Livonia Interview 15/03/20

 

MM: Can you tell us about your Band and who are your biggest influences

LIV:We are Livonia, a 5-piece pop-punk band from London. We have been influenced by bands like You Me At Six, Boston Manor and A Day To Remember. I think some similarities can be found from those great bands in the music that we make.

 

MM: Where do you draw your inspirations and ideas from

LIV:I think the whole punk aspect of our genre means that our songs need to be about something real, something that we are passionate about and that an audience can feel that we really mean the lyrics we are singing. Life experiences both good and bad are poured into our songs and we really try to share the lessons we have learnt, through our music.

 

MM: What would you say is your Bands favourite song?

LIV:Favourite song of ours? I’d say our debut single Talking, it has the strongest message out of all our songs and we really mean every word every time we play it.

 

MM: Plans tour and festival wise for 2020

N/a

 

MM: What can we expect from Livonia live?

LIV:We being a lot of energy to our live shows regardless of how big the venue is or the audience. This is because we just enjoy playing our music so much. Headbanging, jumping and moving around. It all comes naturally when we pick up our instruments and play the music that we ourselves would enjoy listening to, you should see us at practice – it’s exactly the same!

 

MM: What do you like best and worst ant touring?

LIV:n/a

 

MM: Which three Bands would be your ultimate touring buddies?

LIV:A Day To Remember, Neck Deep and Boston Manor would be amazing to go on tour with! All those guys have a sound that has inspired us and we've all seen them play a hundred times so know that they would put on a show. I reckon beyond the stage they’d all be up for getting on the beers and hanging around after and not taking themselves too seriously which is pretty much all we do off the stage as well.

 

MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own) and why 

LIV:Well that’s a super hard question, I’d have to say seeing Foo Fighters in Milton Keynes at the Bowl. They were supported by Royal Blood who are incredible. It was the show that Dave Grohl played in a throne because he had broken his leg and cancelled a bunch of tour dates, it didn’t hinder him one bit. The weather was perfect and they played for over 2 hours, it doesn’t get much better than that.

 

MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far with

LIV:Definitely recording our EP that comes out on the 13th of March. It’s our first ever EP and we're super proud of it so can't wait to get it out there. We're still getting over releasing our debut single Talking on Spotify, and all streaming services, the novelty has not worn off!

 

MM: Which are your Two favourite Albums of all time?

LIV:For me (James) I would have to say Parkway Drive’s album Horizons and A Day To Remember’s album Homesick. I grew up listening to those two bands and those albums still sound perfect to this day.

 

MM: Can you remember the first time you ever played live and how it felt to have people watching you?

LIV:Me personally, yeah. I was 16 and in a metal-core band with my mates from school and we had managed to get on a show with our mates who were a few years above us. We played at The Craufurd Arms in Milton Keynes, it was a pretty surreal moment for me in my life. It was our first ever show and we took it with both hands playing the 4 songs we had written and ended with a cover of System Of A Down – Chop Suey which went down better than we ever predicted. Seeing people react to a song they knew, loved and then sing it back is what has driven me to keep creating and performing music, that feeling is so addictive.

 

MM: Growing up which Bands posters did you have on your bedroom wall?

LIV:My wall was completely covered in posters from Kerrang and NME magazines. My favourite one was the massive fold out Oli Sykes poster from a Kerrang magazine, that was pretty iconic.

 

MM - Who do you think influenced the world of Metal / Rock more than any other person?

LIV:Another hard question, there’s so many icons out there that have made their mark on the world of Metal / Rock. When I was growing up the untimely death of the amazing Mitch Lucker really brought the entire music industry that I was discovering to a stand still. So many people had known this amazing young talent and came together to commemorate him when he passed. It was at that point I saw just how close-knit the music community really was. He left behind a very meaningful saying “you only live once, so go f*cking nuts"’ and he literally lived his life and played shows in that way, nothing held back. He certainly influences me to be a better frontman every day.

 

MM - What's the most important thing to the band right now?

LIVlGetting our songs heard by as many people as possible and hoping that they can connect with it. That means more than any record deal or festival slot.

 

MM:If you could do a cover of any song which one would it be and why?

LIV:We recently covered Boston Manor’s Halo, just because it’s a massive tune and it’s nice playing something people can sing along to. If we were going to do another one I’d like to do something a bit different and not too serious, like when Bury Tomorrow did “Livin’ La Vida Loca”. That was hilarious but also turned out to be a banger!

 

MM: Tell us why we should buy and listen to your Band.

LIV:We are 5 dudes who just love making our grungey form of Pop-Punk music. We have all been in the audience, and we’ve designed our music to be exactly what we would of loved listening to live if the shoe was on the other foot.

 

MM: Four words to describe Livonia.

LIV:Energetic British Pop Punk

 

Final Words for your fans and our readers

LIV:Thanks for reading this far down!! We’re trying to spread the word about our music so please have a listen on Spotify, give us a like on Facebook or come down to a show sometime. We’d love to see you!

 

 

MM: Can you tell us about your Band and who are your biggest influences

We are Livonia, a 5-piece pop-punk band from London. We have been influenced by bands like You Me At Six, Boston Manor and A Day To Remember. I think some similarities can be found from those great bands in the music that we make.

 

MM: Where do you draw your inspirations and ideas from

I think the whole punk aspect of our genre means that our songs need to be about something real, something that we are passionate about and that an audience can feel that we really mean the lyrics we are singing. Life experiences both good and bad are poured into our songs and we really try to share the lessons we have learnt, through our music.

 

MM: What would you say is your Bands favourite song?

Favourite song of ours? I’d say our debut single Talking, it has the strongest message out of all our songs and we really mean every word every time we play it.

 

MM: Plans tour and festival wise for 2020

N/a

 

MM: What can we expect from Livonia live?

We being a lot of energy to our live shows regardless of how big the venue is or the audience. This is because we just enjoy playing our music so much. Headbanging, jumping and moving around. It all comes naturally when we pick up our instruments and play the music that we ourselves would enjoy listening to, you should see us at practice – it’s exactly the same!

 

MM: What do you like best and worst ant touring?

n/a

 

MM: Which three Bands would be your ultimate touring buddies?

A Day To Remember, Neck Deep and Boston Manor would be amazing to go on tour with! All those guys have a sound that has inspired us and we've all seen them play a hundred times so know that they would put on a show. I reckon beyond the stage they’d all be up for getting on the beers and hanging around after and not taking themselves too seriously which is pretty much all we do off the stage as well.

 

MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own) and why 

Well that’s a super hard question, I’d have to say seeing Foo Fighters in Milton Keynes at the Bowl. They were supported by Royal Blood who are incredible. It was the show that Dave Grohl played in a throne because he had broken his leg and cancelled a bunch of tour dates, it didn’t hinder him one bit. The weather was perfect and they played for over 2 hours, it doesn’t get much better than that.

 

MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far with

Definitely recording our EP that comes out on the 13th of March. It’s our first ever EP and we're super proud of it so can't wait to get it out there. We're still getting over releasing our debut single Talking on Spotify, and all streaming services, the novelty has not worn off!

 

MM: Which are your Two favourite Albums of all time?

For me (James) I would have to say Parkway Drive’s album Horizons and A Day To Remember’s album Homesick. I grew up listening to those two bands and those albums still sound perfect to this day.

 

MM: Can you remember the first time you ever played live and how it felt to have people watching you?

Me personally, yeah. I was 16 and in a metal-core band with my mates from school and we had managed to get on a show with our mates who were a few years above us. We played at The Craufurd Arms in Milton Keynes, it was a pretty surreal moment for me in my life. It was our first ever show and we took it with both hands playing the 4 songs we had written and ended with a cover of System Of A Down – Chop Suey which went down better than we ever predicted. Seeing people react to a song they knew, loved and then sing it back is what has driven me to keep creating and performing music, that feeling is so addictive.

 

 

 

 

MM: Growing up which Bands posters did you have on your bedroom wall?

My wall was completely covered in posters from Kerrang and NME magazines. My favourite one was the massive fold out Oli Sykes poster from a Kerrang magazine, that was pretty iconic.

 

MM - Who do you think influenced the world of Metal / Rock more than any other person?

Another hard question, there’s so many icons out there that have made their mark on the world of Metal / Rock. When I was growing up the untimely death of the amazing Mitch Lucker really brought the entire music industry that I was discovering to a stand still. So many people had known this amazing young talent and came together to commemorate him when he passed. It was at that point I saw just how close-knit the music community really was. He left behind a very meaningful saying “you only live once, so go f*cking nuts"’ and he literally lived his life and played shows in that way, nothing held back. He certainly influences me to be a better frontman every day.

 

MM - What's the most important thing to the band right now?

Getting our songs heard by as many people as possible and hoping that they can connect with it. That means more than any record deal or festival slot.

 

MM:If you could do a cover of any song which one would it be and why?

We recently covered Boston Manor’s Halo, just because it’s a massive tune and it’s nice playing something people can sing along to. If we were going to do another one I’d like to do something a bit different and not too serious, like when Bury Tomorrow did “Livin’ La Vida Loca”. That was hilarious but also turned out to be a banger!

 

MM: Tell us why we should buy and listen to your Band.

We are 5 dudes who just love making our grungey form of Pop-Punk music. We have all been in the audience, and we’ve designed our music to be exactly what we would of loved listening to live if the shoe was on the other foot.

 

MM: Four words to describe Livonia.

Energetic British Pop Punk

Final Words for your fans and our readers

Thanks for reading this far down!! We’re trying to spread the word about our music so please have a listen on Spotify, give us a like on Facebook or come down to a show sometime. We’d love to see you!

 

 

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