Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Interview With Markus Riva

Multitalented singer, songwriter, producer, actor, model Award winning pop singer, composer, host of tv shows and contests, actor and model Markus Riva share his story to me. Following his career really fascinating and inspiring me, and I hope he could inspire you too. Check out our conversation...


You’re multitalented guy.. How did you start all of your successful career?

Thank you! I started my career when I was 4. Of course, professionally it started when I was around 16 and finally realized what I want to do in my life. I have studied music since 6 and there haven’t been any other options to be considered. Music is my life. Music is my wife. I wake up with music and I have sex with that.

Beside Riga Fashion Week, you have another show in different country?

I like to do modeling but it is kind of secondary thing in my life. I started my fashion career when I was 18 and had a long hair. One of Latvian designers looked for that type of models and she contacted me. It was very interesting and not hard at all. So I have been involved in countless fashion projects after that. Now I am signed with Models International in NY. 


Who’s your fave Latvian designer?

I have great experience with designer Indra Salcevica (Salt). We are close friends and she is so talented. She has a great view and ideas. We have worked together for almost three years. Also, I really enjoy works by Anita Altmane, and also London-based Latvian designer Keita. Her shows in Riga Fashion Week are outstanding.

People who really influence your life?

My friends. Definitely. I have great friends and their life inspires me a lot. Unknown people. I like to sit and watch them walking by. Then I can create my own stories about them, even they could be absolutely wrong. David Bowie, James Dean, Woody Allen, and old Hollywood are icons to me too.

Have you ever found fans yell at you on the streets because you are famous?

Sometimes. But I am listening my iPhone all the time on the streets so mostly I can hear Bjork yelling in my ears.

If you have a chance to turn back time, in which period you like to return to?

College years. I had the best college – the Choir School of Riga Dom Cathedral. We were 6 people in class so It was a private school and I really enjoyed to study all the music subjects. It was time when dreams were made. And still I am sticking to the same dreams. Blessing.

You really love music.. Ever conducting for choir or orchestra?

I studied choir conducting and even if it is not my choice of life it was great experience. We had a “practice” choir and I conducted that for 3 years. And also I sung in top choirs of Latvia for almost 6 years and traveled all around the world. It was fun and great experience to work with all these talented musicians. Choir music plays a big part in my life. Still. Maybe one day I will get back to my roots and mix electronic music with choir music.

From your track, which one is your most favorite song?

I think Love to you. I recorded this track on the second day after I returned in Riga from New York. I was so inspired by the city and life style there. I was hypnotized. And this style and concept is what I really feel right now so there is no doubt that LTY has a big impact in my life.

From all your jobs, which one you like the most, being actor, model, singer or something else?

Music. Always music. But all these professions are very related to each other. I like every experience. Being as a musical actor, being as a model.

What makes Markus Riva become so big right now? How did you get all of those talents?

Well, I have mountains to reach and wouldn’t clime myself as a big. But let’s talk after few years, ha ha. I work a lot. I don’t do weekend or weekdays. I rest when I can, but I have my dream glasses on all the time. So there is no time to wait or rest.

How does it feel for being famous at the young age?

I am 23 and on Oct. 2nd I will be 24. I still feel young and felt young when I was 16 and will fell young at age 40. Fame is not what I am looking for. I love to create, I love the process of making some kind of art. I love to live my dream.

Check out Markus Riva's Official Web @
 http://markusriva.com/ or www.myspace.com/markusriva

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salsa said...

wow. as I told you, everything will return back in time :) keep doing the good thing!

Yoogha1725 said...

Thanks a lot my dearest friend.. You always give the best support for me.. Thanks for everything.. :))

Trakais Putns said...

Lielisks cilvēks ar lielisku pasaules skatījumu!Visu cieņu Markus!