Solillaquists' DiVinci infuses tech into Ms. Lauryn Hill’s live show
DiVinci discusses his creative collaborations and close friendship with the mother of hip-hop invention
Published: August 13, 2014
“I saw what she needed and what she was asking for all the time,” DiVinci says. “And one of my things is I love to problem-solve. I’ve always wanted to be an inventor, and she’s very inventive herself. She’s all about using new technologies to achieve what she wants creatively. And I’m exactly that person. I love that.”
He’s since traveled with Hill extensively, spent holidays with her family (her youngest child, Micah, was born days before the two met and knows him as O’Vinci) and spoken at length in person and via text about personal philosophies and tackling life’s challenges.
“She and I hit it off, not just on a creative level, but on a personal level and have since become really close friends,” DiVinci says. “She not only liked my technical savvy, but she loved my attitude.”
This week, DiVinci’s worlds collide as Solillaquists of Sound open for Ms. Lauryn Hill at House of Blues. DiVinci credits his Solillaquist family for helping him develop into a musician confident in his abilities that are frequently inspired by the unique talents of his collaborators.
“I learned how to deal with leaders and how to be a leader myself amongst other leaders with Solillaquists, and I think that’s what made me and Ms. Hill hit it off,” DiVinci says. “You’d be surprised – or maybe not – of how many people do become timid around her and kind of take themselves out of the equation. She needs you to be present.”
This is Hill’s first tour without DiVinci since they met, but he’s been on call to consult with her band along the way. You’ll notice during his set with Solillaquists that he lumped his laptop into his own band’s live performance, so while Hill’s band benefited from his technical artistry, working with them enhanced his sonic arsenal as well.
“I always like reinventing what I use and how I use it,” DiVinci says. It’s likely that’s his X-factor.
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