Monday, June 18, 2018

Interview: V!VID - Their Forming, Influences, 'V!VID Mixes,' New Single 'Every Week' & More!

Hailing from Philadelphia, V!VID is the latest and hottest female R&B singing group to hit the scene. In an era where musical groups are scarce, V!VID is defying the odds with their undeniable talent, hard work, dedication, and sisterhood. RnB Junkie recently had the opportunity to interview the ladies of V!VID Megan, Jazmynn, Janeé, and Kayla. We discussed how they formed, their individual qualities, influences, 'V!VID Mixes,' new single, and more. Check out our interview with V!VID below, and be sure to follow them all forms of social media!

V!VID, I love your name. Can you tell us how you met and the meaning behind your name?

Megan: The way that we became about is that I wanted to create a girl group. I and Jazmynn in the group had already known each other. Then we had a friend of ours named Jay. I reached out to him because I couldn't think of any other girls. He referred us to Janeé, and a girlfriend of ours named Brandy told us about Kayla. I didn't think Kayla would want to be in the group, but here we are, and this is V!VID.

We were in Jazmynn's living room trying to figure out synonyms to describe us. We came across the name vivid. When someone said vivid, everybody looked at each other and was like, "Yaassss VIVID!" It just worked, it clicked, and the definition. I feel like we embodied the meaning of the name Vivid.

Being in a group you have to work as a team, what is one quality that each of you brings to the group?

Jaz: I think I bring silliness to the group. Sometimes when things are getting a little bit tense, I bring the fun to it.

Megan: They call me like the mom. They call me MLK to be smart (chuckles) because I'm always trying to think positive about things, and stuff like that.

Janeé: I am the turn up of the group. I bring the energy, the fun, the silliness, the playfulness, and a good time.

If you could describe your sound in three words, what would they be?

V!VID: Dope ass music! [Laughs.]

Who are some of your biggest influences?

V!VID: I have a lot of influences. I like Selena, Sade, Prince, Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, and J. Lo. Groups wise I like Destiny Child; we love TLC and Xscape.

Janeé: She named them all [laughs].

V!VID: Collectively we all look up to the same people [laughs].

What would you say are your biggest motivations?

V!VID: Our biggest motivation is our family and friends.

Yeah, for sure.

My son is my motivation.

Philly is a city that has a hot and fresh music scene with artists such as Lil Uzi Vert, PnB Rock, Lee Mazin, M.T.B., and Devon to name a few. What does V!VID add to the Philly music scene?

V!VID - Sexy, rawness, real, sisterhood, and just like the energy that we bring to it. I feel like we definitely have a spot, we definitely have a mark in the Philly scene. Like, we have a lane just for us.

You all are very committed to your craft. How do you balance studio sessions, endurance training, rehearsing, and self-care?

V!VID: It's about finding a balance and knowing how to take the time really and know that this is something you want to do, you will find the time. It's your normal reality. Rather you are working 9 to 5, or have a lot going on in your personal life to make time for your craft. What we do is find our balance rather it is our family supporting us, keeping our faith with God, or knowing that this is something that we want to do. It kinds of balances it all out good for us.

I want to talk a little bit about your ‘V!VID MIXes’? You recently covered Lil Dicky and Chris Brown’s ‘Freaky Friday,’ and Tank’s ‘When We.’ what is your process like when you’re covering songs?

V!VID: Well, collectively it's usually about picking a song that we like all together. Like "Oh, this song is hot we need to cover this." Usually, everyone is at the same time, as far as with the songs that we like or are relevant right now. So, once we come together with that, it's just basically like a vibe out. It's like, "Oh my gosh, we all love these songs, so let's cover it."

Can you tell us about your new single ‘Every Week’?

V!VID: Yes, 'Every Week' is dropping soon. We have a video coming out. We're shooting this Saturday, June 23rd; so, if you want to come out and get your little cameo on, follow us on our V!VID page to know the time and location, so you all can show face.

What’s the most valuable thing you have learned so far in your career?

V!VID: The most valuable thing is patience. That's what I learned, and I think we've all learned patience, and to have faith.

What can we expect next from V!VID?

V!VID: Our music video is dropping for 'Every Week' our new single. Make sure you all follow us @ItsSoVivid on Instagram, again that's @ItsSoVivid on Instagram.

You all can also expect for us to inspire young women out there, especially the younger generation. In just sisterhood and showing a different light in women, that we all can come together. We don't have to be against each other and inspire other women out there. That's what you can expect next from V!VID.

How can our followers find you on social media?

V!VID: Well, they can follow us on Instagram at @ItsSoVivid, that's I-T-S-S-O-V-I-V-I-D. Also, on Facebook at Vivid Musiq. The Musiq is with a "q" instead of a "c." So, that's "Vivid Musiq" with a "q."

Also, our SoundCloud is "ItsSoVivd" as well.

On behalf of RnB Junkie, I would like to thank you all for the opportunity of interviewing you?

V!VID: Thank you so much for having us!

Thank you, have a good one.

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