I had a chance to email with a young rock band over the weekend called Vital Noise. They are a “hard rock” group, in their words, however, their sounds seems to sway a little from that cut and dry label, which they even admitted to in the interview. No matter how you want to label their music, it is fun and heavy.
Our discussion touched on the band’s future (which includes recording music!) and their thoughts on streaming services. You can follow them on Facebook, Twitter (@VitalNoiseBand) and Instagram @vitalnoise.
You can listen to their music on YouTube and Spotify.
- What are your biggest musical influences?
There are so many artists that way draw influence from. In terms of the style of music we play, we are extremely influenced by bands like Bring Me the Horizon, Slipknot, and Alter Bridge. In general though, we draw influences from artists all the way from pop through metal.
- Do you listen to any band or genre that would surprise your fans if they found out?
A few of us are really into Post Malone. We love to vibe out to his music from time to time.
- What’s next for the band?
We are currently writing new music and are planning to get into the studio to record it over the summer. We are also trying to play as many shows as possible.
- How do you think streaming services like Spotify and Pandora have changed how bands release music? Has it made it easier or more difficult?
Streaming services have drastically changed how bands release music. From an overall publicity standpoint, we think that streaming services are awesome because it allows somebody to have the ability to listen to our music whenever they want, as many times as they want, and it helps give us more exposure for the long run. From a monetary perspective though, it is definitely a more difficult to make nearly the same amount of money than we could charge if we just sell hard copy CDs at our shows.
- Do you have any non-musical influences that show up in your music?
We are influenced by many different events that we hear about through the news and through social media, many of these themes show up in our music.
- Can you describe your sound?
We are a hard rock band. Musically, we would be considered post-hardcore/ metalcore, but we tend to draw a lot more on melody then other bands in our genre.
- What are you listening to lately? Anything you would recommend?
We’ve been listening to Bring Me the Horizon’s new album “Amo” a lot and would definitely recommend it.
- What made you decide to “get into” music and start a band?
All of us started playing our individual instruments at a very young age. Andrew (our singer and guitarist) and Preston (our bassist) are both brothers and decided to start a formal band after years of jamming in each other’s bedrooms. We later met our drummer Reid, and we’ve been going strong ever since!
- How does your writing process work, do you all collaborate on the lyrics or is that job reserved for just one person?
In terms of the music, we all come up with ideas. Usually ideas come up while we’re just jamming together, or somebody will bring in something they’ve come up with and we’ll expand upon it. In terms of the lyrics, our singer Andrew is the primary lyricist, but Preston, our bassist, definitely helps contribute as well.
- If you had to pick just one, which album would be your favorite?
Blackbird by Alter Bridge.
- Are there any bands you would desperately love to tour with someday?
It would be amazing to tour with Bring Me The Horizon, Asking Alexandria, Slipknot, Alter Bridge, Avenged Sevenfold, Metallica, and Fever 333.
- What are your thoughts about bands releasing more singles, rather than following a traditional route and just releasing albums?
We think it’s a good idea, it allows bands to release content more quickly and give their fans more new music, instead of making them wait a long time for the album to come out. However, we still love it when bands release new albums.