We had the good fortune of connecting with Sativa Diiiva and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sativa, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
It was my calling. I’ve always loved singing, curating different vibes, and helping bring people together, and it all kind of just fell into place. I moved to Los Angeles when I was about to turn 21 years old and I was asked to sing with the jazz band at a cannabis lounge the next week. Everything has just been in alignment with my dreams, so I keep pursuing it and going hard at it because I know it’s what’s meant for me.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am an artist and Entertainer. I have been going by The Sativa Diiiva since 2013 when I was given the name by an exs mother in Los Angeles. I have a neo soul mixed with hip hop vibe and lyricism that will teach you something and that’s a vibe. I learned to perform so dynamically by hosting over the years and working in production.
I love to curate and host events which I began doing back in College in Texas. I was the program and social chair for Black student alliance and I put on over 10 events each year. It really made me fall in love with hosting and I began to start hosting my own open mics at different lounges in LA for 7 years before I made the move to ATL .
It has not been easy , I was homeless In Los Angeles for a while on the journey and it really helped me to realize the highs and lows of trying to be in this industry and life in general. One night, when I had no where else to go , I sat in front of a jack in the box and wrote my most popular song : Highs and Lows . That moment shaped the artist I am today . Fearless and always ready.
When I moved to Atlanta at the beginning of the pandemic , I was able to navigate much better and really make alot happen . When my father passed last year , it broke me . I was able to come back 2 months later and be the best vendor at the Bonfire Atl with my company and my collective : The Galaxy Goddesses . I also made some amazing music with BDP soundz and performed alot all over the city as well. Hard work plus preparation and a strong faith in God and self has kept me and my brand in good energy over the years and that is the best advice I can give to anyone on this journey.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend came to visit me here in Atlanta , I have a whole list of events to go to because I am the main vendor at alot of dope live music events around the city. I’d take her to The Best End Brewery to eat and just enjoy the vibes ! The Multiple Dimensions band and Dj Johnny Normal are a great vibe to check out there.
On Monday , there is Music Mondays at Gallery 992 hosted by OfficiallyAmier and my favorite person at the door Damiana is sure to give you the best energy and the best artist. I definitely would take her to BonfireAtl with me every Sunday !
Also there are alot of dope velindie vendors markets , like the one I host for The Bigger Picture Atl every 4th Saturday at Green Briar Mall and 4th Sunday at a black owned business.
There is so much to do in this city including events that I host myself and my collective puts on . We have our monthly Smoke and Stroke that’s always an awesome experience. Follow us on Ig : @GoddessGalaxyLounge to find out about all future events.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate this shout out to God first and second the women of my collective : The Galaxy Goddesses for always showing up and doing the work with me. I want to recognize my family , especially my father who passed away last year and was the catalyst to my business starting and me being the woman I am today, and last a special shout out to the Best End Brewery and BonfireAtl for allowing me to use their space and platform to vend my products /have my collective/ and perform . I am grateful to all of you❤
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