Today, we sat down with Roy Niv to talk inspiration to write music, advice for musicians and much more. Be sure to check out his music below after the interview!
here is the interview:
What is your inspiration to write your music? Is it your surroundings?
Actually, most of my inspiration comes from stories that I’ve heard about people, events, wars or revolutions that didn’t necessarily take place while I was alive. I’ve always had a lot of empathy towards other people’s emotions as well as pain and joy. I find it easy to tell stories through my music and by that, giving voices to those who’s not heard enough. For example, the inspiration for my latest release, “Stay Up”, came from the Black Lives Matter protests, where I could actually feel the pain of those people and just couldn’t stay apathetic.
We live in a time where we can see everything that is going on everywhere and no matter how big or small we are, we always have the power to change and influence our environment and I believe, it is our responsibility to use that power for the better.
What type of music did you listen to growing up?
The first song I ever danced to when I was 3 is Lenny Kravitz’s “Fly Away”. From there on, the road was already paved for bands like the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana and The Smashing Pumpkins. That music planted a seed in me that took years to grow. As I learned to play guitar over the last 15 years, I discovered many new worlds and played so many genres from heavy metal to acoustic pop. The end result is a combination between hard rock and acoustic melodic vibes. “Stay Up” clearly shows this as it’s acoustic and calm but if you stay long enough, you discover the burning energies accompanied by a burst of rock.
Is there someone you looked up as a hero?
Dave Grohl, Lead singer of the Foo Fighters, was always my hero. Songs like “The Pretender”, “Walking After You” and “Walk” got me through my worst and best times of my life. After being in a Foo Fighters concert in 2019, I immediately knew that music is what I wnated to do for the rest of my life. The story of Dave proved me that if the desire is there and making music makes you feel like you already have everything you ever thought you needed, the sky is not even the limit. I recommend watching his speech which made me realize al lot about being a musician – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Efv0Y5Fs7m4
If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing today?
I was always amused by the question of what I would do without music. I think I’d probably get myself deeper into acting as this is my second great passion and I had some experience in this field while I was playing a role in a TV show called “Spell Keepers” which was so fun and educational for me.
If I had to choose something that has nothing to do with art at all. I would say I would go for something crazy like being an astronaut or a secret agent or something like that.
What advice do you have for our fans out there that want to create music?
The best thing I can tell you (which I also learned from Dave) is that the musician comes first. Do only what is burning inside of you and not what you think has the best potential to be successful. To be honest, you can always fail by making music you don’t necessarily like, so you might as well make the things your desire wants to make. You can write your own songs, record them and publish them all on your own. You don’t need anyone telling what to do and how because it’s all yours. The most important thing is to have fun so if you’re already on the road heading towards your dream, make sure you make the best out of it 🙂