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Meet D Liva

Today we’d like to introduce you to D Liva.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
My first serious introduction to music was in the fourth grade when I started playing the trombone. I played in school and community orchestras and jazz bands until my sophomore year in college. At that point, I left organized ensemble music in favor of making originals, picking up piano and guitar along the way.

Fast forward seven years. I published my first serious EP, The Quiet Grind, and with it came a marked change in my approach toward music. Up until that point, original music had been a hobby that I took seriously, but didn’t aggressively pursue past intermittent, heavily promoted digital releases. Now, it was time to make a name for myself on the local scene as a top-tier performer.

Since then, I’ve performed in several small-venue concerts around Chicago and have gradually built a reputation as a compelling showman and captivating entertainer. I started out performing alongside my elder brother and DJ, Spydey, and have since primarily played with a full live band.

If I had to present my biggest value to someone who is unaware of D Liva, I’d say it’s my live show. It brings a whole new life to the music I record and quickly converts would-be skeptics into instant fans. Make sure to come to check one out! Visit to see when the next show will be.

Please tell us more about your music.
I categorize my music with a self-dubbed label: Black Pop. It’s highly melodic and intensely infused with dark energy whose lyrics oscillate between being mindlessly catchy to deeply thoughtful and honest. I use words that trigger a full range of emotive responses, and consciously choose the ones that hit the hardest.

My goal for every one of my songs is simple: the listener MUST be able to remember one part of the song a day after listening to it.

One of my biggest frustrations with the average song is that it’s virtually indistinguishable from those of other artists in the same genre, time and place. As a result, most songs are easily forgotten. My favorite compliment is when people tell me that my music is creative and that they’ve never heard anything like it before.

Its biggest inspirations are Kanye West, Jay-Z, Eminem, and Drake.

We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
If you’re a musician… GO TO OPEN MICS!

This is not only an ideal place to network and commune, but it’s where you can find inspiration and source of local talent. People that have watched me perform at open mics have become regular show attendees, and musicians I’ve met at them have become members of my live band.

Connecting with people in real life has no substitute! Hit me up if you want to know about some of the better open mics around town.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Check out the music video to my latest single, Borrow It:

Stream my EP, The Quiet Grind, on all platforms including:


Contact Info:

Image Credit:
All photos were edited by me and the last two (Money Shower & Orb Teleport) are screenshots from the Borrow It music video. My cousin, Patrick Lueg, filmed the video so he can be credited with taking the video screenshots. I took all other photos with a self-timing DSLR.

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