Photography by Anna Tiessen
Berlin based singer and songwriter RIIVA, like many, already loved music in her childhood. All children are naturally attuned to sound and rhythm. You know it from your circle of friends and acquaintances, as soon you hit “play”, the kids respond with smiling, jumping and laughing and perhaps even clapping their hands.
Also RIIVA locked herself in her room to read through all her album booklets and jumping on her sisters trampoline to Britney’s, JLo’s or Blue’s hits. Meanwhile she has grown up, took guitar, piano and singing lessons, got a degree as a singing teacher, started her music and songwriting studies at Popakademie in Mannheim and released her first EP in 2020. Her songs are intimate, and exploring personal experiences, self-confidence, power, sexuality and the ups and downs of life and she lets you be a part of the sensual self healing she’s been through. RIIVA’s new song “Pity Party” celebrates femme excellence and also questions outdated role models. And it shifts and morphs across music-genres, as colorful as life itself.
Official video for “Pity Party”
RIIVA details her new track: “Before I wrote Pity Party, there was a situation where someone thought he had a bigger impact on me and my life than he actually had. For me it was just a short fling and he immediately assumed I wanted more than fun and so he acted really weird and when he realized that, he came to apologize 2 years later, which was nice but I actually had never thought of our short encounter again. It’s not like I had cried for two years or like my heart was broken. I don’t like it when someone imposes a role on me. Just because I’m a woman I don’t fall in love with some random attractive guy who smiles at me once. As a woman I’m also happy to outlive my sexuality in the way I like. It’s not just black and white, there are not just men who don’t wanna commit to anything and women who want to get married one day. There are so many possibilities in between.“