Rising British singer-songwriter Olivia Deane has released the brand new female power anthem “Cynic Queen” & has kindly taken the time to speak with Fierce & Fabulous Revolution about her latest track.
Hey Olivia, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Can you start by telling us a little bit about yourself?
Olivia: I’m Olivia Deane, Im 23 years old and I’m a Singer-Songwriter from Manchester UK.
When did you first discover your passion for music?
Olivia: I was very young. I started writing my own songs at 8/9 years old it just seemed so instinctive to me. Some kids would write in a diary and I would write songs.
Have you always known that music was a career that you wanted to pursue?
Olivia: I didn’t actually. I’ve always written songs for my own enjoyment without the intention of people ever hearing them apart from my mum. When I was 19 I decided to teach myself the ukulele for fun to write more songs with. After 6 months of getting pretty good on the ukulele I plucked up the courage to enter Open Mic UK where I sang for the first time in front of other people with my original songs. I made it to the grand final of the competition and won two best original song trophies so it really gave me the confidence to pursue music and share my songs with the world.
How would you describe your musical style to someone unfamiliar with your work?
Olivia: I would say female empowering pop music with a sprinkle of country.
You are about to release your brand new single “Cynic Queen”. How did the inspiration to create this song come together?
Olivia: This song was inspired by boys who lie & cheat. I’ve had plenty of experience with them haha so I wrote this song to kind of get everything I was feeling at the time off my chest. It also has an empowering message for women that it’s ok take a break from dating and relationships. It’s better to be single than in one where you are disrespected.
What was the main inspiration behind this song?
Olivia: I suppose a feeling that I wasn’t going to put up with certain things in relationships anymore. From all relationships come great lessons and when I wrote this song it’s like I finally realised exactly what I want and what I don’t want. You know the saying “until the lesson is learnt the lesson will repeat itself”.
What does the song personally mean to you?
Olivia: To me it is a female empowerment song and every time I listen to it makes me feel a little bit bad ass.
What are some of the things you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Olivia: I’m a bit of a geek really, I love to read. I’m not a fan of fiction. I like to read autobiographies or books about things I want to learn more about. My most recent reads have been Dolly Parton’s Autobiography & Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies. But if it’s a Friday or a Saturday you will probably find me out dancing somewhere in Manchester (when we are not in Coronavirus lockdown!).
If you could perform a duet with anyone in the world, who would you choose & why?
Olivia: Billy Joel. I love him.
What was the last album you listened to & did you enjoy it?
Olivia: Last album I listened to was Taylor Swift’s Lover Album. There’s not a single song that I don’t love on the album. I Forgot That You Existed has to be my favourite, it’s just such a fun song! & False God is one of my favourites too.
What was the last TV series you binge-watched & did you enjoy it?
Olivia: It was actually The Innocence Files. If you haven’t watched it you need to. Imagine being locked up all those years of your life when you didn’t even commit a crime! It moved me to tears so many times.
If you could appear on any TV show, what would it be & why?
Olivia: Riverdale as Betty & Veronica’s new partner in crime!
Finally, is there anything you would like to say to the readers of Fierce & Fabulous Revolution?
Olivia: Always know your worth & never lower your standards for anyone.
You can check out “Cynic Queen” on Spotify below.