Indie Pop artist Olivia Grace is as a pleasurable break from the norm. Whether she’s writing about candy hearts and white picket fences or cheap thrills and motels, the quirky indie pop singer-songwriter tells tales with a playful approach to the madness.
Interview Meikee Magnetic
Where were you born and where are you now?
I’m originally from Bel Air, Maryland. I just moved from New York City to Los Angeles in August.
Is Los Angeles everything you thought it would be?
It’s amazing. I came here for the first time in April, and I slowly started to fall in love with it. Before my first trip, I had no idea what to expect, and I definitely didn’t think I’d end up loving it so much that I’d live here. I think LA is becoming my favorite city!
How and when did you get your start in music?
I started playing the keyboard when I was around seven or eight years old. My parents gave me one as a present, and I started learning all the songs that were “built into it.” I used to write short stories before I even knew how to play music, so I started turning my stories into songs.
Your two songs Shoestrings and Blackbird were executed perfectly in the production as well as performance. Who are you working with as far as production?
Thank you so much. For those two songs I worked with a wonderful producer named Matt Dougherty in Chicago.
What LA bands do you personally love?
Hmm, there’s so many good ones! Right now I love Bonnie Mckee, Billie Eilish, Cosmos N Creature, Spells, Electric Guest, and so many more. I don’t think there’s enough space to name them all.
When performing live do you wish to add other musicians and instruments?
Absolutely. Right now, I’ve been doing more intimate shows with just myself and a keyboard. I’d love to have people playing along with me eventually.
At the moment you are unsigned but I see that changing very soon. What music label would you like to be on?
Honestly, I’d just like to be on a label that values what I’m creating and will be my partner throughout my project. There’s nothing more important than having a team I can grow with.
Top 3 musical inspirations:
It changes pretty often, but this past year, I’d say Aurora, as I’m always amazed at how intricate and beautiful her melodies are when I listen to her work. James Blake, as I love his production and also Oh Wonder— I’ve seen them perform live twice now, and I love their stage presence together. They give a great show, I’m always left wanting to go home and write music afterward.
Right now I’m really into Stan Getz (I love Jazz), PREP, Jorja Smith, SZA, and Madeleine Peyroux. I’ve also been playing the song “Attitude, Belief, and Determination” by Martin L. Dumas on repeat for the last week.
Best spots in Los Angeles to visit:
There’s so many. Runyon Canon, Echo Park, Stories Cafe (get the breakfast sandwich), Wasteland (vintage clothing), The Short Stop (fun bar for dancing), Donut Friend, Sqirl (best brunch), No Vacancy, Peppermint Club, Melrose Trading Post, and Smorgasburg.
Tell us some future plans:
I have a lot in the works, but right now I’m pretty focused on the writing side of things. I’ve been busy writing with (and for) other artists and producers.
What does Dark Beauty mean to you?
I think Dark Beauty stands for beauty outside of the ordinary. Dark Beauty is about bringing fantasies and innovative, fascinating ideas to life within the arts community.