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INTERVIEW: Vinyl Floor

How would you classify your music?

(Charlie/Vinyl Floor): Our foundation is and will always be rock music. But we always seek to explore different aspects of rock since it´s such a broad definition. In our world melody is king and we value the importance of lyrics. On previous albums we have worked with a more symphonic sound and we’ve never been afraid of giving the songs a poppy touch.  On our new album we´ve kind of wished to go back to our main core and create an album which is a bit heavier and more intense in a way. We cut away the quiet songs and left out strings and piano. We just felt the need to do something different this time.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

In all humbleness, I think you might hear some Beatles and the Kinks in our sound. There definitely is a British-inspired sound in there. Also, I guess you can add some symphonic influences from a band like Sigur Rós and some power and necessity from bands like Pearl Jam and The Who. At least I hope! Was that 5?

What do you want fans to take from your music?

Anything they want. If our songs can speak to some people in any way, then we can´t ask for more.

How’s the music scene in your locale?

To be honest, we haven´t played live for some time so we don´t exactly have a finger on the pulse currently. But the Copenhagen scene is always pretty cool. And vibrant.

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

Oh, I´ve attended many great concerts. But I have to say that Pearl Jam in Leeds a few years back was something else. All the elements were there. The right songs, the right band, the right venue and the right crowd.

What I like most about playing live myself is the immediacy of it.

You previously said that the new album ‘Apogee’ is different than other albums in your back catalogue and a somewhat new direction for the band. Can you tell more about how ‘Apogee’ came to fruition?

It slowly evolved and took form through many demos we’d worked on since 2015. Demos of a lot of different types of songs. We just felt the urge to concentrate on finishing the rocking tunes this time around. We wanted to produce ourselves and wanted the process to be immediate and fun. We wanted a production which was not polished and if you listen carefully you might even hear slight bum notes here and there. We could have doctored some of the live basic tracks but refrained. We just kind of trust it because rock music is not supposed to be perfect.

I don´t know if this is a new direction for the band but this album is maybe more powerful in a way. We might do something completely different next time around though.

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

They´ve all been favorites during the process, really. But right now it´s probably the opening track ‘Ivory Tower’. It doesn´t sound like anything we´ve done before. And it has so many layers that it will keep me entertained for a long time.

How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?

I don´t know. I think we might have learned more about letting go and just go with the flow.

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

Tom Waits. We´d write a crazy song together.

What’s next for you?

Promoting this album as much as possible. Then perhaps support it with a few live gigs. And then we´ll take it from there!

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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