Canadian Singer, Olivia Lunny, is no stranger to the limelight and continues to embody her highest self through her bold, feminine expression of power throughout her artistry. In celebration of the breakup anthem of quarantine, I caught up with Olivia for a great chat about “Think Of Me”, spending time in the kitchen over quarantine, the importance of taking time to tune into yourself and meditate and more.
Congrats on the recent release of your new single, “Think Of Me”. It seems like you have gone through some soul-searching that has led you to some clarity. Tell us the message that you intended to portray throughout this release.
Thank you! and I have indeed. I’m really excited that through writing this song, and the ones that will follow, I have really gotten a sense of my sound and identity as an artist. I’m grateful for this and can’t wait to share my experiences and narrate my story as I begin sharing it with the world. “Think of Me” is a great introduction to my new sound as it showcases bits and pieces of what’s to come!
I know that the Coronavirus has been really impactful on all, yet tell us the lowdown on how you have been utilizing all of your time in quarantine.
I’ve been spending lots of time in the kitchen, I recently rediscovered my love for listening to vinyl again, I’ve also taken up stretching and meditation frequently. As chaotic and scary this time has been in the world, I think it’s been a necessary reset for everyone. I’ve also written a few songs in quarantine. It’s a very strange time in the world but i’m grateful for my health and to music for helping me navigate my way through it.
Showcasing the human in you, what is a challenging thought that you recently had and were able to overcome over time?
Great question. Being a future oriented person I tend to think very far ahead and this can lead me to asking myself the uncertain question of “what’s next..?”. Being forced to slow down and take time at home has taught me to live more in the present and trust that being fully present will result in being more productive and content! The future is unknown but embracing that as something that is exciting is the best thing one can do.
What is your perception of the digital world that we live in and social media culture?
A blessing and a curse. I think it’s incredible we all have the ability to reach such varied audiences and connect with others through social media. I think it’s also negative however, that everyone is constantly (whether they’re aware of it or not) comparing their lives to others. Something I’ve found amazing is creating my feed on instagram a positive space to come and be inspired through. I follow lots of health and wellness pages now, daily quote accounts etc, social media can be as wonderful or as horrific as you create it to be… I think it’s so important we all chose to use social media in a healthy and smart way.
No career path or amount of followers negates the fact that you are a human being that has feelings. Tell us about some parts of you beyond being a musician that you take pride in.
I love movement, whether that’s running, stretching, taking intense workout classes or doing yoga. For me Mental wellness is just as, if not more, important than physical health. Fitness gives me clarity and makes me feel balanced mentally and physically.
If you could sit down and have a conversation with someone who has guided you through your journey as an artist, who would you choose and why?
My brother (who is now also my manager). Along with helping me navigate this crazy industry of music, he has always been someone I look to for inspiration. He approaches life with the “nothing is impossible” mindset and seeing him apply that and have success in his own career has really motivated me to pursue the things I want in life. He has also taught me to have an abundance mentality and my perspective and outlook on the world has been much more positive since understanding that.
Are there any fun or new recipes that you’ve tried cooking up during quarantine?!
I’ve been really into trying 4-5 ingredient healthy baking recipes! I’ve made lots of cookies, pancakes and muffins so far!
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
Stay safe, stay healthy, the world isn’t on hold it’s happening as we speak! Do something that makes you happy today and everyday.