Saint Laveau Exclusive Interview with Muzique Magazine
How did you come by your stage name?
Ive always been fascinated with the concept of duality. Good vs evil. Light vs dark. My stage name is a combination of the ancient practice of sanctification as mentioned in the Holy Bible. And the voodoo queen Marie Laveau. More interestingly, Marie Laveau wasn’t the evil character that many portray her as. She was a hero of the community in my hometown of New Orleans. History records her as a very giving and charitable woman. A Robinhood of sorts. I like to think these principles best describe my persona.
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
Music always came naturally to me. I started learning at 4 but my passion for the arts really came when I heard David Bowie for the first time. I was a troubled teen. Contemplating Suicide on a regular basis. One night during an attempt to end my own life, David Bowie’s rock n roll Suicide came on my playlist. When Bowie screamed, “you’re not alone!” truly felt it in my heart. Like he was speaking specifically to me. It was then that I knew my purpose was to reach others through my craft.
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
I’ve been a music junkie for as long as I can remember. Influences from all genres. Alice Cooper is by far my greatest inspiration. However, my aesthetic style derives from comic book villains and horror movies. Specifically, a character is known as Sammi Curr from the movie Trick Or Treat.
On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?
Life. I mean… it sucks for the most part. Welcome To Hell was meant to illustrate just how hard everyone’s walk can be. Heartbreak. Betrayal. This world is run by evil and we all share the same experiences. I take that negativity and turn it into something identifiable. Just like my experience with David Bowie. If I can reach someone through song and let them know they are not alone, what a gift.
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
Life is a challenge. I set my goals high so that if I fall short, I land close to my mark. My greatest attribute would be that I haven’t missed a mark yet. I’ve been called a workaholic many times. I strive and struggle till I get it right. As long as I’m alive, I will always get back up and give it my all.
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
That’s a tough one. Considering everything has been done to death. There’s always someone saying “that reminds me of this”. My mind is constantly working overtime for new and fresh ideas. The only way to be original anymore is to just be yourself and not overthink it. I consider what I do original for today’s rock and metal artist. And I’m good at what I do. But it’s hard to compare considering how much more my work stands out above the rest.
What are your plans for the near future?
My spring tour is coming up. Working on my second album and it’s gonna be a killer for sure. We’ve shot some great music videos scheduled to launch soon as well. Be sure to check out my new merch line coming out on the next tour. The website will have all the details.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
Yahweh the one true God almighty and his son Yeshua the Christ. Glory to him for all is his will.
How can fans find you?
Check out the website at SaintLaveau.com Or find me on my socials or whatever music platform you prefer.
What suggestions do you have for other artist like yourself?
Be not conformed to this world. Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.