Artist Interview: Indica Wave
With over 20,000 views on her latest visual release for "Peace Not In Pieces" recording artist Indica Wave is one of the artist you should have on your radar.
Check out the interview with Du'Lanci Vallie below.
Everyone in life goes through adversity of some sort. Is there anything in your life that has any influence on the kind of songs you write? What is the most difficult thing you've had to endure on your path to becoming a musician?
I’ve battled depression and anxiety for more than half of my life. It’s something I emphasize a lot in my music. I’m definitely on a journey to heal myself and I know it’s doing the same for the people that listen along.
The most difficult thing I’ve had to endure on my musical journey is crossing paths with people who don’t have good intentions for me or my career. From bad label deals, to bringing the wrong people into my team. It happens. You live and you learn what energy to stay clear from.
What do you think makes you stand out from all the other aspiring and upcoming artists in your genre of music?
I don’t necessarily stay in one genre. I like to bend the rules a little. I rap but I like to sing too.. in English and even in Spanish. I love alternative music.. so I can range from making a hip hop record to a soft rock or Latin joint. I also direct my own videos, so I tend to really immerse myself in my art. I think those are a few things that set me apart.
What is your latest release and where can fans find it?
I recently re-released the EP that got me signed in 2018. I am NOW independent and full of more knowledge than I was back then. I own my catalog and masters, so “Peace Of Me” is mine now.. and yours. Out on all platforms.
Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues?
Do you have any upcoming shows?
I’ve performed at The Paper Box, The Nuyorican, SOB’s, and a few more venues across NY, as well as some in LA. My favorite is definitely SOB’s - I’ve performed there with my dad accompanying me on guitar, so it holds sentimental value. I have a show coming up on Aug. 11 - where I’ll be opening for Piff Marti. I’m excited for that.
Are you able to make a living with your music? If so, how were you able to attain a career doing what you love? If not, what do you do in order to fund your music career? What advice would you give to someone who's interested in pursuing a career in music?
I’m also a songwriter so I’ve made a living through that, combined with performing, and a few online businesses. Music will always be the motive.
My advice to anyone interested in pursuing a career in music would be: learn about the music business. Don’t listen to the noise, don’t be discouraged by analytics, don’t follow the trends, experiment with your sound till it feels right. Just be yourself.
Between creating in the studio OR performing live on stage, which is your most enjoyable one and why?
Performing live for sure. I love connecting with the audience. I love when they come up to me after a performance to share their stories or their struggles. Making mental health music is rewarding in that way.. where you can physically see and feel people healing in the crowd.
What is on your agenda or what can fans expect to see from you in 2022?
A whole lot of new music and visuals are coming soon. All types of genres. I’m here to have fun for the rest of 2022. Hoping you guys join me for the ride!
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