Meet Liv Dawson, Rising British Singer and Justin Bieber Superfan
London singer Liv Dawson first started writing her own songs at age 13—back when she didn’t have as many life experiences to write about. But now, just five years later, she’s got plenty to cover. With a record deal, a headline show, and a buzzy new single, the teenager is one of the most hotly-tipped rising stars of 2017. And for good reason, considering her lush, electro-tinged sound is exactly what we want blasting from our headphones all day, everyday. But why wait? Get to know Liv right now below (then tell all your friends “told you so” later).
You’re all over music blogs these days, but how did you get started?
I’ve always known I could sing, but it wasn’t until I was about 13 when I realized I might be able to do it as a career. From that point I just kept gigging and writing songs about my life. When I was that young, there wasn’t much for me to write about—it was sort of funny, like, that awkward stage of not really knowing what to do. It’s just sort of moved on from there, really.
Tell us about your debut single, “Tapestry.”
I wrote it a year ago, and we didn’t know that was going to be my debut single at that point. It’s about my life in some ways—but it’s not a certain moment, it’s more about how different experiences are woven together into a kind of tapestry. It’s sort of a mum saying, but it’s a comforting thing to say to someone. That’s why I love it, though; anyone can relate to it. I like to change my sound with how I change as a person. So that’s why my next single, “Open Your Eyes,” feels totally different. It’s a bit more fun, but it’s still quite sad [Laughs].
What goes through your mind when you’re about to release a song?
Before I release a song, I’m like, “Oh god! Will they like it?” I freak out a tiny bit. But I just want to be as honest as possible. Releasing “Tapestry” was a thing where I didn’t know what people were going to think of it, but people have been taking it really well. That’s given me more confidence.
What do your friends from home think of your music career?
I’m on a break from school right now, but my friends don’t treat me any different. When I see my friends, we like to do things that are completely non-music related. But they’re really supportive and they love coming to my shows.
I really, really love Justin Bieber. [Laughs] He’s a guilty pleasure, but I would love to go and see his shows every night. Watching him live has been on my bucket list for forever. So if I toured with him, I would get to see him every single night—he’s nice to look at, too.