Liv Little

Producer — South London

Name, where are you from?
Liv Little. South London born and raised.

What do you do?
I do a lot. I’m a bit manic. Television, production, radio, audio producing. I do a lot of curating and writing. I’ve written in a few books. Plus, I’m the founder of a company called Galdem. The reason why I do all these things is because I like experimenting with different formats and seeing what fits with different stories. All of my work is about telling people’s stories. And not everything fits in an article or in a film or an exhibition, it’s really nice to play around with different formats.

Describe your style in three words?
I’m trying to be bolder, but I’m actually quite basic. I like simple pieces, but bright. And I wear turtle necks way too much. I would say, simple, comfortable and bold.

Which music defines the teenage you?
Pre-teen was like Avril Lavigne vibes, but that was definitely around primary school. I used to wear quite boyish clothes, like baggy jeans and stuff. That didn’t last that long though. I’d grown up around good music, like soul music. My mum was really big into D’Angelo and Lauryn Hill so I always had that playing in my house. That’s the sort of stuff that I listen to consistently now.

A British icon who has inspired you?
I’m not going to say my mum because I always say my mum! There are loads of people that have done amazing things that I didn’t discover until later in life, like Olive Morris who was an activist in Brixton who did a lot for the working class rights, black people’s rights. And then there’s Una Marson who was the first black British woman to have a show on the BBC. It was called West Indies Calling. So they’re pretty cool. And also in a contemporary setting, Lady Phyll for her activism and also Michaela Coel.

What has been your all-time favourite gig?
It has to be D’Angelo! About three years ago my mum got me tickets for Christmas. It was just the best. I can’t stress enough how incredible it was!

What was the first song you played on repeat?
The first film I ever went to see and the first tape I think I probably ever had was Spice World. I went to see Spice World the movie when I was about four and my mum had to sneak me into the cinema, but it was probably something from that album.

A song from your favourite album?
'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' is just a classic album. I love 'To Zion', and I love 'Tell Him'. Both of those.

What is the last piece of music you bought?
I don’t really listen to current music. I think the last thing I downloaded was a load of songs from the ‘90s. The last piece of music I downloaded was a song by OMAR called 'There’s Nothing Like This'. It’s a song that me and my girlfriends listen to so that’s kind of cute.

Best song to bring people together?
'Candy' by Cameo. Classic.

Best song to end an all-nighter?
It’s got to be some ‘90s classic. Maybe a bit of Missy Elliott.

Best love song of all time?
That is a serious question! Maybe Minnie Riperton, 'Lovin You'.

Is there a song you like that people wouldn’t expect?
Probably Dolly Parton or something. Actually, there’s one song by Norah Jones and Dolly Parton called 'Creepin In' that I really like.

What new musicians are you listening to?
She’s not particularly new, but my friend Poppy Ajudha is an amazing singer. I’ve been following her music for years and watching her grow has just been amazing. There’s an artist called Sasha Keable who I really like, who again is a friend of mine who’s just started making music again. Rachel Chinouriri is great and also an artist called Harve who is lovely and I’m going to see live next week.

Name, where are you from?
Liv Little. South London born and raised.

What do you do?
I do a lot. I’m a bit manic. Television, production, radio, audio producing. I do a lot of curating and writing. I’ve written in a few books. Plus, I’m the founder of a company called Galdem. The reason why I do all these things is because I like experimenting with different formats and seeing what fits with different stories. All of my work is about telling people’s stories. And not everything fits in an article or in a film or an exhibition, it’s really nice to play around with different formats.

Describe your style in three words?
I’m trying to be bolder, but I’m actually quite basic. I like simple pieces, but bright. And I wear turtle necks way too much. I would say, simple, comfortable and bold.

Which music defines the teenage you?
Pre-teen was like Avril Lavigne vibes, but that was definitely around primary school. I used to wear quite boyish clothes, like baggy jeans and stuff. That didn’t last that long though. I’d grown up around good music, like soul music. My mum was really big into D’Angelo and Lauryn Hill so I always had that playing in my house. That’s the sort of stuff that I listen to consistently now.

A British icon who has inspired you?
I’m not going to say my mum because I always say my mum! There are loads of people that have done amazing things that I didn’t discover until later in life, like Olive Morris who was an activist in Brixton who did a lot for the working class rights, black people’s rights. And then there’s Una Marson who was the first black British woman to have a show on the BBC. It was called West Indies Calling. So they’re pretty cool. And also in a contemporary setting, Lady Phyll for her activism and also Michaela Coel.

What has been your all-time favourite gig?
It has to be D’Angelo! About three years ago my mum got me tickets for Christmas. It was just the best. I can’t stress enough how incredible it was!

What was the first song you played on repeat?
The first film I ever went to see and the first tape I think I probably ever had was Spice World. I went to see Spice World the movie when I was about four and my mum had to sneak me into the cinema, but it was probably something from that album.

A song from your favourite album?
'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' is just a classic album. I love 'To Zion', and I love 'Tell Him'. Both of those.

What is the last piece of music you bought?
I don’t really listen to current music. I think the last thing I downloaded was a load of songs from the ‘90s. The last piece of music I downloaded was a song by OMAR called 'There’s Nothing Like This'. It’s a song that me and my girlfriends listen to so that’s kind of cute.

Best song to bring people together?
'Candy' by Cameo. Classic.

Best song to end an all-nighter?
It’s got to be some ‘90s classic. Maybe a bit of Missy Elliott.

Best love song of all time?
That is a serious question! Maybe Minnie Riperton, 'Lovin You'.

Is there a song you like that people wouldn’t expect?
Probably Dolly Parton or something. Actually, there’s one song by Norah Jones and Dolly Parton called 'Creepin In' that I really like.

What new musicians are you listening to?
She’s not particularly new, but my friend Poppy Ajudha is an amazing singer. I’ve been following her music for years and watching her grow has just been amazing. There’s an artist called Sasha Keable who I really like, who again is a friend of mine who’s just started making music again. Rachel Chinouriri is great and also an artist called Harve who is lovely and I’m going to see live next week.

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