Theatrical rocker LIVAN has carved out his own niche in music with his raw, yet poetic style. This year he'll be treating audiences to his Beggars & Believers Tour, an extension of his album of the same name, which will be released this summer. The Greek-born, London-based performer took a moment recently to let Examiner.com know a little bit about his music world.
Examiner: What's your writing process?
LIVAN: It varies from time to time but most of the time there is a concept behind the song that I write lyrics for and then I do the music. I usually write on piano or bass, but also on guitar.
Examiner: Which do you prefer, live performance or recording?
Examiner: Why is Lord Byron one of your big influences?
LIVAN: In a nutshell, Byron was the founder of the Romantic Movement. During his lifetime, both the way he lived and wrote were light years ahead. He was the Johnny Depp of his time. The darkness of his reality with a particular emphasis on romance in all its beauty and pain.
Examiner: What theatrics do you usually use in your concerts?
LIVAN: You will have to see the show for that....! I'll be performing at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on April 7.
Examiner: How do you feel your days of opening for acts prepared you for performing solo?
LIVAN: I did so many headline shows before I got to tour with those guys that it doesn't really make a difference to be honest.
Examiner: Who would you like to collaborate with?
LIVAN: Justin Sullivan from New Model Army.
Examiner: What are you currently working on?
LIVAN: My fourth album which is inspired by Byron's poems. I'm currently working on the thematology of the record.
Examiner: How would you describe your style?
LIVAN: Satyric/politico pop rock. How's that!?!