FYIG Chats with Retro Pop and R&B Singer Xav A.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a retro Pop and R&B singer! I focus my music on bringing back all of the happiest times of the 80’s and 90’s. I also just released a clothing line to spread the joy even further! (xavamusic.kincustom.com)

When did you start to think that you could possibly make a career in the music industry and how did you come to that revelation?

I decided to really pursue my vision after performing on The Sing-Off with The Dartmouth Aires. During my time there I realized I wanted to not only be a singer but a creative director of my own brand and vision. So after graduating college in 2014 I really got to figure out who I was, what I wanted my music to portray and go after it.

You got second place on season 3 of NBC’s The Sing Off. What was that experience like and what did you learn from it?

A competition show like that really enhances your performance skills. We learned one or two new song and dance routines every week and my muscle memory had to rise to the occasion to make that happen. It truly forces you to be at your absolute best at all time.

That was the same season that featured the Pentatonix. Did you ever expect them to become as big as they have?

Yes, they are super talented!

How would you describe your musical style?

My musical style is inevitably going to bring a smile to your face. It feels wholesome and fun–regardless of the style of music or the lyrics. That’s the signature part of it to me.

Your latest single is called Old Milk. Tell us a little bit about the song.

Old Milk is all about a relationship that both of the people forget to nourish and cultivate. I really wanted to capture the same kind of emotional process as when you find that old milk in the fridge. The video is full of fun 80’s references and more cows than the eye can see. Haha.

This song is self-produced. What are some of the advantages of doing it all on your own?

The biggest advantage of doing all of it on your own is that you never put out anything with regrets. My musical vision falls outside of a lot of standard genre lines, so often times when I work with producers I feel like what I’m looking for just doesn’t fit what they like to do. So rather than stressing them out and getting a product neither of us like, I’d just rather do it myself.

Can audiences expect an EP or full-length album on the way?

Right now I’m working on music videos for two awesome singles for the new year! But in the meantime, everyone can check out my Christmas videos here and get into the holiday mood: https://bit.ly/2zzxbCk

What’s next for your career?

I’m really focusing on getting the word out through social media! I want to work on new material but also make sure that people that will love my previous works really get the chance to see and enjoy them. Social media definitely has that type of power!

What advice do you have for aspiring singers?

Figure out who you are as soon as you can. Don’t be afraid to make lists of what you like and look-books of visuals you enjoy. The sooner you can figure that out, the sooner you can meet with and collaborate with people who understand and complement your vision.

What’s a day in your life like outside the studio?

So many things go on outside the studio–planning new videos, planning new artistic mediums and going out in NYC and meeting cool artists!

Let the readers know where to find you online.

You can find me in all the places below!

My Website – XavAMusic.com

YouTube – youtube.com/XavAMusic

Facebook – facebook.com/XavAMusic

Instagram – instagram.com/XavAMusic

Twitter – twitter.com/XavAMusic

My Clothing – XavAMusic.kincustom.com