Sticks & Stones Shitty Interview No.142

On Friday rising artist Riovaz released his instantly catchy new single ‘U Neva’. Frenetic and propulsive, the dance-floor anthem showcases the acclaimed newcomer’s penchant for employing minimalist production and eclectic soundscapes to craft hypnotic melodies.

Soulful yet heart-wrenching, the trance-inflected anthem explores manipulation and loveless romance. “She’s never felt something so wonderful, I let her think we’re in love,” he croons over a bouncy beat and subdued synths. “Complaining so much, I can’t hear what she’s saying again — and she turns and she says, ‘U neva, u neva, u neva cared at all.’” Both lively and tinged with loathing, ‘U Neva’ is a bittersweet banger for the ages.

Riovaz will look to deepen the connection with his burgeoning fan base in February. His 11-date “RIORAVE” US headlining tour will kick off to a SOLD-OUT show in Los Angeles on February 2, 2023, and snake through several cities including New York, and Chicago which are also sold out, before heading overseas in March (tour dates below).

In meantime, please enjoy Sticks & Stones SHitty Interview No.142 with Riovaz.


02/02/23 The Echo  Los Angeles, CA SOLD OUT
02/10/23 Warehouse Live  Houston, TX
02/11/23 Club Dada  Dallas, TX
02/17/23 The Abbey  Orlando, FL
02/18/23 Aisle 5   Atlanta, GA
02/23/23 Baby’s All Right  Brooklyn, NY SOLD OUT
02/25/23 Subterranean   Chicago, IL
03/01/23 Frannz Club  Berlin, Germany
03/02/23 Yuca   Cologne, Germany
03/04/23 Melkweg  Amsterdam, Netherlands
03/06/23 Volta   Brussels, Belgium
03/07/23 Les Etoiles  Paris, France
03/09/23 Camden Assembly London, United Kingdom

Sticks & Stones: What’s underrated?
Riovaz: Me.

Sticks & Stones: What will your tombstone read?
Riovaz: The Queen is DEAD.

Sticks & Stones: What have you given up on?
Riovaz: People…

Sticks & Stones: Any new skills?
Riovaz: The ability to socialize.

Sticks & Stones: What’s your TV show?
Riovaz: South Park for SURE.

Sticks & Stones: What plant can you relate to & why?
Riovaz: Venus fly trap because I’d probably wanna kill shit too.

Sticks & Stones: What cartoon character do you want to meet?
Riovaz: Pip from Smiling Friends.

Sticks & Stones: What conspiracy do you believe in?
Riovaz: That the world ended in 2012.

Sticks & Stones: Draw a moment when you realized you fucked up?
Riovaz: See illustation.

Sticks & Stones: Give us some shitty advice 
Riovaz: Get a mullet & make dance music.



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