Olivia Schroeder, who uses her middle name Grace to perform as Olivia Grace, is as unique, compelling, and highly seasoned a singer/songwriter as one will ever hope to discover at such a young age, who is unparalleled as a vocalist in Chicago, or anywhere else for that matter, and whose use of her voice to turn a phrase lyrically and tell a story is excitingly spellbinding. Grace brings her brand of indie pop/alternative pop to The Study Chicago, 1837 West Fulton Street, Chicago, IL 60612, this Saturday, as part of the Hooligan Magazine Two Year Art Collective Celebration. There is a $5 suggested donation at the door with festivities scheduled from 6:00pm to 11:30pm. Olivia Grace is scheduled to perform a twenty-minute set beginning at 7:00pm. All of Grace’s live performances are ‘do not miss’.
“I was singing around the house when I was really, really little, but I got my first keyboard when I was about eight years old as a gift from my parents,” says Grace. “I just started learning songs and then I started writing my own songs. I had always loved writing stories, actually, I had journals of short stories, fiction, and I guess the two just kind of came together and just stuck with me.”
Grace is supporting her debut three-song EP entitled, “Heart Shaped Bruises“, released independently on February 10th, 2016. Her EP contains three hip songs, “Heart Shaped Bruises“, “Climbing Over“, and “The Motel” that demand attention. As her biography reveals, the quirky indie pop singer/songwriter tells tales with a playful approach to the madness. “Heart Shaped Bruises” is the combination of swirling keyboard synthesizers, percussion that packs a punch, and unexpected tempo changes that smoothly, yet dramatically transition into cinematic, climaxing choruses.
“It’s kind of weird I guess,” explains Grace. “When I write music, I really like writing words that I want to use in a song. So I’ll make a list of words that I like, such as ‘bubblegum balls’. I want to use something that is fun. I think with, “Heart Shaped Bruises“, it just has a lot of imagery in it. When I was writing it, I really wanted to write a song that was fun and has movement. I think the whole record, I really just wanted it to have movement to it. Fun, upbeat, yet at the same time is very nostalgic, I guess, kind of like a simmering of sadness to it. So I wanted to have something that has a lot of movement to it, a lot of imagery, and I was kind of more inspired by the lyrics.”
“Climbing Over” [Grace laughs] It’s funny how I was just trying to write something that didn’t sound like me,” states Grace. “I don’t even remember who I was listening to but I was like yeah, I wanna write something different. And, it ended up not quite going that way. And, it kind of started out like a joke but then I ended up really liking the song. And, I was probably trying to write something that I really didn’t have, like, ‘oh, I’m gonna write about sex’. It’s a fun song and it ended up being like a love song. It’s more sad. So that is actually how it came about. It came about by goofing around. And, I ended up really liking the song a lot.”
“They all have kind of their own stories,” Grace describes. “I mean, “The Motel“, I didn’t really know what it was going to be about and then I kind of, as I was writing just for thoughts here in my head, I realized that I wanted it to be kind of a modern day tale of Adam and Eve. A story of cheating, of love, and maybe people would not get that of my love story but that was kind of the inspiration for me in the chorus and framing the whole song.”
“For me, I really like this record,” Grace says. “I think my songs are really emotional and they have a lot of metaphors in them and I feel like it leaves it open for the audience and people listening to interpret them how they connect with them. For me, I just want to leave people feeling something…leave them with something to think about.”
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Saturday, February 27th, 2016
Hooligan Magazine presents
Cabrona, J. Failure, Kaina Castillo, Entity, Siren, 26 Bats!, Whatever, Jillian Powers, Olivia Tsotsos, Maxine Crump, Jamie Neely, Kathryn Scarim, Alex Lukawski, Kathleen Mentzer, Lora Mathis, Ace Da Vinci with Horns, Ash McCord, Anna Bruner, Dana Wierzbicki, Stepkids, Dumpster tapes, The Haunted, Noel Mercado, Where Are You Press, Tim Curley and Cassie Surdyk, Sammi Kawalex and Andy Eclov, Sobotka Literary Magazine
The Study Chicago
1837 West Fulton Street
Chicago, IL 60612
Event: 6:00pm to 11:30pm
Suggested $5 donation at the door.