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Meet Livi ElleMona

Today we’d like to introduce you to Livi ElleMona.

Livi, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My journey to music has been passionate, yet I have overcome a myriad of hardships and adversities that have tested my commitment through pain. I write lyrics from a place of traumatic suffering but also from a mentality of optimism, curiosity, and personal growth. My artistic lineage has influenced me, but I never felt fully called to make music and I spent most of my life misunderstanding what I truly wanted.

I am born from immigrants on both sides of my family and this has taught me countless lessons on perseverance, self-worth, ambition, and the ways to value success. Raised in two different cultures, Philippines and Germany; in many unstable environments. I was born in Central Florida and became who I am in the neighborhood of Treme, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Overcoming the tragedies of my self-destructive rage, homelessness, drugs, sexual abuse, and suicide attempts, I have poured my experiences into music to heal and discover my identity. I have gained wisdom by making mistakes independently and I’ve harmonized the past of others through poetry. I’m strong enough to carry the weight of someone else’s burdens through words because of the times I’ve had to do it alone.

I make music to guide myself and to connect with the world now. I do it because I need it and I share it because others need it. I’m an entertainer because I want to have fun and simplify my human existence. In every song, I make it impossible to fail for anyone.

Great, 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?
Nothing has ever been easy for me. I was a troubled child, a rebellious student, a dishonest friend, a stoic lover, and I’m no stranger to angry misfortune. However, I’m also no stranger to genuine intimacy, vulnerable devotion, and trust. Every time I was in horrible circumstances, I visualized I was in the most inspiring environments instead. My biggest struggle of all was overcoming my fear of failure.

I have imaginative goals and I also have created a habit of doubting my potential. It has always been a cycle of hesitation that hinders me from taking risks. I had just a moment of awareness, sometimes that’s all we get, and I explored that no matter the difficulty. I became mindful of the way I spoke to myself when I met my wife and she cried over my expressions. I’d never seen anyone hurt over the way I saw my body or my mind because I never explicitly told anyone the truth about how I felt. I built this behavior through momentum.

I became my fear, my first thought every day was a statement of failure. I had to reverse the momentum. I had to be so supportive of my own efforts that I redefined what failure even meant, in order to learn or believe that I had never actually even failed because I was instead evolving.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I am a Hip-Hop artist and I’m known for my gritty and seductive sound. I bring a sultry southern modesty to the opulence of Los Angeles. As a queer voice in the music industry, I represent a fluid balance of feminine and masculine energy. If you’re singing with my tracks, you’re giving yourself all the positive affirmations you need.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Through any honorable accomplishments or accolades, releasing completed works will always give me the most pride. It’s incredibly brave to share art.

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Victoria LoMonaco

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