We had the good fortune of connecting with IVIX and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi IVIX, career-wise, where do you want to be in the end?
To be happy & to make other people happy.
I want people to feel something when they hear my music…
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My raw emotion in not only my lyrics but my music overall. The way I envision the sights in my mind & bring them to life. The way I mix sorrow, sadness & happiness to create something beautiful. I want my music to provoke thoughts & feelings no matter what they might be. My music is so much… It can be melancholic, entrancing, or whatever have you. The tone & atmosphere I manage to create with each project is unparralled. I make very immersive & cinematic music. But, at the end of the day… it will always be beautiful. It doesn’t have super mainstream appeal but there is an audience for it & I know it will only get bigger. In short, my raw creativity, vision, emotion, realism, surrealism & me being me is what sets me apart from others. You will never hear music like mine. I promise.
As to what I am most proud of… I’d say most of what I said is what I am proud of. That plus the fact that people out there really love my music & sometimes reach out to me. I am really really proud of the fact these songs of mine can resonate with some people. And I am really excited for them to resonate with many more.
I honestly can’t say how I got to where I am professionally. I just kept at it & never lost sight of myself nor what is in my head. Nor can I say has it been easy. It for sure has been frustrating. Often, I find myself feeling like my music isn’t understood & will be appreciated years later. I’ll just keep doing what I do.
The lessons I’ve learned along the way are to just stay true to yourself, your ambitions, your goals & never lose sight of whatever may be within you. Don’t let it all become muddied.
What I want the world to know about me? Well, that I am just a man from the southside of Atlanta. BUT, I am NOT just some guy. I got something to say. I got something to show. And the worlds gonna see. I’ll let my art do the rest of the talking.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Man! This is a tough one. There’s so much. Really any of the music venues depending on who is playing. Really even if its a local/indie band or artist we’d still probably go. When I was younger my friends & I would frequent Lil 5. That place changed… its not the same but I’d for sure take them. We could hit Wax N Facts for some records. Moods Music is a mad good spot, the owner is a legend. We’d hit some local comic, anime & manga shops. Just to name a few; Book Nook & Oxford Comics are great, but there are too many to name. Atlanta is a great city for any kind of entertainment, no matter what you are into. Like I kinda feel like I am on the spot now haha. There are just so many cool small places.
We would for sure hit some of the art cinemas & art houses here. Those are often overlooked. A lot of people only know Mid Town Art Cinema but like come one there’s so much out there. Plaza Theatre, The Tara & The Strand are for sure where we are going to catch some good flicks haha.
There are some nice parks, I know Piedmont & Centennial are what people always think of but I’d like to go to a place like Sweet Water Creek to chill for a bit. The Folk Art Park & Old 4th Ward ones would be pretty great too. This city has so much to offer yet people only go to what’s known. Oh yeah! I almost forgot! The nature reserve here is great too!
As for eating, mostly local spots like Abuela’s (a cool Hispanic place me & some friends found recently), The Crab Boil, Cafe Shekel just to name a few. I’ve been to a lot of local spots. I need to make a comprehensive list haha.
As for all of those things, maybe go thrifting? I love thrifting & going to flea markets as well. A lot of cool stuff & “junk” just practically being given away. That reminds me, we would also go to the Starlight Drive-In. Not only is that an amazing theatre but it has a really cool flea market on the weekends. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
No one that I can specifically say. When I am focused on my art I dig from within. I don’t want any outside sources. It all tends to be my voice… my vision. There’s been help along the way of course… So, I guess I can shout them out, haha.
My family for always playing good music. I was around a lot of oldies. As well as my friends but especially my friend Alfredo. He helped me a lot when I first started making music & I’ve been on this ride ever since.
Other: Listen to my album: SugarBee, the Python! https://ivix.fanlink.to/SugarBeeDeluxe
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