I had the please of conducting an email interview with the vocalist and guitarist from VAYA today. This three-piece Canadian rock group offers “psychedelic guitar vibes”, alongside excellent vocals and percussion. In our exchange, we talked about the band’s influences, their views on music streaming services and their sound…which is delightfully different.
1) What are your biggest musical influences?
VAYA: Hello, Dears. Well I am born and have grown in an eclectic way of listen to music: classical, rock, blues, psychedelic and more. So I will say, depending of the waves. But today I will say Jim Morrison and classical music.
Phil: I don’t know, I have a lot of musical influences, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Hard-Rock, Heavy Metal, Country and Pop Music too!
2) Do you listen to any band or genre that would surprise your fans if they found out?
Phil: I don’t think so, lol!
3) What’s next for the band?
VAYA: A lovely second album in process
Phil: Next, we’re going back to Canada on tour on April and we’ll make a few records I think. Then on July we’re going on tour to The US and on November, we’re going on tour to Brazil or somewhere else in South America
4) How do you think streaming services like Spotify and Pandora have changed how bands release music? Has it made it easier or more difficult?
Phil: I think it’s a good point, so we can check out what other people do, and it might brings [sic] good ideas!
VAYA: I would say it’s depending of band’s goals. Use it if is useful for the way of distributing your vibrations.
5) Do you have any non-musical influences that show up in your music?
VAYA: Actual pop music
Phil: No I never use music I don’t like in my game!
6) Can you describe your sound?
VAYA: really mystical, authentic, deep, roaw!
Phil: I play on a Fender Stratocaster Custom Shop USA and I use different effects like gain distortion, wah wah pedal, Chorus Vintage, Delay, Flanger or just the sound clean sometimes.
7) What are you listening to lately? Anything you would recommend?
Phil: Lately I’ve been listening to a few Joe Satriani songs, who’s one of my biggest guitar hero and to “Yellow Jacket” with Robben Ford on the guitar who’s a very great guitar player too!
VAYA: Se Lenn
8) What made you decide to “get into” music and start a band?
VAYA: Feeling full of life and sharing it as dancing around the fire on the sound of God
Phil: When I was a child, I once saw my neighbours [sic] playing the guitar in their room, so that’s when I started learning the guitar and later when I had a good level, I started playing with other musicians.
9) How does your writing process work, do you all collaborate on the lyrics or is that job reserved for just one person?
VAYA: For the moment I am VAYA’s feather. But who knows? Someone can share that role with me. Process? Listen to everything around and trying to translate it as better as can through words and vibrations. It is all about energy, you know?
Phil: Usually it’s Vaya who writes the songs and the lyrics but sometime ago, I brought one of my original songs and she added some lyrics.
10) If you had to pick just one, which album would be your favorite?
Phil: It would be the album called “Pornograffitti” by the great band called “Extreme” I really love them and I’m so much inspired by their guitar player!!!!
VAYA: Cristal ship, The Doors
11) Are there any bands you would desperately love to tour with someday?
Phil: Yeah I’d dream, lol to tour with “Extreme” “Iron Maiden” “Joe Satriani” and “Steve Vai”
VAYA: Jack White for sure!
12) What are your thoughts about bands releasing more singles, rather than following a traditional route and just releasing albums?
Phil: Oh I really don’t know! Maybe they wanna try to produce a song and see if it works or not! Maybe they prefer recording songs one by one to improve their music!
VAYA: That’s their own way. We are all different. If they are feeling comfortable with. Is there written anywhere rules of “how to share music”? Feel free to be who you are respecting the others.
So by the way, thank you for the 12 questions, I like the 12 😉