FEATURED ARTIST FRIDAY: Lexy Galvis
Lexy Galvis is a visual artist with a focus in the music industry. She specializes in video editing and post-production, but does everything from photography to videography, graphic design, 3d modeling, and other digital mediums. Her passion lies in film within the music industry, and she loves to conceptualize music. She is also really passionate about dance and loves to explore the world of flow arts and meditative movement.
What inspires you?
Music pretty much inspires everything I do. I work in the photography and film industry, but music is my biggest inspiration. When I hear a song that deeply resonates with me, it inspires me to create. People also really inspire me. Specifically, people I know who are going after the things they want. I love to see people around me pursuing their dreams.
Who are your role models?
I would have to say my mother and grandmother are probably my two biggest role models. Neither of them pursued careers in the arts, but they are some of the most inspiring women I know. My grandma came to America from Bogota, Colombia and practically raised three children on her own, and then helped my mom raise me. They both worked extremely hard to give me the best life possible and they did it as independent women, and to me, that’s really inspiring. Throughout the 18 years I lived with them, they showed me love, strong work ethic, and the importance of being independent, and that is something I will always be grateful for.
Who is your favorite artist current and past? Why?
My taste in art is always evolving and I like a lot of artists in different areas within the arts, so I’m just going to mention a few that I really admire at the moment. One of my favorite music artists at the moment is Darius. He’s a producer from France and he makes really pretty, melodic music. I also really admire him because he’s not only a really great producer, but a really good DJ as well. DJing is an art in itself, and I love when producers can throw down a really diverse but cohesive set. As for film, my favorite thing to do is make music videos, and recently I’ve been really into Tommy Cash’s music videos. His style is so weird and aesthetically pleasing and evokes a lot of emotion when you watch his videos. Finally, I want to mention this artist who goes by BrokenIsntBad. She does a lot of black and white line work, and I love her aesthetic because it’s simple yet really captivating. She also focuses a lot on romantic relationships and self-love, and I admire that she has a story behind a lot of her work.
If you could ask anyone one question, who would it be and what is it?
I would maybe ask Lorin Ashton (Bassnectar) how he feels about touching so many lives and facilitating such a large community, and if he feels as though he’s accomplished his life goals. Bassnectar is really special because it’s not just an artist or a music project. It’s a community of people, music, and art, and the fact that one individual facilitated something like that and touched so many people is really incredible to me, and I’d like to know his perspective on it.
What is your favorite thing that you’ve done/created?
It’s difficult to choose, but I feel that this piece really highlights my style. It’s a found footage self-portrait music video I edited.
What are some other artists that inspire you? As well as what are some things that happen during the day that inspire you?
Some other artists that inspire me are actually some of the people that I see on a regular basis. They’re people within the music industry that have worked really hard and are constantly working towards their goals. My coworkers here at GLC are some of the most inspirational people. My friends over at GoodSex inspire me. And pretty much most people I cross paths with in this industry. Chicago is a big city, but the music community is tight-knit and extremely supportive.
What is your creative process?
I tackle so many different things creatively, but when it comes to making music videos or edits, I often hear a song and can instantly visualize an idea. If I visualize a concept that I want to run with, I start thinking of how I can accomplish that, and along the way, I often discover new ideas or reach a state of flow where I just roll with what feels good. I feel as though my creative process can be really intuitive. It’s all about a feeling. At the end of the day, I just want to evoke emotion in people.
What is your favorite medium to use?
I really love editing and post-production in general. I absolutely love editing to music and creating little visuals to music even if it’s just for 10 seconds.
What is something that makes you stand out as an artist?
I’ve been told that I have a really unique way of interpreting sound, and I think that’s definitely evident in a lot of my work. Certain sounds determine my editing decisions, and I think that’s what makes my work stand out.
What’s your current favorite show (tv/netflix/etc…) worth binging?
I actually haven’t been watching too much TV recently. I spend so much time in front of a computer that when it comes to my free time, I would rather move whether it be working out or dancing. I like dancing because I can be really present and because of that, it’s really meditative for me.
What is something you cannot leave home without (besides keys, phone, wallet)?
My headphones! I need access to music on me at all times.
-What is your proudest moment so far?
My proudest moment is honestly happening right now as I watch the hard work of almost 4 years unfold. I got my first internship as a freshman in college, and since then, I’ve worked really hard to get into this industry. I’m now at the point where I’m truly pursuing exactly what I want to do, people are approaching me and putting their faith in me, and giving me creative freedom. I have so much more room to grow, but I am where I’m supposed to be, and I’m really proud of where that is.
What is a quote or phrase that you try to live by? Why?
This isn’t necessarily a quote, but I really believe in The Law of Attraction. I’ve heard that this is the most powerful law in the universe, and I believe that. I try my best to put out the energy I want to receive. I think it’s incredibly important to consider what you want in life, and to put that out into the universe. If you want to be surrounded by love, positivity, and creativity, then you need to practice love, think positively, and actively create.
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