Last Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016, Full Sail University hosted an Indie Music Survival panel featuring DiViNCI and Alexandra Love. The two make up half of Orlando’s Hip-Hop staple Soliloquists of Sound, DiViNCI and Love are also artists, entrepreneurs, creators, and curators of culture in their own right. They talked about their approach for survival and success in the music industry by using their own resources and not wasting any time.
“Chakra Khan represents who we are as people. It’s the cumulative result of how we’ve become more self aware over the years” Love says.
Early this year, Love wrote a song named Pulse which has been described as an anthem. Besides being hauntingly relevant, they performed the song for the first time at an LGBT venue in Orlando just hours before and less than five miles from the attack at Pulse Nightclub.
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Chakra Khan’s panel was full of motivation for people who are pursuing their dreams in their career, especially in the music industry. Their panel encouraged people to express their ideas the way they want without following traditional formulas and overcome obstacles to achieve to their goals.
Maria: Who inspired you to make music?
Alexandra Love: I started playing the violin when I was 3 years old, and from that point on my parents always took me to symphonies and places where I could always do something different. That’s actually how I got into singing.
DiViNCI: I felt inspired by watching MTV Rap programs. When I saw hip-hop culture and when I heard hip-hop music, I felt like [I was] watching a magic show because everything else prior to that I kinda knew how they did it, but [hip-hop] it sounded interesting and different to what I was doing at the moment.
MC: As you guys mentioned on the panel, everything is about making connections. But, how do you make does connections? What is the first step to establish a clean, spiritual, but also business related relationship with people in the industry?
AL: At first for us, it was kinda feeling people out and see how they relate with what we are doing. Sometimes you get into a musical business relationship where things don’t work out, and then you learn from that experience and move on to keep doing your thing. We have been in control of everything, we are the bosses of our musical business. We don’t have to do things out of obligation or because someone else tell us too. So when we make movements, they are just as we want.
MC: Was it difficult to get into the music industry with this type of music that you guys produced? I meant by watching the videos and listening to the beats plus her voice, you kinda notice that this is something different. So pursuing this without following any stereotype, was it challenging for you guys as artist? What was the experience like?
AL: That’s a good question!
DV: It’s good to be different, you know? We aren’t trying to be unique, we just are. For example, when we got signed into a label, they didn’t know what to do with us. They didn’t know how to produce us because they didn’t have anyone like us before. So they didn’t have a template to follow, and the music business is a industry in which everyone follows a template.... So I think that’s the part where being different cost you something because we are about new. We are creating a new path on this industry.
MC: What was your experience in the real world after you graduated? (DiViNCI is a Full Sail Alumni in Audio Engineering,)
DV: The transition from being a student and to do what I am doing now was very easy because I was doing what I am doing now prior to coming here. Full Sail was part of my trajectory of becoming who I am now. It’s definitely all about connections. I’ve got to work with people because of people that I met during my time here at Full Sail. My advice is make connections and know how to interact with people.
MC: What do you guys take away as an experience from Chakra Khan?
DV: What I take away from this is, how easy the process of something can be when you really connect with someone else.
MC: What are your feelings on the Pulse song? And how do you feel about everything that happen just hours laters after your guys performed this song on stage for the first time?
AL: I felt in shock. As artists and musicians, sometimes we feel like we have been ahead on our time, so when that happened we felt like we met with the present moment in that time. So instead of being behind trying to make a song because something happened, and instead of being so far ahead and make this some years and years ago, it just happened on the right moment. It was the most essential moment to be meaningful to people.