Interview With Liv Charette

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Having such an artist with this skill in music, and also in gaming opens a catalog of questions wandering through my head. So we decided to interview the flaming vocals artist, Liv Charette.

SIS: How did you start your journey with music?

Music found me in the most unexpected way in my early teens.  I was a figure skater from the age of 3 to 14 and was skating 6 days a week, had multiple coaches and personal trainers and it just got to be a lot.  I lost my passion for skating but found a new passion in music and have been in love with it ever since.  When it comes to dreams, I’ve always been raised to go big or go home and I’ve been chasing my big music dreams ever since.

 

SIS: Do you play any instruments?

Yes! I play guitar and a little mandolin.  My 1963 Martin 00-18 is my most prized possession!

 

SIS: What is the story behind your music note tattoo?

I got my music note tattoo when I was on my first-ever writing trip in LA.  Because it was my first tattoo, I wanted it to commemorate my love for music and how far I’ve come in my career and also get it done in an iconic place like LA (which is known for tattooing).  I got it at Ten Thousand Foxes and it was such a special experience!

 

SIS: is there an upcoming album?

I am always working on new music so you can expect a lot more for me through the rest of this year and into 2023!

 

SIS: Tell us about your previous releases. Which one is the closest to your heart?

To be honest, every song I’ve released is so near and dear to my heart, but if I had to narrow it down, I would say it’s a tie between “Red Flags White” and “Game Over”.  Both of those songs are so authentically me as an artist and songwriter.  From the lyrics to the melody, to the production, they are truly a piece of “me” and my heart in a song and I’m extremely proud of both of them.

 

SIS: How do you write your music? Tell us about the whole process.

When it comes to songwriting, I definitely consider myself the lyricist in the room.  I’ve always had a love for words and I’m always writing down things that inspire me on my phone for future co-writes.  I think having a strong hook is so important, so I usually like to start with a title, followed by a chorus, and go from there. I think establishing the hook before diving into the song helps to guide the storyline of the verse and song overall! Sometimes I’m inspired by the things I’ve jotted down previously and know exactly what I want to write when I get into the writing room, other times I’m more go-with-the-flow and go off the feeling and what the producer is laying down and try to match the music to the lyrics.

SIS: What do you do besides music?

I host a podcast called “She’s on the List”, which has been such a wonderful experience and a way to connect with new audiences that share similar interests. I also love playing video games on my Nintendo Switch and creating fun TikTok content.

 

SIS: Tell us the story and purpose behind the ‘She is on the List’ podcast.

“She’s on the List” is my weekly podcast that covers all things lifestyle, beauty, cocktail culture, and travel, mixed with tidbits of history.  It’s basically an excuse for me to dive into topics that interest me outside of music and nerd out about them for 45 mins or so every week, haha!  I’ve always loved learning and “She’s on the List” has been such a blessing for me as it’s given me an alternative creative outlet to share thoughts and stories and really connect with people on a whole new level.

 

SIS: Are you much into podcasting? Which podcast was the most interesting one?

I’ve listened to podcasts for many years before starting my own and always found them to be an awesome way to pass the time while on the road.  I love that there are so many incredible podcasts to choose from, whether you’re into lifestyle, true crime, biographies, etc., the options are endless! Some of my favorites include “Morbid” if I’m feeling in more of a serious, true crime mood, “Thick and Thin” by Katy Belotte, and “Pretty Basic” with Alisha Marie and Remi Cruz if I’m wanting something more lighthearted, and “Even the Rich”, if I’m wanting something more story-based and biographical.

 

SIS: Who are your major influences?

P!nk, Pat Benatar, and Tina Turner are some of my major musical influences because not only are they incredibly talented singers and performers, but they exude confidence and are relentless when it comes to the pursuit of their dreams.  I love that they give everything they’ve got into every performance and have persevered through hardships in their lives and careers and have come out even stronger.

 

SIS: What is your favorite song of all time?

I truly don’t have a favorite song because it changes regularly! My playlist is a mix of oldies and new hits and all different genres. Currently on repeat is Dua Lipa’s “Future Nostalgia” album — and it’s been on repeat for me for the last 2 years. It’s one of those albums that you can play through and never have to hit the skip button.  That’s when you know you’ve achieved greatness.

 

SIS: What is the story behind being so interested in video games?

I’ve been into gaming ever since I was a kid and my parents got me a Nintendo 64 for Christmas.  I’ve had almost every gaming console and handheld console ever since!  I’ve always been someone with a big imagination and have had a love for all things magical/out-of-this-world (probably why I love Harry Potter and Disney so much also!).  Gaming for me has always been an incredible escape and a way to step away from the day’s stresses and really feel like I’m in another world for a little while!

 

SIS: What is your favorite gaming device? Do you play video games on current devices?

I’m currently obsessed with my Nintendo Switch and bring it with me on the road and everywhere I go! I also love the nostalgia that I get from video games and love pulling out my Nintendo 64 when I’m back home, as well as my PS2.  It’s fun to go back and play the games you played as a kid.

 

SIS: What is your favorite video game?

It honestly depends on my mood and it changes all the time, but I never get tired of playing “Stardew Valley” and “Zelda: Breath of the Wild” on my Switch.  I love cozy games mostly — games that are more chill, and involve exploration or collecting things.

 

SIS: Was there a game where you couldn’t manage to win/complete?

There were lots of video games that I found challenging when I was a kid and I love the challenge of going back and trying to beat them now.  I tend to play games that are more laid back these days because I want video games to be an escape.  If I die in too many times or fall off too many cliffs, I tend to get frustrated and rage quit, haha! So I try to stick to more calming, easy-going games.

 

SIS: Have you ever used ‘Cheat Codes’?

I’m definitely guilty of using cheat codes — and that’s okay! I think that video games should be fun and relaxing and if using cheat codes every now and then helps get you past a certain level, gives you a power-up, or enhances your overall enjoyment and gaming experience, then go for it!  They aren’t always easy to find, at least in my experience, but I like to watch YouTube videos and learn tips and tricks from the gaming “experts”!

 

SIS: Lastly, a word to your fans.

Hi friends! I know this might sound cliché, but I truly could not do what I do without you!  Every follow, every like, every comment, every stream means the world to me and I’m so beyond grateful to each and every one of you! Stay tuned for lots of new music coming up – I can’t wait for you to hear what I’ve been working on!