Infidel Interview #95: nAvvvi

First off, just want to thank you for participating in this edition of Infidel Interviews. Could you start off by giving a little information about you to the audience? Whatever you feel comfortable with, but name, age, and where you live would be pretty standard? I currently live in Broward (Irma Reps Up), birth name is Trey and I'm 25 (birthday soon). My stage name is nAvvvi pronounced nah-vee. How do you enjoy where you live? Is there a vibrant music community where you are? Would you say you find that your local scene influences your attitude and/or creativity? I hate it, Florida musicians are mostly full of themselves and money hungry. No one is in it for the art down here which directly influences my art because all I do is talk shit about them or I get directly effected by it which drags into my sanity and depression often which I speak about excessively. What do you feel separates your music from the rest of the music in the Hip-Hop music scene?

That's up to everyone else to decide but I put a lot of focus on being different. My sound is a clean mesh of modern Death Metal and Trap style hip hop.

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What would you say are your favorite themes and topics that inspire you to compose? What draws you to those themes?

Sadness, comedy and anger seem to be a recurring theme in my music. I tend to always stray around those mentalities sadly and when I try to jump out of those themes I just end up making shitty music. I try my hardest to implant any kind of humor into my music to give it a lighter touch because I'm often talking about suicide, murder and depression and no one wants to hear a white kid cry about how unhappy he is for every song extending to 2-3 minutes.

When it comes to your musical self and your real world self, would you say that their is a separation? Do you find yourself getting into a character or mindset when you create, or do you find your music is a representation of your day to day self?

I make a heavy effort to stay myself everywhere I go including with my music. There is no separation with me and my music. I'm just as humorous (borderline cringe) and angry in person as I am in my music, but maybe a little less angry. Haha When you first started making music, was there a particular sound or artistic/musical influence that you would say was your biggest inspiration to start pursuing the creative path yourself?

I've been making music since I was in grade school and I often jumped from death metal/grind core bands to indie alternative rock. I didn't even get into hip-hop until my early 20s but I knew as soon as I got a taste to be the front man instead of playing drums or guitar that it was the right path for me. If anyone is curious on what band I was in look up "The Suit Swingers" on Spotify or Bandcamp we made a whole album before the band split up and it's to date one of my favorite bands I've been apart of they are all great people who make great music. So much has been said, and it sometimes feel that every word combination has every been taken. As a lyricist myself I know the pain of how hard it can be to articulate something in a way that is both engaging to the audience and uniquely artist. How do you find inspiration for your lyrical poetry?

Day to day life is the most gratifying thing you can put on paper. Someone, somewhere is going through the same situation you are even if that situation is being rich and famous and the artist wants to highlight that. Myself, I refuse to speak on topics I'm not in like money, gang affiliation, etc because I've never done those things. I've barely even done any drugs because FUCK THAT.

What are some of the biggest challenges you have had to overcome in your musical career?

Staying persistent and not wanting to shove drills down other artists necks whether they are promoters or rappers. Have you had any particular moment(s) that you would like to share, that you would consider to be a crowning achievement in your musical career so far, or moments that you would say truly continue to inspire you to pursue your artistic path?

Getting a video on Haunxr was defiantly something I take pride in since I told myself I would at the beginning of the year and I did. Other than that I take pride in the support from fans I've gotten. Nothing feels better than people finding me on media I don't advertise and messaging me telling me I'm their favorite artist or they love me. It's feels fantastic and makes me feel warm and fuzzy that anyone would give a rats ass about my music. When it comes to fan and critic feedback, how much do you take it to heart, and how much do you feel it evolves, pushes, or holds your sound in place? Do you feel that the personal response and interaction in the live environment, and the subsequent positive press you've regarding both your live and recorded music has consciously encouraged you to do things a certain way?