Dance is a way of life for me, and it has influenced and changed me every day of my life. I never went to school for it, it’s something I started as a kid and it has been a constant at just about every school I’ve attended. It’s something that always brought me hope, joy, and satisfaction.
How do you find happiness in life?
I still love life and I’ll never stop that love for anything, but it’s never been my main focus, I enjoy things and activities that are more immediate. The reason I love these types of things is because they are so simple to do, you don’t really have to focus on much else at all; you just have to enjoy. It’s the same way with my music. I enjoy listening to old and new music and always have, but the goal is always to create my own, and it’s always been my goal.
What’s next for you as a musician?
I just finished writing an EP called “Lover’s Secret” with a new sound and concept. Hopefully we can get the album out this spring and it will be my first work since the tragic death of my older brother. He died when he was a teen, and because it was sudden, I was a little nervous and didn’t know what to expect. I’m still in a state of shock, and can’t talk much about it, but what I can say is that I’m hoping to continue to write about love and emotions, but also the music. In fact, what I really want to get out is lyrics to “You Never Give Me Your Money” which will be my first song since my brother that I can get out there and feel.
Where did the “Viva” moniker come from?
When I signed to Island Records I did a lot of work as “Viva” because it’s like the name of the band I was in before. My original goal was going to sign a label called “Funk Up The Jam”, which was just a record label in my hometown, but that label dissolved due to a lack of music and all because of my brother and this label that I didn’t even know existed. I signed with Island because in my mind, it would be something that would reflect where I am now and maybe that would create a better impression of who I am as a person.
What’s coming up for you in 2016?
Well, I’ve worked on a few
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