Interview: Seth & Nirva

Jun 13 2016

GRAMMY, Dove and Stellar Award winning artists, husband and wife Seth and Nirva released their long-awaited full-length debut album last month. LTTM caught up with the couple to find out more about the release and their thoughts on worship.

Tell us a little bit about this new album of yours?

SETH: Our new album, entitled “Never Alone,” is a full-length project with Integrity Music releasing on May 27th. It is diverse in its musical styles ranging from gospel, to modern worship, to CCM, with some elements of hip-hop sprinkled in.

It was produced by Bryan Fowler (TobyMac, Aaron Shust) and it features songwriting collaborations with Michael Farren (“Let It Rain”), Mia Fields (“Savior King”), Jacob Sooter, Israel Houghton, TobyMac, Victor Oquendo and BJ Putnam. A major theme that runs through the album is no matter what our circumstances are, we don’t have to fear, because God is with us we are never alone.

Which is your favourite track on the album and why?

SETH: If we’re in a dancing mood probably “Pour It Out”J. If we are wanting more of a devotional atmosphere, we’d probably want to go with “Be With Us.”

If you could work with any songwriter, who would it be and why?

NIRVA: I’d have to say Brooke Fraser. I love her melodies and lyrics. I admire her art and her heart for the Kingdom.

Do you prefer playing live or working in the studio?

SETH: We like elements of both. I love being in the studio because you get to experience songs coming to life, and that is so rewarding. But playing live, you get to connect with the people and see God move in their midst. This is a tough one, but if we had to choose one over the other, we’d probably go with live.

How would you describe your style of music and what are your influences?

SETH: Our style is a mixture of many different genres. But we usually simplify it by saying our sound is “urban contemporary worship.” We’ve been influenced by many different artists over the years. From Lauryn Hill, to Cece Winans, to Brian McKnight, J Moss, Christy Nockels and many more. We’ve also been profoundly impacted by those for whom we have sung background TobyMac, Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, and Chris Tomlin among others. We love so many different types of music, and that manifests itself in our artistry.

How would you define success in your career?

SETH: Our primary aim is to perform as artists from a motivation of pleasing the Father and being faithful stewards of the tasks He has placed before us. By His grace, we hope to avoid the trappings that can accompany the “limelight.” If we can do this, we will have been successful. That being said, we wouldn’t be mad at receiving some radio favor.J

What is your favorite album of all time?

NIRVA: That’s an unfair question! J There are so many good ones. But I’d have to say Hillsong United’s “Live in Miami” a close second is “Thriller” by Michael Jackson.

SETH: “Off the Wall” is better…just saying. But I’d have to go with “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.”

You're stuck on an island, it's hot, you only have enough battery life left to listen to one song on your mp3 player. What track is it?

NIRVA: Yikes! Maybe “Arabesque” by Claude Debussy

SETH: Well, if it’s hot, I’d say “No Woman, No Cry” by Bob Marley… Is anyone coming to get me, or am I left there to die??? J If no one’s coming, I’m gonna need a hymn. Let’s say “Be Thou My Vision” performed by Fernando Ortega.

What does the next year hold for Seth & Nirva?

NIRVA: To be honest, we don’t know exactly. “Never Alone” is about to release, and so we are excited about that. We are really looking forward to getting to travel together, though, and share the songs live. We think they will be encouraging to the Church. So, I would guess we will be living out of our suitcases next year, and we can’t wait!

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