We had the good fortune of connecting with LEVY and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi LEVY, why did you pursue a creative career?
Throughout my life, I’ve always had a strong connection to music. It has always brought me a sense of peace and presence in a world filled with so many distractions.
It wasn’t until I attended my first music festival the summer after I graduated high school, that led me to discover the beauty that is house music. I was 18, filled with all kinds of curiosities, and felt a strong connection to the underground house music scene. It had felt as if the bass reached out from the speakers and gave me a warm hug letting me know I was in the right place.
The very next day, I purchased a music production software, a pair of studio monitors, and a 61 key Novation Launchkey keyboard. The rest was history.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I started “LEVY” with the intention to create music that takes listeners on a journey through sound. There is something beautiful about getting lost in the groove of the music and allowing your body to express itself in its truest form.
One of the most difficult things to accomplish as a musician is finding your “sound”. If you can write and produce a song in such a distinct manner, to the point where listeners can instantly recognize it as your song, then you have begun to tap into something special. I think it’s really important to always stay true to yourself, and to love what you are doing, not only as a musician but as a human in general.
As cliche as it sounds, hard work really does pay off. Over the years, I have understood the importance of believing in yourself, loving what you do, and most importantly having fun. Celebrate the wins, and appreciate the losses, because, without the lows, there can’t be any highs.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh man, there is so much to say on this topic.
Day one: Head out to mission trails early morning, set up a top rope, and do some rock climbing for a few hours. Grab some brunch in north park, then head to one of the beaches and relax for the day.
Day two: Go surfing in Encinitas, grab breakfast burritos at Roberto’s (IFYKY), and end the day with a padre game at Petco Park.
Day three: Play beach volleyball in Mission Beach all day, watch the sunset and finish with some beers at a local dive bar.
Day four: Frisbee golf at Morley Field with a crew of friends, bring some beers and enjoy good company.
Day Five: I know this isn’t in the city, but one of the beauties of San Diego in my opinion, is the easy access you get to Mexico. Taking a quick drive down to Rosarito, or Ensenada and enjoying some fresh seafood and good waves never disappoints.
Day six: Head into Little Italy and enjoy the local farmer’s markets, and amazing craft cocktails the neighborhood has to offer.
Day seven: Rent a sailboat from San Diego Bay or Mission Bay with a group of friends and sail to Coronado, have some lunch and return back before sunset.
I hope this helps someone planning their next staycation.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First and foremost, I would like to thank my family and close friends for always supporting all of my endeavors, and enabling me to believe in my dreams.
The list of support goes on and on, but I am truly thankful for the underground house music scene in San Diego and all the independent record labels and event coordinators who have believed in this project. Staybad records and Hood Politics, and Music is 4 Lovers were some of the first record labels and party groups to sign and publish my music, and I am truly grateful to be a part of such a loving team.