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Livan rebounds from addiction to make solo debut


The list of rockers with unhealthy vices is a long one, and so is the tally of those who died as a result of their addictions.

London-based singer/songwriter Livan makes no bones about being a recovering drug addict, and he says it’s so much better “to be one of them and not six feet under.”

“At the end of the day, all I did was stop doing what I shouldn’t have been doing in the first place,” he says. “If you want to be a professional in this business, you have to deliver and you can’t if you’re off your head.”

Livan’s focus on music the past few years has resulted in Happy Returns (Pumpkin Music), his recently released full-length solo debut.

“Musically, there’s a lot in there, from Bauhaus to The Cure and from Iggy Pop to New Model Army,” he explains. “Lyrically, its all my baggage spilled out with [satire] and sarcasm and with a dose of political incorrectness!

“Some of the songs, like ‘Kiss and Tell,’ which is about a working girl that used to work the street in front of my house in London, are inspired by human stories. Other songs, like ‘Happy Returns,’ are my statements on how I see the world at the particular moment when I write the song.”

Look for Livan on the road in the United States next spring, and he expects to release new music in 2010 as well.

— By Chris M. Junior