Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s Viv and The Revival is one of those musical entities you’ve probably found yourself bobbing your head to in recent years without even knowing it. In 3 years time, creative mastermind Viv Peyrat has dropped four (yes, four) EP’s, and had placements on just about every heavy hitting network on TV. Bud Light, NBC’s The Voice, the 2012 Summer Olympics, MTV, ESPN… You get the idea. Talk about putting in work!
Viv and the Revival is following up all this insanity with even more music, this time a full-length, The Introduction, dropping on February 18th. For all you television watchers out there, you may recognize the latest single, “I Want It,” on Verizon’s multimillion dollar campaign to sell you new phones. I’m an Apple guy myself, but that won’t keep me from copping the record when it drops… Catchy, catchy tune!
I got in touch with Viv via email to talk about his extremely productive work schedule and output, what else we can expect from Viv and The Revival in 2014, and of course, The Introduction!
G- Hi there and thank you very much for taking the time to speak with Live High Five! How is everything going with Viv lately (besides insanely busy!)
V- It’s going great, it’s been really busy but very fulfilling recently! Thanks so much for the interview!
G- A pleasure! So how long has Viv and The Revival been around and when did you first get started putting out releases? 4 EP’s in 3 years?! That’s awesome!
V- Viv and the Revival has been around for 3 years! I’ve had a lot of inspiration to write within that time, and I just wanted to get as much material out into the world as I could. I would write it, record it, and then think about it after it was done. I think when you’re starting out, you need to write as much as humanly possible to figure out who you are.
G- You are releasing your latest album, The Introduction, on, February 18th. How do you feel about the final product, and what is it like working with Rick Friedrich (who has also produced the Roots/Kanye West/Rihanna) and Scott Bricklin in the studio?
V- Working with such talented people in the studio is really something amazing! I learned so many things from all of the people involved. I couldn’t have asked for better teachers.
G- Can you tell us about the recording process for the album? Where did you record it, and how long did the release take to record and get ready for release?
V- This album was recorded in a few different locations at a few different time periods in my life. Those are the reasons why it sounds very eclectic as an album. Every song had its own story and adventure to it. I took my time with everything and made sure it was dope!
G- What are you personally listening to these days? Any new bands caught your eye recently that you can hip us to?
V- I’m listening to a bunch of things right now. The Weeknd is dope! I’ve been listening to John Newman, Pop Levi, nothing too new, but just great music!
G- What do you guys have in the works in terms of shows coming up? Will you be hitting the road hard in 2014?
V- We’ll be playing everywhere in 2014 so look out for that! Just getting all of that confirmed now.
G- 4 albums every fan of you should know about and why. Go!
V- 1. Peter Gabriel’s So – The greatest example of artistry and commercial music blending to make a record that affects everyone. This record is a masterpiece.
2. John Mayer’s Continuum – You can listen to the whole record straight through and just lose yourself in it. Brilliant guitar playing as well.
3. Michael Jackson’s Dangerous – I probably listened to this album a million times as a kid. There’s not much to say, it’s just incredible music.
4. Bryan Adams’ Waking Up The Neighbors – The coolest pop rock record of all time easily. Mutt Lange kills it on the production, and Bryan Adams sings his ass off.
G- Do you have a favorite song you have ever written? If you could only give 1 song to someone who’d never heard of you before, to try and make a new fan, what song would you give them and why?
V- It’s impossible to pick one. I haven’t written that song yet, I know I will though.
G- What’s your feasible 4 band dream bill to be a part of if you could pick out the lineup yourself? Are there any bands or artists that you hope to share a bill with in the future?
V- It would be Viv and the Revival, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, and Prince. That’s the dream bill!
G- What is the craziest or most memorable show that you have played to date? Where was it and what was it like?
V- Any show we play in our hometown of Philadelphia is always crazy! People go nuts, and it’s a big party!
G- Lastly, what advice can you give some of the young, up and coming bands everywhere who want to make it in music, on the road, and as a professional musician?
V- Write a ton of songs, write the songs that make you feel good and fulfilled! Have fun and work hard. Music is the most beautiful thing we have and it can change people’s lives, so don’t take it for granted.