I’ve been waiting for the new album to come out to put this post up, now that the album is live , it’s time for all of you to give Vienna Ditto a listen. This is something I have never heard before so for me that makes it automatically cool. The music remind me a little of a Quentin Soundtrack but it’s more than that. Overall I think Vienna Ditto bring something a little different to our site and that’s a good thing. What a crazy good voice!!!!
Meet : Vienna Ditto
1) For those unfamiliar with your band’s history, can you tell us all how you all met up and decided to start a band?
Well. Nige taught Hatty guitar when she was 11, which she was quite prodigiously good at but didn’t practice all that much. She did, however, sing him a song… How strange that our story should start with ‘Beautiful’ by Christina Aguilera. Anyhow, she was very good, being all of twelve years of age. They lost touch but met- just out in the street- about seven or so years later and Nige says to Hatty “You must be able to sing by now”. Hatty, as it so happened, had been gifted a day at a recording studio by one of her Uncles and gave a copy of the recordings to Nige. He turned what had been a very tame straightforward cover of Ring of Fire into some kind of bleak electronic torch-song and it all took off from there.
2) Who would you list as your musical influences?
20s country gospel firebrand Blind Willie Johnson; Walter Carlos, who did the music for A Clockwork Orange and went on to become Wendy Carlos; Micachu and the Shapes; Cecil Sharpe’s Anthology of Traditional English Folk Song; Black-letter Ballads. Ella Fitzgerald and Muddy Waters, Depeche Mode and every Drag Queen ever.
3) What’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?
Someone did a Vienna Ditto live drinking game. The game involved doing a shot in the inevitable event of any of the following happening:
Any bit of equipment breaks;
Nige falls off the stage;
A member of the band is drunk;
A member of the band bleeds etc.
Nige: We received that backstage at a gig where I’d roly-polied off the stage, so when the gave it to me I had blood running down my face from a minor head wound- Christ knows what the score was that night. That is fairly unusual, to be fair.
4) What are your hopes and dreams as a band for the next few years?
Full time touring. We would also like to have some tea towels made with our various EP and album covers on them. Or maybe some mugs, with our mugs on ‘em.
5) What are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?
Chopped and Screwed – Mica Levi and the London Symphonietta
Sleep Gunner – Plays the Louvin Brothers Songbook Vol. 1
The Roots of Chicha Vol. I and II
Archandroid – Janelle Monae
Alphabet of a revolution – Louis Lingg and the bombs
6) Do you see any real use for social media, or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?
Big ol’ dollop of both. The internet is important it may be the only thing that saves us in the end but social media feels a bit like pretend interactions, and face to face is surely the bestest that’s why people should come to gigs then we get to all have a drink together. In social media’s defense though, it keeps many of us connected so let’s make sure we keep the internet.
7) Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off?
You have to pay attention to an extent because if people are screaming at you to stop maybe you should listen and try something else but at the same time it’s all about expression and interpretation isn’t it so even if someone doesn’t like the music we make at least they’ve had a reaction and know that they’re alive.
8) If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?
New York would be amazing. We also need to play in Paris. And Jamaica would be pretty sweet, while we’re making plans.
9) Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life?
It can save our poor bruised souls!! No, don’t know about that but it is ever so important and live music in particular has an affect on people on a deep, basic level that we don’t even understand so it should be appreciated and protected.
10) Any last thoughts for your fans?
If you keep using the same ingredients, you’re going to keep making the same cake.
listen to the new album: