Olivia Anna Livki (aka LiVKI) is a DIY-force of nature. Singer, bassist, songwriter and producer who creates her own artwork, costumes and music videos, she is a postpunk-diva working her bass guitar like a weapon. With new single, Spectacular, out as well as new LP, Digital Dissidents, The Fountain caught up with her to discuss plans and influences for her music.
TF: You have a new single out, what inspired you to title it Spectacular?
The title refers to Guy Debord’s book The Society of the Spectacle. He’s a French artist who wrote about capitalist, consumerist society in the 60s – and how it became increasingly defined by hyper-visibility, imagery and extremism. Many people believe he predicts the internet-era: It makes us feel like we only exist, if we’re visible – as consumable and tradeable social media-spectacles.
TF: How would you sum it up in one sentence?
It’s a song about a female influencer with a huge booty making huge money – and how the internet determines our bodies and behaviours.
TF: Who do you look to and idolise when it comes to influences?
I grew up looking up to Aretha Franklin and John Lee Hooker, and I learned so much from Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Radiohead, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell or Velvet Underground. I started playing the bass guitar because of Come Together, and got into production because of Hounds of Love. But I’m probably most directly influenced by Talking Heads, Brian Eno and their global, weird, off-the-hook-sound.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this single release, can we look forward to an EP, LP?
Sure. The next single We Are Carthago (with the song #Collapse as a kind of B-side), dropped April 10, and the album Digital Dissidents was released just a few days later on 16th April.