Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Olivia Wik and I am a songwriter and singer from Edmonton.
I began my career as an artist who writes songs, but as the years have gone by, I’ve transitioned to being a writer who sings. Being a writer has given me so many amazing career highlights that I’ll cherish forever.
Some other info about me: I’m a Leo, I love traveling, baking cookies, I love running even though I’m not good at it, and I’m an advocate for endometriosis research and support for people with bipolar disorder.
How did you first become interested in a music career?
I have been writing and singing for basically my whole life. I realized at the age of 15 that I wanted to start writing songs for myself. I was inspired by Taylor Swift and her decision to write everything she sings. I wanted to do the same and be like her, so I bought a blue guitar that looked like one of hers, and I started taking guitar lessons in high school.
I loved writing and performing, and once I figured out that I would have to get a lot better as a writer if I wanted to do anything with my musical career, I decided to learn from people who were in the industry. I started going to conferences when I was a teenager and networking, making connections, going on songwriting trips to Nashville, and meeting people who helped shape me as a writer and a person.
How would you describe your musical style?
I would call it style-less. That sounds like a bad thing, but it’s really not!
As a songwriter, I don’t limit myself to writing in just one genre. I told myself a long time ago that I would allow myself to release music that I’m proud of and excited about regardless of style or genre. I think that allows me more freedom when making decisions about my work.
What can you tell us about your latest single, “Let’s Dance”?
I wrote “Let’s Dance” ages ago! I kept it to myself for so long because I was embarrassed to show anyone such a risqué song. So, I kept sitting on it, and sitting on it, and sitting on it until I had the courage to send the voice note to my producers.
I wrote the song in about 30 minutes – it hit me all at once. I scrambled to get the chorus down, then rushed to the verses because the melodies and lyrics were coming to me almost too fast. It came to me in such an unconventional way, but when I was done, I knew it was a great song. I just had a feeling
What was it like working with producer duo “Towers” on the song?
Brad and Brandon are two incredible people. I worked with them on my first single, “When I Was Drunk”, and loved the work they did on that song. I wanted to come back to them as producers because I love how they listen to the artist. I sent them some references for the track on “Let’s Dance”, then they created a skeleton track based on my voice note and references that I sent them.
The first thing I noticed what that the chorus was a bit of an anti-chorus. It didn’t explode into something huge. Brad and Brandon had the great idea to keep it cool on the first chorus, then build and build the track as the song progressed. It took me by surprise when I first heard it, but it fit so well.
The two of them are true professionals. They get the job done and let me tell you, they do it very well!
How integral has it been on your own music to collaborate with more than 100 songwriters over your career?
Writing with so many people taught me so many important lessons. It taught me how to structure a song, how to write interesting melodies, come up with lyrics that are unique and not trite, how to write when you’re not inspired, how to write when you have to, and how to make an all-around good song.
I’ve also worked with people from all over the world, so I’ve had the incredible opportunity to travel to Europe, all over Canada, and parts of the states. Doing this has given me the opportunity to not only learn about music but different cultures as well. I was a really sheltered kid before I started traveling and working with people.
How has COVID-19 affected your career?
This might be bad to say, but my career hasn’t been impacted too much because of COVID. I wasn’t gigging much before the pandemic, and when I first started songwriting, it was mostly done with others over Skype. The switch to virtual spaces was an easy one because I had already been using them for so long.
What has been impacted is the ability to promote my music and write with others around the world. For promotion, I’m used to going to TV and radio stations, performing for the morning shows, and talking to the hosts. When it comes to writing with people, I used to be able to plan a writing trip somewhere in the world and travel there. Now, I have to try and negotiate around time differences and either stay up late or wake up early.
I know so many others have had it so much worse, so I feel very lucky that not too much has changed for me.
What’s next for your career?
I have another single coming out sometime this year. It’s a dance-pop song called “Write Me in It”. I wrote that song in a songwriting camp in Finland about 6 years ago and it’s been sitting in my catalogue ever since. I think it’s a great song that deserves to see the light of day and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.
What advice would you have for aspiring music artists?
Get a good lawyer. That piece of advice saved me a lot of heartache and money.
What’s your life like outside of music?
I’m a very low-key kind of person. Before the pandemic, I was finishing up university and had a lot more to report on. Now, I work from home at a 9-5 job, I love hanging out with my cat, I’m engaged to an incredible guy, and love re-watching “Hamilton”.
I also have a quiet life. I go for nice long walks, pop into my local coffee shop on a daily basis, have fires in the summer, and do really small and sweet things on a daily basis that I love.
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