It was a Sunday afternoon, the weather was cooperative and the sun was shining which is very rare for Connecticut in March. I thought to myself what a perfect day to do an interview. I met up with the prospect at a local coffee shop, unbeknownst to us, it was a lot smaller than the google images had portrayed it. We hopped in our cars and went on our way. Just as we were pulling out the coffee shop the light turned red and all I hear was a collision of metal. I look back and see that my client had just been hit by two women. What are the odds? We pulled off to the nearest gas station and began the interview as we waited for the cops. “Where should I start?”, he said.
Hartford born, LiwAy knew at a young age he wanted to pursue rapping. “I remember I was about eight years old, I told my mom: ‘I want to be a rapper: and she immediately told me, ‘follow your dreams.” His parents were very supportive with his decision even allowing him to go to New York when he was just sixteen. “I had know idea what I was doing but I knew I wanted to do this”, said LiwAy. “I had a couple of friends who put me on to the New York rap scene, I engineered, and recorded music for people around the city [as well as] myself. I made connections left and right and met some of the best producers and artist. New York is its own place, people are supportive. If they know you are passionate about what you are doing they introduce you to people who will help pave the way.”
Upon arriving to New York, LiwAy's career path changed. “I met Adrian Kondratowicz and Noté Peter George both artists based out of the Bronx”, he said. He watched how they produced art, how they they put passion into their artwork. His focus changed, “My first piece is still ‘untitled’ till this day” It “gave me joy [while creating it], I really felt a positive connection. Whenever I pass it, I remember my experience and that “this is what I wanted to do.”
Abstract Artist LiwAy has seven months of painting under his belt but, is pursuing both his passions of art and music. The eighteen year old says to all the artist who are afraid of embracing their art, “create now so you don’t have to worry later. Making [art is like spreading love] and making it [your] own. Positivite vibes go a long way.”
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Check out my photoshoot with artist LiwAy and his artwork.
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