listening to everything, from pop to rock to reggae etc. When I started playing guitar, I went through a few years of just listening to guitar heroes and things like that…I was obsessed (laughing). My first concert that I actually remember was when I was 8 seeing the G3 tour with Satriani and Vai and Eric Johnson. I fell asleep (laughing), but I started going to a bunch of shows in my later teens.

PEV: What was it like trying to break into the music scene when you first started? What was your first show like?

Viv: It was pretty intimidating but everyone was really supportive and I caught a lot of good little breaks very early on. I just focused on writing good music, and then everything else started to fall into place more and more. (Laughing) my first show was an open mic contest at this little bar around where I grew up. I was beyond nervous, and didn’t know if I could sing for an entire 40 minute set, but I ended up winning so I guess it went well!

PEV: What can fans expect from a live Viv and the Revival show?

Viv: I definitely try to put on a really energetic show! All of the new songs translate really well to the live thing, they really bump so everyone gets moving.

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage to perform?

Viv and the Revival4333957Viv: Don’t forget the lyrics (laughing). I always want to put on a good show, so I try to get really clear and relaxed. I’ve gotten pretty good with handling the nerves so now I’m just stoked whenever I get on stage.

PEV: What is the best part about being on stage in front of an audience?

Viv: It’s an indescribable feeling, like your adrenaline is pumping, and everything is so loud, it’s this rush that you can’t put into words. Also when you see people singing your lyrics, that’s pretty incredible.

PEV: What is the underlying inspiration for your music?

Viv: I write about pretty universal topics that everyone can relate to. I get inspired by things I see every day.

PEV: You’ve had a lot of success with landing your songs on major media outlets, including commercials during the Super Bowl. When you think back to when you first started out, do you ever look back on your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?

Viv: Definitely! I always want to be grateful for everything because I realize how lucky I am. I get to do what I love for a living, and I guess in some way I didn’t give myself a plan B because I always knew I would do whatever it took to get here.

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about you?

Viv: I can speak fluent French!

PEV: What happens when you hit a brick wall when writing? What are your methods to get over it?

Viv: Honestly, I just take long breaks from writing sometimes. You kind of have to. There’s no need to force things when they’re not flowing. There’s periods of time when you are writing something new that you love every single day, and then there are times when you don’t write for three months. You just have to wait those periods out and enjoy life.

PEV: How do you think the industry has changed since you first started out?

Viv: It’s crazy how fast the business side has changed. Spotify definitely shook things up a lot, and all socials in general have gotten so much more prominent since I first started.

PEV: What can fans expect from your latest release, featuring the hits “Hurricane” and “I Want It”? What was the writing process like for this work?

Viv: My new stuff is definitely the most adventurous I’ve ever written. My new single is called “Faded” and is definitely kind of a departure for me. I have a bunch of songs ready to go and they each really have their own vibe and identity!

Viv and the Revival4313810PEV: With all your traveling, is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?

Viv: I’m not really sure, I would definitely love to play in Europe soon and see what those crowds are like. I’ve heard great things!

PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career?

Viv: Everyone has always been really supportive of my career choice. My parents, especially my Mom has always been 100% there to help with anything she could. My friends definitely keep me humble (laughing), they just think it’s cool that my songs are on TV and stuff.

PEV: What can we find you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?

Viv: I like to eat out a lot, definitely a foodie. I like working out, going to the movies, chillin’ with my friends, pretty normal stuff.

PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration. Why?

Viv: Present I would love to work with Bruno Mars. I think we would crush a song together! It would have been incredible to have worked with Prince, or David Bowie. Those two were on such a different level musically and spiritually, it would have been wild to spend time in the studio with them.

PEV: Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?

Viv: There is so much good music out there! Bel Heir is an awesome band that is about to release some great music, as well as Rozes, she’s a badass songwriter and performer.

PEV: If playing music wasn’t your life (or life’s goal), what would you do for a career?

Viv: I always wanted to be an actor, if I wasn’t writing songs I would have definitely pursued a career in acting. There’s something about becoming someone else that seems so freeing.

PEV: So, what is next for Viv and the Revival?

Viv: I’ve released a music video for my single “Faded”! I have a bunch of awesome things to share that I can’t quite talk about yet, but I’m very excited for the future!

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