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Conversations with Liam Berkeley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Liam Berkeley.
Hi Liam, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I was raised as the youngest of 7, same father several wives. Entertaining was big in our family and a gathering of joy and celebration. My parents would throw wild/lavish parties with their friends, so from a young age I was exposed to disco, soul, funk, jazz and 80’s and 90’s house classics –
I’ve been trying to find my way in music since I was 16, originally thinking the business side was for me. After years of dipping in and out of the industry and fed up with being a lost 25 year old I moved to New York and started DJing wherever I could. In the days I would learn how to produce from other producers and friends.  I love to DJ and provide that live experience but I found a passion in writing songs and producing them out. Everything from Piano ballads to Club/Disco tracks. I’m excited for this next release, “Oui Disco”.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
F*ck no. F*cking s*it early on. I didn’t come from a family of musicians so the music industry was this crazy, foreign world of sex, drugs and Rock’n Roll which was obviously a big no-no. The thought of even working in the music industry was not really an option.
However growing up I was always somehow connected with it – performing/jamming at school, meeting artists in my teenage years and watching them create. For me it was always helping someone else – developing them and accompanying them. I never believed I was an artist. It’s kind of crazy… Then along the way I got really sick, my body started shutting down and I was pretty depressed between 25-28. So I was forced to slow down and listen to myself. Doing this I started to heal and over time get healthy – my mind and body. I love music for that – it literally saved my life. When I realized music was healing me I dove in further to study this world of  energy, vibration and sound frequencies and the effect that vibration/sound has on a cellular/molecule level. Point of the matter is music makes you happy when you’re sad and/or sad if you’d like – it moves you but at the same time is invisible and doesn’t really exist anywhere. It’s magic.
And it has no comedown!! There’s no other drug like it…
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
The journey of music for me is this  journey of authenticity and self-development. How can I deliver the most raw/authentic version of something – which is yourself. I think this is the journey of life. How do you get rid of all the bullshit, both external and internal to allow yourself to just be… At first, you try to be like something and along the way you come to terms with just being something – which is hopefully the truest version of you. Sounds super cliche and easy but like everything it’s a process. An incredible one…  For me it has been the answer to true “happiness” – this thing we’re all searching and working for.
We’re all raised and sculpted to be a certain way and that’s okay. I think you should take the good from that and let go of what isn’t for you moving forward. As I continue to do this I hope I can allow others to feel and do the same. So you all know I am a massive self-depreciator and have imposter syndrome but I’m proud of where I’m at and what’s coming to me.
I create fun,  up-lifting, good times – through my music and DJ sets. I want people to feel elevated, empowered and a sense of love and freedom – liberation from the mundane day-to-day.
Thank you VoyageLA and enjoy my latest single ‘Oui Disco’.
xx
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Peace Sign at Club: Ryan McFadden @ryanjmcfadden Disco Ball in desert: Vika Petlakh @stillvika All others: Jaref Reiff @jreiff_

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