Livonia – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
L: We are a five piece pop-punk band from London called Livonia. Imagine if Don Broco and The Story So Far had a child, that would be us!
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
L: We all met working in Soho London. In fact we all worked on the same Street, Livonia Street – which we thought would be a good temporary name for the band, fast forward a year or so and Livonia has stuck! We wrote a few songs together, then played a few shows and have loved every second of our journey since.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
L: Musically I think we’ve all grown up listening to great bands like You Me At Six, Blink 182 and My Chemical Romance. All bands which have really excelled in their own way in the Pop-punk and Rock scene.
Basic people really you know like the Devil, Shrek, Tommy Wiseau and Prince Harry.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
L: We’ve all come from being in the audience going to as many gigs as we can afford to get stubs for, so I think we all dream of taking our music to bigger stages, maybe even a festival one day, who doesn’t dream to do that?! Of course we’d like to record a full length album one day as well, that would be sick.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
L: We write all our own songs, our lead guitarist Rob writes most of the original music for our tracks, then James goes away and writes the melodies and lyrics in a dark room with nothing but candlelight and Elven bread. We bring a demo to practice, and the others pick up their parts, make them their own and we go from there!
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
L: WE ARE MEME GODS. We love anything viral and annoyingly funny so we try and get as many little spicy memes out there for either our shows or new releases.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
L: We’re all on the Spotify bandwagon so would be wrong to say we are against streaming it. But it does amaze us though that some people are still illegally downloading music on torrent sites like it’s still 2010, GROW UP! I mean Spotify is lovely AND cheap! Better still buy a damn physical CD or vinyl record if you really like music. Don’t be a pirate!
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
L: Honestly? Mr Brightside. Have you ever been to a party and that hasn’t played? Have you ever met anyone who doesn’t know every single word? It’s a classic.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
L: Rocking up to the practice room and it stinks and is in a right state! Other normal stuff like dropping guitar picks and they do a marathon sprint under the sofa or bed, that sucks, every, single, time.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
L: Seeing our bands name and a song we really loved writing and producing appear on Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal. I’m pretty sure the novelty still hasn’t worn off!!
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
L: Our brand new EP – ‘Hate. Relate. Regenerate.’ is due to be released on 13th March! There will be 4 tracks including our single ‘Talking’ that we think absolutely bang, so we can’t wait to get it out there!
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
L: 14th March – Trinity, Harrow … 27th March – Werkhaus, Brick Lane … May 8th – Fiddler’s Elbow, Camden
If you want to see everything there is to like about British pop punk and leave the place with annoyingly catchy songs in your heads, you should come party with us.