Flaviyake is a Pop artist, songwriter and producer known for reinventing herself in music videos. Her artist name is coming from her real name Flavia and part of a Japanese name “yake” (from Issey Miyake, her favourite fashion designer). Originally she is from Moldova, has given a lot of live shows in London, where she also played on BBC6 Music Radio, writing songs for artists in Russia and now based in Los Angeles. Make sure you follow Flaviyake on Twitter.
Fresh off the release of her latest project “Bad in Bed” in which she produced 7 tracks on, we were able to catch up with the busy singer/songwriter to ask her some questions. Check out the album and our interview below:
KTIII: How did you get the name Flaviyake? It’s very original and really has a great sound to it.
Flaviyake: I had to create an original name to make sure people find only me and my music if they search for my name on the internet. So I added part of a Japanese name “yake” from my favourite Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake to my real name Flavia. Though I have to teach people how to pronounce it, but they will get used to it.
KTIII: Being as well traveled as you are would you say that there are any particular sounds of any particular areas that you’ve visited or lived in that influence your musical style?
Flaviyake: Definitely. If I didn’t travel to the US and the UK, I would probably never release any acoustic song, because acoustic music is not that popular in my motherland Moldova or Russia where I’ve lived too. Nobody cares there if you are using organic instruments or not in your songs. And my songwriting would never get to a higher level if I didn’t travel to Los Angeles. I wish I could have all this opportunities that kids have in the US when I was a kid in my country. I would go very far in music if I knew earlier in my life what I know now. I wrote my first song for vocal and piano following the Pop structure when I was 10, but my classical music school didn’t have anything for songwriters.
KTIII: How would you say that you’re able to show your personality through your music?
Flaviyake: People from the industry say that my songwriting is very artistic. If my artistic vision could shine earlier in my lyrics, now it is spreading to my music production as well. I fully produced myself 7 songs for my debut album, and I am always getting comments about my unique sound. Even if I try to sound like The Weekend, I end up sounding again like me. I can’t run away from myself.
KTIII: What other artists would you say have been inspirational to you when you’re making tracks?
Flaviyake: I am getting inspired by songs made by Max Martin and I tried to follow his rule of introducing one new element at a time in my album. I was really surprised to learn recently that I live 3 minutes away from his studio. So just thinking about him every time I’m making the right turn to my place is already motivating. When I am feeling lazy I think who is my neighbour and wanna work again. The artists who inspired me are Lady Gaga, Bjork, Shirley Manson (from Garbage), Madonna, Michael Jackson and Freddy Mercury.
KTIII: How do you overcome creative blocks?
Flaviyake: I don’t know what creative blocks are. If I need to write something I just do it. And if I get stuck, I take a nap for an hour and wake up with fresh head. It really helps.
KTIII: Can you tell us where you’re at in your career right now?
Flaviyake: I don’t really know where I am now. Definitely I haven’t reached my peak yet and I don’t know how far I am from it.
KTIII: What can we expect from Flaviyake in the future? Are you currently working on any new projects?
Flaviyake: I am going to print out a book with my photos and quotes “From the G-spot to Enlightenment” to support my album. I’m going to release a compilation of remixes later for my album. And I am already writing ideas for an EP that will follow them.