Australia-based and Croatia-born ŽIVA Blends Slavic Heritage with Modern Sounds

Daniela Rogulj

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Lucija is already known in the music world as the frontwoman of one of the most successful Croatian rock bands Punčke. After relocating to Australia, the new project was born in her new home of Melbourne during the longest pandemic lockdown, and it went through many iterations to be finally set as ŽIVA.

Building upon her heritage from the Croatian region of Slavonija, ŽIVA aims to blend modern sounds with the ones reflecting her hometown Vinkovci and the culture she grew up with, while the name itself translates as “being alive” and is an homage to the Slavic goddess of life.

As ŽIVA, Lucija channels her experiences and self-expression through a very different sonic realm to what could be heard in her previous band Punčke. Equipped with only a small audio interface, microphone, and laptop, ŽIVA embodies stepping out of the comfort zone and continues to push the boundaries by combining elements of Slavic-pop, trip-hop, alternative R&B, darkwave, and electronic music.

Although quite different from Punčke, energetic performance and dark, honest lyricism is still present in abundance. As Lucija says herself about her new music as ŽIVA: “Power is the intro to my journey of self-discovery, identity rebirth, and getting to know self-love.”


Photo by Jess Brohier

“Power” was written, produced, and recorded in Lucija’s Melbourne home studio in September 2021 with the constant support of Anja Tkalec, Punčke bass player, and an emerging sound producer. Mixing was done by John Foyle, a renowned London-based electronic music producer who worked with artists such as Ibeyi, while mastering was signed by Dajman Blažun, a Croatian-born producer residing in Berlin. The lyric video was done by Martin Peranović.

The new song is also announcing an upcoming EP set to be released next year. “Power” is self-released through the label Cereal Booking and available on all streaming platforms.

For more information, follow ŽIVA on Instagram / Facebook 

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