Hi – I’m good. Just having a chilled night on the sofa, tackling these questions, between two days of writing more material!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “This Woman’s Heart”?
The track is written about the people we love, who are there for us in life no matter what. I have a few of those, no matter what life has thrown of me they have been constant rocks. This is a song for them. A thank you. The track nods to my journey once a a kid releasing albums and my journey to womanhood.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
It is a song that started being written when I was 12, when I first got my deal. It nods to growth from child artist in the industry, and the transformation into Riva. It wasn’t one particular event like so many of my songs but instead – a reflection on life! I thought a lot about friends and family, their stories and the people who light their fire! It’s a song that is for them too. I hope everyone can relate to its concept.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
So fun!! Easy day with a team who felt like friends by the end of it! This song is about transformation and development, it’s about becoming Riva. We wanted the video to mirror this, capturing the darkness and light that formed a period of uncertainty and discovery.
Being a song about life we have involved 4 female artists and centred the the narrative around a life drawing class. director, Sye Allen has done a fantastic job capturing this vision.
How was the recording and writing process?
Always different with every song but will always come to a session with ideas for the lyric. Lyrics come first for me and I don’t mean they necessarily have to be written in full first – but I will keep going over them until they feel right! For instance with This Woman’s Heart. It was actually not a straightforward, one session write. It was a process. This woman’s heart as a lyric came to me after the song melody and most of the lyric had been written! The song felt solid but the lyric didn’t fully deliver, it was a niggle for a long time as I knew we had a good song….but knew there was more to uncover to make it magic for me. It felt general and not personal. In fact, the song had a completely different title called ‘Iceflow’ for a long time. It’s hard to imagine singing this now as this woman’s heart feels so right!
What was it like to work with Tim Bran and how did that relationship develop?
Tim has produced my other track Chaos Kilesd The Thrill and thought he would be perfect for TWH. I enjoy working with him so much. It’s so important to have that rapport with a producer so you can be honest with each other and both be invested in the best outcome.
How much did he get to influence the song?
A lot. Which is lovely. It’s a totally collaborative approach and the producers and a&r team are so respectful of my choices. We changed the chorus a little in terms of its structure from the first writing demo. Important changes!
What have you learned from your time working with some of the biggest names in the music world? The importance of honesty and approachability. Generally people have been supportive and open to help and I’ve learned not to be afraid to to ask for help from them. That always makes you respect someone more.
You also get to start your career at such a young age – how would you say you have grown since?
I’ve certainly grown 😄nearly a Foot! I was 4ft 10 when I started releasing albums!
On a serious note – i now write the material I sing. Something I always did in private but on the albums I released as a kid I covered songs or sang other people’s songs.
I certainly have more Creative control now too. I think that happens with age and experience. But I really love working collaboratively with a team and developing the ideas, music and the vision together.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own original work?
Not really! Of course when working with other people we are always going adopt a degree of sensitivity to accommodate how different people work. But always best to be open and yourself when being creative – I find you get the best results and end up developing the best working relationships that way.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
The album is coming! As is another single in September. I’m so excited about that one!! You will be hearing a few new songs in autumn to add to those already out there.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
That would be telling!!!!!
But early 2020.
What aspect of your own life will you get to explore on this record?
Journey, heartbreak and heart make.
It’s about dark hearts and bright futures. I hope people are inspired by the repeated theme in some of the songs of overcoming and rebuilding life.
Any plans to hit the road?
Absolutely. It’s been really fun recently rehearsing up the live show and can’t wait to take to the stage at the BST festival in Hyde park in a few weeks!
What else is happening next in Riva Taylor’s world?
More music….the album is coming! Performing my material live, my favourite place. I’m also excited to be heading back to the US, to what has become a second home – LA. Always a place I feel creative and have written a load of the album there.