RYL: We love your last song “ Crystal Eyes”, what inspired it?
AViVAA: Science fiction, abandonment and journeys to nowhere.
RYL: Which is the most important thing to have with you while writing a song?
AViVAA: What ever book I’m using to write my lyrics in. Sometimes it’s an anthology of poetry I’m reading, or a novel. Sometimes it’s the corner of an envelope or a book of blank pages.
RYL: Is there a common meaning/theme between all your songs?
AViVAA: Yes, there’s a pretty common theme of control and loss of control.
All my lyrics seem to explore this whole idea of what is driving people’s actions— like who holds greater influence; Life or Death… and if your not in control then who is?
RYL: Which is the best verse you wrote?
AViVAA: I’d have to say ‘Graveyards.’ The lyrics are mysterious, it’s both a narrative and poetry, dancing between horrific and beautiful.
“See the liquid fall through the cracks in the floorboards, like my blood through your fingers. You told me to stay, I tried to go I pressed my fingers into you but you wouldn’t let me go- let me go. You wouldn’t let me go… let me go”
Super powerful… maybe too much for an editorial? Hahaha.
Third One is cool too:
“The moon was in the dark sky, floating in the heart. No sound dared disturb that of you and my broken beating heart. Lying still not in slumber, frost nipped at my toes- didn’t see the light till the morning sun shine rose.”
RYL: how do you, usually, write the lyrics and music of your songs?
AViVAA: Matais usually creates some music ideas or short snippets— then we play around make them song length. When we record I just sing melody first, then I write the words down.
After that we develop it- swap sections, add layers, change words etc.
RYL: Tell us everything about “Reel me in”!
AViVAA: It’s the first song we ever wrote together. I suppose it was a bit of a test from both of us, see what we each had. Two days after that we decided to write music together.
Matais sent me the song and I remember getting up early to lay some vocals I could send straight back so he’d know I was keen.
Three days later that we recorded for reals and bam!! Our first single was born.
RYL: Do you remember the day you wrote “ SHADOWS”?
AViVAA: Yeah. I was looking back on a relationship I’d had with a crazy boy who tried manipulating me by blurring my self-perception.
It is about someone who makes everything so muddled you eventually became a puppet, because it was easier to be told then to think for yourself. It’s a reflection on how lucky I was to not get lost.
RYL: Which is the last song you wrote ?
AViVAA: That’s been released: Prism. That hasn’t been released: Shot down
RYL: You are planning a tour? Tell us more about it! What surprises do you have planned for your fans?
AViVAA: Introducing new instruments, like some brass and strings onstage! We also have some new live electronic sounds.
RYL: How does the city where you live contributes to your music?
AViVAA: It doesn’t.
RYL: What inspired “XX”?
AViVAA: It’s a play on the superficiality of infatuation.
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