Mid week and it’s time for some rock ‘n’ roll. Vita & The Vicious are bringing the fun back , you can tell that the Band is having a blast and that’s about as good as it gets, loving what you do and what you’re putting out for others to dig. I’m picking up on some serious Blondie and Vita seems to bring the attitude as well . Make sure you give a listen to the Interview they did on BBC Radio, the end of it has the new song “All The Morning After” . Give a listen to Vita & the Vicious today…..
Hi our name is….
Vita & the Vicious
Our sound is……
… what our producer, Tom Wilcox, calls Post Synthetic – a blend of filthy guitars, eerie synth and catchy pop/rock
Vita Ross – vocals
Jamie Moore – drums
Matt Young – bass
Andy ‘the man’ Manning – guitar
Matt ‘Maff’ Fowler – guitar
Florence Sabeva – keyboards
We are from…….
London (via various places including Belgium and Newcastle)
Who are some that have an influence on you
Juliette and the Licks
How old were all of you when you started to play and who plays what in the band
Vita Ross – vocals – started singing at 6 years old
Jamie Moore – drums
Matt Young – bass – 16 bass but he played piano from 7
Andy ‘the man’ Manning – guitar 16
Matt ‘Maff’ Fowler – guitar – 9 years old guitar (he also plays saxophone)
Florence Sabeva – keyboards 4 years old when I started to play piano and violin at 9
Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the way through getting the songs out
Vita writes most of the songs with lyricist Louisa Scott and other collaborators. Usually Louisa sends a few lyric idea to Vita, who comes up with a melodies and then the two of them spend a day working with one of their colleagues (- most often Keith James Godman but also producers Tom Wilcox or Chris Youd) to get the songs into decent shape, often doing a basic arrangement in Logic so that the band has something solid to then take into rehearsal and make our own. We tend to gig the songs for a while at this stage, so we can really start to know them in our bones. Tom Wilcox and/or Chris Youd, our producers, then come to rehearsal and refine arrangement, keeping things true to our sound. Obviously when we get into the studio things change a bit – that’s where the genius ideas often occur.
What are some of the challenges you face as musicians and how have you overcome those challenges
Our biggest challenge as a band is time. There are six of us. Although this is our priority in life, we all have other commitments – partners, other projects and so on. We have an online band diary so we know when everyone is free to rehearse, etc, but sometimes we’ll be offered a really great radio show or something and by the time we’ve checked if a couple of band members can reschedule prior commitments the opportunity is lost. That is absolutely devastating. We do our best to be as flexible and available as possible though.
1st rock concert you went to and age….
Matt Young – Pink Floyd age 17
Maff Fowler – Biffy Cyro age 17
Andy Manning – McFly age 13
Vita Ross – Green Day age 18
Florence Sabeva – Radiohead age 17
Jamie Moore – Paul Weller age 12
Coolest band t-shirt you ever bought…
Matt Young – to my (slight) shame, I collected the set of Frankie Goes to Hollywood t-shirts when I was a kid
Maff Fowler – my Rolling Stones shirt
Vita Ross – I have so many but I love my Amy Winehouse t-shirt with a dove on it. I saw her at Northumbria University the year she released Back to Black.
Florence Sabeva – I don’t really wear band t-shirts
The most insane concert you ever went to or were a part of….
We played Guilfest last year – awesome festival – but a guy in a full tiger suit danced at the front the entire time. He had a collar and lead and a woman who could easily have been his mother was holding the other end of it. It was hilarious, but a tad distracting.
If you could open for any Band right now who would that be and why?
Vampire Weekend. They are genre-busting and so damn creative. They just make such brilliant music and don’t care about fitting into a particular style. Also, we’ve seen them and they completely rock.
If not them, it would be Depeche Mode, who put on an awesome live show
My youngest son is 13 and in a Band, what advice would you offer him…?
Listen, learn, be willing to explore, have patience… and most importantly have a blast! (Matt Young)
Practice, practice, practice. Go to as many gigs as you can. (Maff)
Broaden your taste and style in music. Take as much advice as you can. Play as many shows as you can. (Andy)
Never give up pursuing what you love! Passion and dedication are easy if you truly want to be a musician. Absorb as much as you can from your idols. (Jamie)
Your thoughts on the state of rock ‘n’ roll in 2015…..
Rock ’n’ roll is still going strong and it always will be. Go to any small or medium sized live music venue in any city over a couple of nights and you’ll see some amazing bands. The trouble is that the way the industry works (at least in the UK) these days, a lot of those amazing bands have trouble finding their audience. Social media has helped make this an easier, more democratic process, but it’s so time consuming to break through that way and without boundless hours or the support of management, a lot of great bands end up quitting. It would be really nice if the the industry side of music across the world could rely a little less on TV tie-ins as ways of launching new artists, and get out there listening and looking for great new music.
Our plans for the rest of 2015…..
We’ll be making our album and gigging lots!