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INTERVIEW: The Von

How would you classify your music?

We classify our music as Visionary Rock. Visionary because of our personal beliefs, beliefs rooted in new age spiritual philosophy

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

We all have very different backgrounds, Marek is from Czech Republic, Elisa from New Jersey and me from Venezuela. We all have bands that one way or another influenced the way we play or simply influenced us to pick up the instrument we now play, that unconsciously may affect the the way be sound as a band, but we definitely do not try to sound like anyone else. Marek and I have a certain coincidental past love for extreme Metal. I  sometimes still listen to some of that here and there but you won’t find any Morbid Angel or Deicide traces in what we do as The Von.

What do you want fans to take from your music?

The songs we make have meanings for us, but ultimately is what each person takes away from a song that makes it that one person’s unique experience. We want people to enjoy what we do as much as we do creating it and performing it . For us our music the soundtrack of our lives , we hope it also can become the same to others.

Can you tell us a bit about your latest album? When will it be released and how does it differ from your previous work?

Ei8ht was release on November 20th  of last year and is our official debut album. Ei8ht is loaded with symbolism from the cover art ,  to the overall message in the album to the number of songs in the album. Is all really a concept without being a cliche concept album. Ei8ht carries a positive message/ philosophy that we live by.

What do you love and hate about the Music Business?

Well the music business is what it is, any business has pros and cons, i don’t think is much different than other type of industry. It is simply over glamorized and people have misperceptions of it.

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

I can only speak for myself in this one. Best concert i have ever attended was Pink Floyd back in 1996 during the Division Bell Tour. I saw them 2 nights in a row when they played at the Georgia Tech football stadium.

Nothing has ever topped that show in my book.

Is there a song on this latest CD that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?

It would have to be Let It Out , a profound song. We are  also believers of ancient indigenous medicine practices and participate in them often. This song truly represents the spirit of the band.

How have you evolved as an artist over the last few years?

Since Elisa joined The Von we have made a leap forward, we are really happy in the direction we are going as a band as people, as a team. This is  the reason why we produced and finished a new EP..  even though the debut album was released this past November.

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, get drunk with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?

Writing a song with Paul Mccartney or Sting.  These men are master songwriters.

So tell us what’s next?    

We have our road to SXSW tour in March and summer & fall tours in the horizon to promote our debut album , also we are planning Europe and select countries in South America for next year.

We also plan to release the new EP later this year.

MUSIC VIDEO

THE VON – Cry Of War

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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