So Olivia, you started your music career at a very young age, what inspired you to try music at all?
I have always loved singing. I would have started taking lessons sooner but in Switzerland, where I use to live, they didn’t allow kids under 14 to take private singing lessons. I was in my school choir group however. Then when I came back to the east coast I started taking my first private singing lessons when I was seven years old. But what really made me love singing and music was when I saw Lady Gaga performing and I knew I wanted to do that too. Because she’s such a talented human.
Did you know from a young age you wanted to do music as a career?
I always knew I wanted to sing like I said before, I just never really got an opportunity to until I moved to the East Coast. But singing just naturally came to me I would hear a song and it automatically start singing along.
How would you describe your musical style?
The music I listen to on my phone is way different than the music I actually sing. I like listening to R&B rap EDM music basically what’s on the radio right now but the music that I sing is pop.
What artists do you look up to right now?
I still love Lady Gaga because she’s so talented. Right now I look up to Jessie J some people may know this but she is such an amazing singer it is insane I love her voice.
Can you tell us about your new song “Battle Scars”? What is the meaning of the song?
My song “Battle Scars” was recorded eight months before the actual shooting of the music video. The song represents someone breaking your heart and you having to protect yourself from this toxic person. It’s such an emotional love song and if you really listen to the beautiful lyrics they are so deep and they just really touch your heart. Here is the Youtube link – https://youtu.be/KrRd84MtasQ
What was the process to make the “Battle Scars” music video?
Making the music video to “Battle Scars” was actually so fun and quick. Dani Abraham of Awesomeness TV directed the music video and shot it in the Awesomeness TV studios in Los Angeles. It was such a fun experience. Everybody on the set was so happy and so upbeat. Sam Pottoroff who played my love interest in the video was so funny and hanging out with him made the day go by so quickly as we laughed the entire time on set.
How was it like working with YouTube Star Sam Pottorff?
Working with Sam was so awesome he brought his now fiancé to the set with him. She is so sweet and they are just such a cute couple. Sam himself was so funny the entire time we just kept cracking jokes and was just a really fun experience.
Is there any new projects in the work like working with Sam again?
As of now I don’t have any projects coming up with Sam again. I do have one project I would love to discuss and am very passionate about. I recently started working with a company called Sound Affects. Our mission and goal is to raise money for helping find a cure for cancer. Cancer touches each and every one of us in some way and I am happy and thrilled to be part of their mission. Check out my link right here for more information – http://soundaffects.org/?s=olivia+cella
I will be performing live for Sound Affects sometime in November 2016 so check back on my social media accounts so you can come down and support our project.
Is there any new music coming out soon?
I can’t really discuss everything we have planned for the future however I can say I have another original song that my vocal coach Estani Frizzell wrote that I plan to record soon. I also have an original song that I haven’t even told my mom about that I wrote and it still very rough and very new but hopefully I’ll be able to get that out soon as well.
If yes, can you tell us a little about the new music?
The next song I am recording my vocal coach Estani Frizzell wrote it is called “Meant To Be” it is such an amazing song all the lyrics are so meaningful and deep. Estani also wrote BattleScars. Both songs are inspirational and meaningful ballads. I just love them. The song I’m writing myself started off as a break up song and then I didn’t really keep writing it for a long time and then it started morphing into more of like “a losing your friend” song and it’s just kind of still in the works.
Whats your favorite song to perform live?
My favorite song to perform live is definitely Hello by Adele. I have a video up on my youtube channel of me singing the song live. Here is the link – https://youtu.be/ciUV8Y39EdE It is such a challenging song then when I finally sing those notes up on the stage and you can just feel them coming out of your mouth with everybody listening. it’s just such a great moment being able to hit those notes.
What social media platform do you use most to stay connected to your fans?
I use Instagram the most and then I use musically, Twitter then Facebook. I’ve never once posted on my Facebook it’s always my mom posting for me. I know this sounds terrible but I just don’t really like Facebook. Twitter I sometimes go on there not very often but I’m going to start taking it over soon. Instagram I open as many DMs as I can and I try to answer all of my fans since I run my Instagram 100% by myself. Here is the link for those who want to follow me there – https://www.instagram.com/oliviacella/?hl=en
What’s an average day for “Olivia Cella” look like?
An average day for me, during the school year I obviously have to go to school which is actually pretty fun because I have all my friends that I’ve known since first grade so that’s pretty cool. On the days I don’t head into NYC for auditions right after school I come home and I do my homework right away because I know when I finally get home and start watching TV that I won’t get to it. So I do it right when I come home from school and mostly every single day I’ll sing. I don’t really know for how long because I just sing while I’m doing stuff. Sing and do my homework and then I’ll slide over to my piano go back to doing homework. it’s just kind of a balancing my life and singing.
What goals have you set out for yourself in your career?
I just want people to hear my music and to be inspired, yes fame comes with it and that’s a plus side of it. but really I just enjoy singing and it’s just a fun thing to do that makes me happy.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years in your career and personal life?
I am hoping in five years that I will hear myself on the radio and that I will have people that know my name. So if I go to a crowded public place I’ll maybe see somebody that comes up to me and recognizes me and I hope that my music would have touched them in a positive way. Most of my music videos and song I sing/cover are about female empowerment. Be strong! Be Yourself! I love meeting people that love what I do. For my personal life I don’t really know. I’m pretty young so I will not be married anytime soon haha.
Last question, Do you have any advice for aspiring music artists?
My advice is to keep doing what you love. If you’re not 100% about music don’t do it. It is not worth it then. Singing is too much of a hard business that if you don’t absolutely love singing, don’t do it. Ask yourself was is your true passion and just do it! Commit to your passion absolutely 100% and you will be successful.
Well Thanks again for taking the time to do this interview with us. We can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you 😉
Also thank you so much for taking the time to interview me. I very much appreciate it!