Backstage at the NCS Yes Live gig, Musicvein caught up with rock-chick Olivia Sebastianelli before her set, to talk about inspirations, making music and what she thinks about the NCS project.
MV: Olivia, tell me who inspired you to become a singer?
OS: “So many female artists have inspired me throughout my life but I was heavily influenced by Chrissy Hynde, she’s such a great singer.”
MV: How do you find inspiration for your songs?
OS: “Well through everything really, situations in my life and other people’s. I try to find empathy in a lot of situations. Inspiration often comes when I least expect it though – I don’t try to find it, it just finds me.”
MV: How does the creative process begin for you when approaching a song?
OS: “For me I normally start by writing lyrics as I used to write a lot of poetry as a kid, so I tend to write my lyrics out as a poem and construct the guitar parts and melody around them. Then my band comes along and we sit and jam through it, I’ll play acoustically – then we’ll jam around that and keep building and building until we get it perfect and everyone can agree.”
MV: So you’re not a bossy leader who says ‘Oi I like it like that, my way or the highway!’?
OS: (she starts to laugh) “Occassionally it gets to the point where I have to draw the line and tell them to shut up but most of the time I like them to have their own input and I love the little twists that the music goes through.”
MV: What was it about the NCS project that made you want to get involved?
OS: “I just think that they are great at giving young people inspiration. For me I had to struggle really hard, it was a fight for that inspiration and to do what I wanted to do. I felt that a lot of people in my life didn’t want me to get to where I am and a lot of people who I met along the way wanted to crush my spirit. NCS is amazing at helping people to build their spirit and keep it and that’s what made me want to do this event and get involved with the charity. I think it’s really important to encourage people and NCS is great at doing just that.”
MV: What advice would you give to youngsters wanting to get into the music business?
OS: “Don’t compromise, be who you want to be, don’t let anyone tell you you’re not good enough and have loads of fun with it cause it’s a passion – Be Passionate!”
MV: And finally what’s next for you in 2014?
OS: “I’ve got a few interesting things in the pipeline.”
MV: Anything you can tell Musicvein readers about?
OS: “Oooo it’s a secret…Ok there’s more music coming very soon.”
And with that she heads off to perform her set.
Coming up on the blog tomorrow is my interview with Joel Compass but for now I’ll leave you with Olivia Sebastianelli’s video for ‘Despite the Day.’