An Interview With The Brazilian-Born Musician, CARVI On New Music, Inspiring Artists and More!
Brazilian-born/NYC based songwriter Carvi takes her worldly experiences and showcases her mutli-genre sound on her new single, “VIBE,” ahead of her EP, Fuel the Crazy, due out this Fall. The album examines many tribes and tribulations of everyday life, and it takes listeners on a journey through the ins and outs of love.
Learn more about Carvi in the following All Access interview:
Now that we are more than half-way through the year, how has 2019 been treating you?
This year was a hard yet transformative year for me there for, it finds me well… confused and rushed. lol
What are some goals that you have for yourself this year? How close are you to reaching them?
I had a very challenging year emotionally…my goal was to find the light at the end of my tunnel. Mental health is very important and hard to maintain, especially in the music industry. I’m grateful for my resilience and the ability to learn and grow for every experience. I don’t think that’s a goal that is reached 100% ever, but I’ve reached it in the current moment.
Growing up, how important was music in your life?
Music ran my house every moment of every day…so very important.
Can you recall the moment when you decided that you wanted to be a musician?
I can’t remember the exact moment but, i do remember the moment i found my voice. I had been working one figuring out my voice and what i wanted to say, for about two years. One day i just sat down and wrote a song and sang it with so much intention, and purpose that i just knew. I never wanted to let the feeling go. I felt a peace of mind and my spirit felt light and alive. Thats when it all came into focus for me.
Was it an easy or difficult choice to make?
I am an actor first so it wasn’t that huge of a departure in a lot of ways, and very challenging in other. So i guess its a little bit of both.
Was there ever a time when you thought about doing something else? If you weren’t a musician today, what else could you see yourself doing? Would you be as fulfilled in life?
I’ve always been creative, acting, singing, photography, painting. I’m a creative at heart so definitely still something in that area. Acting is my OG love and always will be, so probably that. Being fulfilled to me is much more than what one does, but as long as I’m being creative I will feel fulfilled.
What has been the biggest surprise so far about making music your career?
How care free it can be. I know people who take it very seriously and never get out of their basement. I also know people who fell into it, don’t care that much about it and are absolutely brilliant at what they do.
What has been an unexpected or welcome challenge to it all?
Production. Learning production and how it all works is a trip, especially when it comes voice effects and treatments… it’s wild.
What has been the best part about it all?
Using music as a tool to grow and touch people.
What was the inspiration for your newest track, “VIBE”?
Like I said earlier, I was in an unhealthy head space…until i wasn’t and i realized that i create my inner thoughts, and outer actions. VIBE came for that thought, of not letting anyone crush my vibe. Creating my own reality no matter how hard things get.
How would you say that it compares to your previous songs?
The older I get the more I know myself so needless to say this is much deeper and personal then my previous album. My previous album was a fun and light album this one is a little heavier and stronger.
How does this song prepare listeners for your forthcoming EP, “Fuel The Crazy”?
It’s a really good taste/ idea of what’s to come…sound, lyrics, vocals. its a whole vibe. 😉
What was it like putting this collection together?
I wanted to do something that was a huge departure and nothing i had ever done before. It was challenging in the best way. it pushed me to keep exploring and breaking down walls/ musical habits.
How was the process different then the making of your previous studio album?
My last album was a surprise to make, even for me. I worked with people who really understood me and made me feel very comfortable in expressing and trying new things. This time around it was the opposite. I barely knew the people i worked with but, creatively we bonded like no other. The understood the musical vision and that made it possible to create and grow in the right direction.
Where can people see you perform next?
I’m working on that! stay tuned to my instagram and website for updates.
How do you think you have grown as a musician since you first started making music?
Oh wow… I’m much wiser, and smarter about my decisions. I also won’t just do it cause the “ opportunity is good.” ill only do things/ work with people that speak to me and my mission. In the beginning would do anything and everything.
What has it been like keeping up with your social media accounts and all of the different platforms? Is it hard to stay up to date on it all?
A shit show! I’m someone who usually doesn’t like to expose much, I’ve had to learn what i want to share, how, when, etc. so its a little easier now. i only really instagram stories, even then i don’t post it right when its happening. The rest my team handles. lol thank GOD.
What would you say is your favorite way to connect with your fans now?
I’m old school, I like phone calls and actually meeting people. I know that’s not always possible so i guess instagram?
What has social media done for your career so far?
It’s made it easier to spread my music across oceans, and connect with like minded professionals. its been a great tool for me. As long as you don’t get caught up in all the negative it offers its usually okay.
Who are some of your favorite artists or rather, what musicians have continued to inspire you and your music?
Adele, Amy Winehouse, The cranberries, Etta James, Frank Sinatra, Rhye, Lorde, Billie Eilish, John Mayer.
Who would you absolutely love to work with in the future?
John Mayer, Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Adele.
If you had an unlimited budget and your schedule was free, what would your dream music video look like?
Oh god… lots of glitter, beautiful scenes around the world, wild locations, massive budget for fashion and editing.
What has been the coolest place/TV show/commercial that you have heard a song of yours?
I haven’t heard it yet… but VIBE is going to be in a Brazilian mini series soon and I couldn’t be more excited!
Where would you still love to hear a future song of yours played?
The warm up at any huge arena… preferably to a sold out crowd. lol
At the end of the day, what do you hope people take away from your music?
Hope and an imaginary hug.