Having spent the last few years releasing a breadth of bold and engaging alt-rock stompers, Kansas City-based Ivory Blue recently returned to deliver a more humble offering in the shape of Elite Dreamland.
Swapping out the pounding drums for little more than an acoustic guitar, this new delight shows us the more sombre and heartfelt side to the artist. With its warm and wistful direction, their newest jam sees them return in fresh and vibrant form.
So with their name back on our radar, we sat down with them to find out more about their earliest influences and what has inspired them over the years.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
When I was little, I wanted to learn how to play piano. Probably because that was the only instrument in our home, but my foster parents gave me a guitar instead and that was the first instrument I taught myself how to play. I remember how much that upset me but thinking about it now, it gave me a chance to showcase my talent at a very young age. I’ve since then learned how to play piano and incorporate synth sounds in my songs.
What has been the most prominent inspiration behind your music so far?
Childhood trauma, life struggles and painful memories from the past are very much the foundation of all my songs. Some are more prominent than others, but people seem to relate to the lyrics to experiences in their own life and give them encouragement to know that they’re not alone.
What kind of music did you love as a teenager?
I pretty much had to listen to what my foster parents were listening to until I was old enough to get my own music. Pink Floyd, Stevie Nicks, The Wall, Nirvana, The Beatles to name a few.
When you wake up in the morning, what kind of music do you like to listen to?
I don’t really listen to music in the morning. I generally like everything quiet for a couple of hours, then head to the studio to listen to what I worked on the day before and start working on my songs.
How many of your songs have you written about people in your life?
All of the songs are written about personal experiences. Whether with people, things I see, read about or sometimes a conversation that takes me back to my past. How does the saying go? “Write what you know” I follow that to a T.
What has been the most memorable moment in your career so far?
Being the winner of Next2Rock, a national singer/songwriter competition with over 1800 bands entering to win a year record deal with BMLG. Winning that gave me so much confidence. The feeling of being recognised by elite musicians ensured me that anything is possible.
If you weren’t a musician, what other path do you think you might have taken?
I’ve loved animals and when I was very young thought that I’d be a veterinarian, but music always took the spotlight. I can’t see myself do anything but music. It’s me!
Ivory Blue’s latest single Elite Dreamland is available to stream and download now.