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INTERVIEW: Voldo Blanka

Hi Voldo, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Some days you’re the right side of the coin but the wrong side of the bed.  Today ain’t that, and that’s alright with me.  So… damn fine.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single Go Your Way?

I feel like I’ve been waiting to put this song out my whole life. It’s based on a classical piano line I wrote the first time I wanted to see what F# felt like under the hand. All my impulses went directions they hadn’t before, and I was damn certain that this record was going to be about impulses.  Ya know, what your reptile brain wants you to do, even if you don’t.So I started there, and in about the time it took me to blink, the song was finished.

It was years of tinkering before anyone heard it, and the record got built around it, but it served as the roots for this mangled tree to grow out of.

For the video, it was a strange culmination.  I happen to know a brilliant dancer Gracie Stewart and I knew I wanted her to be the centrepiece of it.  She’s a helluva great person, not to mention she’s done the biggest tours imaginable. Ariana, Bieber, etc   I was on the road backstage at the final show my previous band would ever play so needless to say, I was going through a major emotional/existential crisis.   Her and I were talking and I gave her a long winded explanation as to what the song meant to me and why I wrote it.  I told her, if she can take the essence of the song and communicate it with her body the way I communicate through music, we’d have something.  That she did and now we do.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Relationships getting beat down, burnt up, rebuilt and beat down again, has always fuelled my fire creatively.  But this time, I tried to take the stinger out and see if I could step back a touch, and really think about what’s best.  What’s reaaally best.  Spitting venom has always been my go-to but this time, I really didn’t want to trash such a nice piano line by throwing dirt on it.  So I took the feeling that piano line gave me, and brought it to the lyricism as well.

The single comes off your new album Nuns Enjoy A Madman – what’s the story behind the title?

This album is a rebirth for me, but not so much in the nice glowing way people tend to use that word.  More like being possessed.

To really decode it, someone with lots of riddles and even more time, might suss out who I was and why I’m not anymore.

I get asked that a lot, and so far that’s my favourite non-answer I’ve provided. The key is in the letters.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was fascinating and slightly disturbing all at once.  I came from a whole different world musically, and this was an experiment with prolonged isolation.  If I let myself follow my impulses at every cross roads, & take random turns whenever they presented themselves, I knew I’d be left with either something great, or something terrible.  And the less terrible songs are the ones that made the record.

What role does Canada plays in your writing?

I think where I’m sitting is less important than where I am in my head. And when I’m writing songs, I’m miles away.  So I dig this country, but I made this record to sound like it came from a dark room anywhere know what I mean?

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are scoring a film than when you are writing your own original material?

I used to keep those skills in separate boxes.  But this record was about dumping them both upside-down on the floor, sitting by them cross legged, and building a new box.

The most important thing was taking the methods of mood manipulation from sound design/scoring, and weaving them into songs.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Sometimes you do the kicking, and sometime you get kicked, and generally you keep your teeth, which is nice cause it’s hard to sing without them.

Both send me to the blank page where I used to think I wrote things, but really things just get written with my hand.  More through me than by me.

Any plans to hit the road?

Everytime I say “no more touring” I end up on a bigger tour further from home and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.  So…”No More Touring!!”

What else is happening next in Voldo Blanka’s world?

‘Nuns Enjoy A Madman’ comes out July 21st, so ’till then I’m praying to whoever will listen, that whoever listens, listens loud.

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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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