Five Questions With AKA V

Rouyn-Noranda, QC based solo artist, AKA V has recently released her sophomore single, “Sunlight”. Watch the video for the single below and give this interview a read to learn more about this talented Canadian artist.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

My name is AKA V, I’m a singer songwriter from a small town in northern Québec. I moved to Ontario about 6 years ago to learn English and get my music career started.  2 years ago, I joined the band OzGoode and went on 2 national tours, although an amazing experience, the band broke up and I decided to start my solo career as AKA V. Since then, I’ve releases 2 singles and toured in UK, Canada and the USA to promote my music.  I recently signed with BMG and have another single called “Gone” coming soon.  I have so much more to come so stay tuned!

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

I like to write stories, usually mine, sometimes other peoples. It usually starts with a concept or a chord progression that gives me an idea for a concept and then we go from there. Since I don’t play an instrument, I have my guitar player who helps me put my thoughts into musical ideas. We’ve got a little system down now to write and it’s pretty amazing.

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

Yes, March 4th in Rouyn-Noranda Qc.  Since going solo, my live performances have been very intimate with just my guitar player and me. I’m looking forward to playing with a full band again, but playing acoustically for the last year or so have been a lot of fun and I love it! It has force me to work on my stage and vocal presence, as you don’t have anyone else or the big sound of a band, it’s just you.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

I’m early in my solo career, with only 2 single release and a 3rd coming in April. They all have a special place in heart, but I’d suggest Sunlight! It’s my current release and it’s an upbeat and fun.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favorite Canadian bands/ artists?

My music tastes are a little bit all over the place. Avril Lavigne played and big part in me wanting to career in music and I love Sumo Cyco, a rock band from Toronto. Lately we’ve been touring and driving throughout the States and Canada so we’ve been listening to the radio A LOT. I’d say at this time, Justin Bieber and The Weekend are my current favorite Canadian artists.

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