• Jordan Millar

"It’s everyone’s responsibility to look elsewhere for a more diverse selection of acts." - SILVI

I am buzzing to share this week's interview with Jodi from SILVI! Unfortunately I haven't had the chance to see SILVI live yet but they are definitely top of my list when it's safe to do so! We chatted all things songwriting, women in music and their most recent single 'That's Not Love'!

Let's jump into it!

Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with me Jodi! I loved SILVI’s most recent single ‘That’s Not Love’, such a beautiful tune! Can you tell me a bit about the inspiration behind the song?

Thank you so much Jordan, that means a lot! That’s not love is an anti-love ballad for those who finally feel ready to let go of someone who has said all the right things but their actions have never met up with their words. I was inspired to write it on a Monday afternoon after a rather explosive weekend where things finally ended with someone I’d been on and off with for almost a year. I felt compelled to write it as a promise to myself that I’d never go back. The song was a reminder for me that they could say they loved me a million times but they’d never shown me that so I had to let it go and move on.

You have such a beautiful voice! How did you first get involved in music? Was a career in this field always something that you were interested in?

Thank you! My mum is a massive music lover and fantastic singer so I grew up singing all the time with her. Her favourite music is soul so we were always singing along to those types of songs, so that happened to be the territory where I found my voice and still take inspiration from. My mum saw my love for performing and put me into musical theatre throughout my childhood and it wasn’t until my teens I decided to sing with a guitar and start to write songs. I didn’t start gigging until 2019 but I’ve performed on stage since I was 6!

I would love to learn about your songwriting process, do you have a specific way that you go about writing?

I usually sit down with something I need to get off my chest and feel too emotional to speak about in that moment. I start playing random chords until I find a vibe that I feel fits with my mood then I’ll just start singing random words or sounds that I feel work well over the chord progression then from there I’ll start to write the lyrics. Occasionally if this happens to me late at night and I can’t get out my guitar or uke and be noisy, I’ll write a poem about how I’m feeling then I’ll put it to chords in the morning. I very rarely sit on a song and write it periodically over time, I usually write it the majority of it in one sitting.

Is there a way that you think that as a society and a community that we can work towards creating a more equal and diverse environment within the Scottish music industries?

I think it’s all about opportunities. It’s all fine and well giving your mate the support slot at your headline gig but I think it’s everyone’s responsibility to look elsewhere for a more diverse selection of acts. Where I’m from in West Lothian there’s not much diversity which isn’t anyone’s fault it’s just due to the people who live here but I think that’s why I’d like to look to places like Glasgow and Edinburgh for support slots. Once the same people stop getting all of the opportunities on the way up that’s when it’s going to be a more even playing field overall. That’s not me saying I’ll not give my friends support slots - of course I will - I just think it needs to vary and not be every single gig otherwise it’ll just be the same people from the same place at the same type of gigs. It’s time to mix it up a little!

Is there a moment within your career so far that you would say was your most rewarding experience or something that you are significantly proud of out of all your achievements?

I’m really proud of SILVI because we started in July 2020 so have worked our way through the pandemic and it’s not been easy but we are determined and love what we’re doing so it’s never felt like a chore. We haven’t played a real gig yet and so subsequently haven’t made any money from music. Everything we’ve done we’ve paid for out of our own pocket (studio fees etc) and I think that shows our passion and belief in what we’re doing and hoping to achieve. Without real gigging we’ve still managed to build a small audience who look forward to our virtual shows and that means loads to me. Another highlight was both songs making it onto BBC introducing and our 2nd single onto the SCOTIFY playlist. I truly didn’t expect any of that so soon.

Who are some of your past and present influences?

Stevie Wonder is my main musical inspiration and always has been since I was a child. I have also loved James Morrison, Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse and Crowded house most of my life. Some new bands and artists I’m influenced by are LÉON, Twenty One Pilots, Nothing but Thieves, Lizzo and Noisettes. In the past year I’ve got into Dictator, Lianne La Havas and Olivia Dean.

Lastly, I was wondering what female or non-binary Scottish artists are you most excited about right now?

I am really excited for Megan Black’s new music she’s set to be releasing this year, I know it’s going to be mega and I love her. I also hear all of Ciara Watt’s demos before they’re produced and I cannot wait to have them officially on my Spotify playlists, they’re incredible. I love everything Kohla does, I think she’s an absolute girl boss and can’t wait to experience one of her live shows. Another woman in music’s journey I’m excited to be following is Becci Wallace, I am in awe of her lyrics! I think Mayah Herlihy has a really exciting career ahead of her too, she’s so amazing and she’s only 14! I’m really excited to get out and discover everything Scotland has to offer.

Thanks so much to Jodi for taking the time to answer all of my questions! Make sure to go and check SILVI out and show them some love!

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