INTERVIEW: Vivian Leva

Hi Vivian, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thank you! I’ve been really good. Thanks so much for having me!

Can you talk to us more about your song “Sturdy As The Land”?

Sure! I wrote “Sturdy As The Land about a year ago. I recorded it in Studio 808A with Joseph Dejarnette in Floyd, VA. The song really transformed in the studio. When I originally wrote it I played guitar. When we recorded it, Eric Robertson ended up playing it with finger picked-style guitar while Riley Calcagno played mandolin. It wasn’t how I originally imagined it, but it ended up being the perfect arrangement.

Did any event inspire you to write this song?

I was inspired to write this song from watching someone close to me experience the incredibly high highs and the incredibly low lows that life threw at them while they built a family.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

As of now I have no plans to release a video for the track, but there may be other possible videos coming down the road.

The single comes off your new album Time Is Everything – what’s the story behind the title?

I ended up using “Time Is Everything” as the title track because almost all of the songs on the album tell some story of missed or lost connections and time’s tendency to keep on going whether or not you’re ready to keep moving with it.

How was the recording and writing process?

As far as the writing process goes, I basically just kept on writing for about 5 years until I finally realized, ‘hey, I think I have some good material that I really want to share with the world.’ It was amazing to have such talented friends help me bring those songs to life in the studio.

What role does the Appalachian play in your music?

Music from Appalachia and growing up in the region has affected my music in many ways. Although the traditional music itself has shaped how I hear and write my own songs, the biggest role it’s played has been through the community. I met every person who played on the album over the years at Clifftop, an annual Appalachian music festival in West Virginia. We all love playing fiddle tunes together, but we also create new music in all kinds of genres. One reason the band worked so well was partly because of our broad taste and knowledge of different kinds of music, but especially because we’re all rooted in the same traditional music.

What aspect of your time and your life did you get to explore on this record?

The songs on this record are mainly an exploration of the passing of time I’ve observed and experienced over the past several years. They touch on all sorts of relationships and feelings I’ve had throughout my early young-adult life.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! I do have plans to hit the road. I will be touring this Spring as a duo with Riley Calcagno, who plays on the album and who co-wrote some of the songs. We’ll be all over the the U.S, Canada, and U.K, so keep an eye out!

What else is happening next in Vivian Leva´s world?

I’m excited to be taking a semester off college this spring to tour the album and to tour as a duo.  I’m looking forward to creating more music!

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