Olivia Key’s smooth, sultry voice, mood-altering composition style, compelling lyrics, and stellar production techniques combine to create a perfect storm of musical excellence. My favorite song of hers is “My Blood” which you will go watch on YouTube after you read this mini-interview she granted me. (You will.)
1. When did you start making music?
I started making music from a young age, but I've been singing my whole life. I remember being five and being glued to the Yamaha electric keyboard in the playroom. Perhaps that was a sign of things to come, haha.
2. What inspires you to make music?
It's an inspiration as much as it's a compulsion. I can't *not* make music. So many things compel me to create. The chaos of politics, the love I have for my race, the cyclical beauty of nature, and the raw emotions that come with surviving and making sense of an ever-changing world while harboring a gut-wrenching nostalgia for the traditions of the past. I love telling stories, and if I can use my art to express a certain feeling or thought, and other people listen and feel a sense of community in knowing that someone outside themselves feels the same way, I have accomplished something very important. In making music, I feel a cathartic sense of release.
3. Can you tell me a little bit about your process?
My process is quite sporadic. Sometimes it's a feeling that I'll manage to put into a sentence, and that sentence will carry the brunt of the work while I build a world around it. Other times, I'll be fiddling on the piano and I'll come across a melody or chord progression that feels right. Sometimes I'll get some ideas before I go to bed, so I'll record a short vocal of a melody into my phone or write some words down in my notes app. When a song is "really good", I get chills as I'm composing it. I feel that my process has a lot to do with channeling something that is entirely beyond me, coming through me. Sure, it's colored with my own spirit because it comes through my lens of perception, my vocals, and the way I compose it. But to me, the core essence is some kind of divine fire that I'm able to somewhat alchemize into the physical. During the composing and mixing processes, I become obsessed with the song until its completion. Once it's out of my hands and into the world, I can take a breather before I'm onto the next song.
So here's the end of the mini-interview, time for you to go listen to "My Blood" and the rest of her stuff, too! GO LISTEN TO OLIVIA KEY’S STUFF!
WHERE TO FIND YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/OliviaKey
Gab: @key_of_o xo Mama