INTERVIEW: Nived

– Can you talk to us more about your latest single “See”?

“See” is one of my favorite songs in my catalog, mostly because it really has this hard hitting beat behind this super clean guitar, all while falling into this pop style. I think it’s very different from the others and shows my versatility well.

–  Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Honestly I wrote See about 10 minutes and I knew it was going to be killer. The words just fell out. Ha.

– Any plans to release a video?

I absolutely want to do a video for this in the future, I think it’s got a ton of potential to make an incredible visual statement.

– The single comes off the EP NIVED – why naming the record after this?

The EP is self titled mainly because this is the first body of work I’ve done as Nived and I think these songs truly show my artistry.

– How was the recording and writing process?

I do all my own recording in my house and most of my writing as well. My main process is just getting in my studio room, creating whatever just comes out at that time and expanding that idea. Sometimes it comes right out effortlessly, sometimes it doesn’t. And if not, I’ll sit on it for a while, come back and make it into something with a different inspiration.

– Would you call this a departure from your previous musical work?

My previous music endeavors always included other people and I always felt I should be doing more. Nived truly is ME because this entire entity revolves around me sitting alone in my room for days, weeks, months, years, just honing my craft. Once it finally started taking form, I was able to recruit some of my friends I’ve met along the way to truly polish my ideas.

– What role does Nashville play in your music?

Nashville is an interesting place. I love Nashville because of the music scene. I also hate Nashville because of the music scene. Ha. It’s truly a place of over-saturation the longer you’re there but there are so many resources and opportunities as well. Being part of music city I’ve met alot of great people who have helped me in my craft and network while also learning what I don’t like so that I can stand out among the crowd.

– What aspect of your own personal life did you get to explore on this record?

These songs are truly my thoughts and feelings and this sounds is truly my artistic lane and sum of influences. I wanted to write songs that were easy to relate to but also not under-spoken and I wanted to create a musical atmosphere that was something that involved dirty guitars, big production and a pop structure.

– Any plans to hit the road?

I absolute want to hit the road asap. An opening slot for someone in a nation wide, or better yet world wide tour would be insane. I want to get my art in front of the people so they can experience Nived.

– What else is happening next in Devin Hill’s world?

At this point, I want to just keep writing, releasing and spreading the work to new people. I truly think this project is something unique and special and it’s only a matter of time before this becomes something big. This is Nived.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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