Interview: Olivia Void

We enjoyed listening to your song “Glory to Glory”. What is the story behind the song and how did you create/write it? Also, what inspired the song title?
Glory to Glory was the last song that I wrote for my upcoming EP, ‘PHYSICAL‘. As the other songs were a little on the dark side I tried to come up with a more positive vibe. The song talks about the power that lies within our self reigned bodies. Hence the title hints towards it being an ode to the human body in all its different forms of expression. I greatly enjoyed writing this piece, especially the guitar parts. I really wanted to put this instrument in the focus of attention. That is why I decided to start with a rather long intro.

If you had to describe your sound, how would you do so? Furthermore, what artists (or other sources) do you cite as influences?
My sound is definitely more on the experimental side. I like exploring all the different nuances of my voice and I love playing my electric guitar. So that tend to be elements that are present in most of my songs. I greatly enjoy messing around with different sounds and strangenesses, too. In that regard a strong influence in the music I released so far is Berlin artist Christoph Adrian. We recorded and produced the songs together and he is the one playing all the other instruments. Other than that I get inspired by great voices, especially female ones. Among well known artists like Pattie Smith or PJ Harvey the Berlin music scene is well worth a listen. Artists like Mone or Lotta St Joan are great singers and whilst their styles differ from what I do, I find it very rewarding to listen and try to understand what draws me in so much.

You have a very interesting and creative music video for this song. What inspired the video and what ideas did you have for it? Is there a message that you hope it delivers?

When I contacted director Merle Sibbel about the project all I had was a vague feeling about the colour scheme. We then sat down together and tried to come up with ideas that would work over the length of almost seven minutes. The song is about bodies and beauty but also individualism and the strength that derives from being part of a bigger social group. The masks for instance play with that notion. There are three individual characters but two of them wear masks that are versions of my own face. Then we added the flowers to break with the nude tones that are most dominant in the video. The blossoms are stunning and once the colour clouds are added it feels like a painting in motion. We hoped to provoke a feeling of power and strength with this video. And of course it was supposed to be a little strange and full of beautiful images.

What have been career highlights so far? And what is on your bucket list that you’d want to achieve?
First of all I greatly enjoyed playing with a band. Unfortunately I couldn’t do that in a while so that definitely is on my bucket list. Another very special moment was the release of my first single and video Made for You that premiered in a Berlin cinema. I was really proud that day. In the near future I want to release my debut EP PHYSICAL and hopefully get back on stage again.

If you could be the main support for any living artist, who would that be for and why? Alternatively, what would be your dream live booking?
I think it would have to be Cat Power. As a teenager I discovered her music and was really impressed. She most certainly influenced me in my decision to get into music myself.

What artists have you been listening to? Additionally, who should others be listening to?
As I recently got a record player I listened to a lot of older albums. One I keep coming back to is Neil Young’s ‘Harvest‘. Another of my all time favourite records is ‘Cold Fact‘ by Sixto Rodriguez. A more recent release that I warmly recommend is ‘Hands‘ by Lotta St Joan.

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