Written by: Sean Sickler
ThvBvy is an upcoming artist from California with ties to artists like Post Malone, Swae Lee, and Tyla Yaweh. Him and I have been in contact since November of 2018 when I first found out about his track "OFF-BLACK". We've been chatting back and fourth about working on something together and here I bring to you my personal interview with ThvBvy himself. I got to ask him about the determination and grind of being an upcoming artist while still being focused on his goals that he has set for himself as a person.
1.Where are you from? Have your surroundings shaped you in a creative sense, and in what way?
Originally I’m from Inglewood California but ended up moving to Las Vegas where I spent most of my life. I definitely feel like my surroundings and the places I’ve been have shaped my creativity being that I was exposed to a lot of different music and arts at a young age. I feel like I got a very broad sense when it comes to creating for people and that I can give off a universal sound that I feel everyone can enjoy.
2. When did you first start rapping? How did you get started?
It started because my sister Killivn Came to me saying she liked rap music now and wanted to start making it. Originally she was a rock girl and grew up playing the guitar and other instruments. So it really started by me wanting to help her make sure she was making stuff I felt that people who loved rap would want to hear. While I was helping her write I started coming up with ideas for myself and wanted to express certain experiences and thoughts I had. This turned into me becoming an artist. Playing basketball all my life and being pretty good at it kept my creativity limited so when presented with the opportunity to help my sister I unlocked feelings that I had put away for years. At that point I knew I wanted to express myself and present it to people.
3. Do you have anyone that you consider your mentor? How has their help or advice shaped you?
Honestly my sister has been a big mentor for me even though she’s younger than me. She’s really helped me take my thoughts and make them come to life. Without her I probably wouldn’t be doing music. Also one of my close friends Austin Post has also been a big inspiration to me. I got see him grow every year and now he’s considered one of the biggest artist in the world and it’s mind blowing. I usually just observe and take what I can from the performances and the details in the music and try to use them to improve my art.
4. What is one experience in life that, without it, you wouldn’t be the artist you are today?
I think playing basketball and always feeling like the underdog because I started playing in highschool has really shaped a into the artist I am today. Having to consistently grind and put in work all my life to pursue a dream has carried right over into my art. It gives me a sense of struggle and not always being the best at things but with hard work and persistence being able to accomplish goals. I think it’s really important to have a good work ethic in this industry and I feel my experiences in sports have given me an edge.
5. What do you hope to accomplish this year?
2020 me and my team hope to accomplish a few different goals. One being that I’m pushing Out more music and bettering the quality of my sound. We also want to do more shows and mini tours to different cities and really start exposing my sound to more people. I think it’s go time for me and I’m really excited to go full out and watch this thing grow.
6. How would you describe your style and creativity?
I feel like my style and sound is really versatile and universal. I’m not sure if I can pin point it just yet. Sometimes I’ll come up with a song that’s completely the opposite direction from previous songs. I really just go with the flow and take whatever comes to me. If I had to place a word on it I would say passionate because whether I’m raging on a song or singing about a break up I want my audience to feel those emotions.
7. What keeps you going and focused on growing as both an artist and a person?
I have a really good team behind me and wanting to see them all win keeps me going. I’m not dumb, I know that it takes a team effort to continue to grow and get better. I really appreciate everything they do for me. So that drives me to want to go harder so that we all can succeed. As an artists I always want to be really good at what I do. In the past that was basketball and I put my all into it and did very well. Well now with music I have that same focus. I love it and something inside of me always wants to be the best at whatever I’m doing. I know there’s always room for improvement.