Let’s Take Five: An interview with IVI!

In the last of our Icebreaker Festival Let’s Take Five interviews, we spoke to IVI who’s set to play at the Lord John Russell for the festival on Saturday (3rd Feb) about writing music and the future!

Featured photograph by Johnny Kaye.


Hi there! Firstly, so that our readers can know a bit more about you, please introduce yourself:

Hi! I’m IVI (pronounced Ivy), an indie-pop artist based in Brighton, originally from Gosport. My music leans towards feel good tunes, as that’s what I hope to give the audience when listening to/watching me.

What would you say is the most rewarding thing about what you do; writing and recording great tracks or performing live?

That’s a tough question because both of those things are very rewarding in different ways! But if I had to choose, I would say writing and recording because without this there is no performance. When you write a song you feel is good enough to record, the whole journey from pen and paper to a fully arranged sound and feel is one of the most rewarding feelings in music.

Where did the original spark come from that inspired you to create music?

When I was about 14 my best friend at the time learnt a few chords on guitar, and showed me. After learning a tiny bit, I just wanted to learn more, so I got myself one. From then, singing developed until I found interest in making up my own stuff, which grew to a huge passion in songwriting, and has been an ever changing journey since.

What is the most rewarding thing about writing music in general?

Personally it’s the feeling of success with a song I’ve written. Whether it’s someone in the audience saying they loved the set, radio play or blog posts, there’s not a feeling quite like it when something you’ve created is in the interests of others.

Finally, have you got anything to share regarding upcoming gigs and what have you got planned for 2018?

My next show is at The Green Door Store in Brighton on the 12th February. As for 2018, I shall be releasing my next single ‘Stars’ in the Spring, and am currently planning to record a couple new tracks to be released this year.


We’d like to thank IVI very much for her time! Catch her live on Saturday (3rd February) at Icebreaker Festival at 16:30 at the Lord John Russell. You can also find IVI on social media via the links below and listen to her most recent music on Spotify.

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