I think it was back in July when v i v and I connected online thanks to fnonose.

Back then the album we're releasing in a few weeks wasn't ready, but she sent me this one beat. That beat was "When The Lights Go Off" and I can't remember when was the last time I felt so emotionally overwhelmed. I wasn't sure whether I should feel sadness, happiness, or hope. We had barely exchanged a few messages by that first listen, but I already felt connected to them.

That was more than enough to know there's something great ahead of me and it was a no-brainer to say yes to releasing this via our label. It was just pure honour and happiness to be part of the journey of v i v.

Tear Dance tells a story of my younger self, who fell deep into depression and struggled with insecurities and self-doubt. Making music started off as a means to cope with my mental issues, but I quickly realized that that’s where my passion lies. Unfortunately, my family was against the idea of me becoming a musician. I ended up going the usual route of studying something “safe”, just to not disappoint anyone. I felt that I was always entertaining to make people happy, without them seeing the sadness that I’ve carried along with me. In a way, it’s a story about being misunderstood and invisible.

Stream the track on all platforms and support here.

Tear Dance drops on October 7th. Stay tuned for more.

posted by Ivo
September 2021