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INTERVIEW: Vaeda Black

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

Thank you for having me I’ve been great.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Suicide Love”?

Suicide Love is my second single that I’ve released and I’m super excited about it. It’s one of those songs that means a lot to me because It’s more personal than my last single. I’m happy to be sharing it with my listeners.

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

I actually wrote this song around a text message I got from someone… I don’t remember the exact context of the conversation, but he said “that’s called suicide, love” and i thought it was such a peculiar and beautiful way to describe love and desire. As I worked on writing a song around those words it turned into something I never could’ve expected. Inspiration comes from interesting places!

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

The video was a two day process. We had one rehearsal day for the dancers to learn the choreography. The choreographer AC Ciulla, a Tony nominated and Emmy Award winning choreographer, was amazing to work with. Before the first rehearsal we met to discuss my vision for the video and the meaning behind the song and he captured exactly what I wanted in the video through the dancers. On the day of the shoot we were there for about 12 hours. It was an amazing experience. The cinematographer James Morano was also extremely successful in capturing my vision for the video. It was really fun to be in front of the camera again. Everyone who was there was so amazing to work with and we left all feeling like we had created a beautiful piece of art.

How was the recording and writing process?

Writing the song came easy to me because I write what I feel, so the whole song is a piece of who I am and what I was feeling at the time I wrote it. When we recorded it, we wanted it to feel raw, like pure emotion. Minimal effects on my voice and really upfront vocals, almost like the listener is in the same room as me, listening to me live.

What role does Centerport play in your music?

To be honest living in Centerport has changed my life. Before I moved here, I lived in Commack. It was my home, but I never really felt as at home there as I do now. I didn’t write before I moved. I started writing when I hit fourth grade. It was the year after I moved, and I was in a class where we were encouraged to write short stories and poetry. I started to realize I had a knack for writing. I began to gain confidence in my writing and started writing songs. If I had never moved I don’t know if I would be where I am with my music today. It’s also just a really great place to live. Sometimes when I need to get out and write I go sit on the beach (a minute walk from my house) with my notebook and I write with my headphones in. It’s peaceful.

How Bishop Briggs and Lana Del Rey has influence your writing?

I love and listen to all types of music, but something about those two artists is inspiring. I started listening to Lana first. Her lyrics are super intriguing and her vice is so haunting and I love that about her. Bishop has this badass vibe in her music and her journey is inspiring to me as I’ve watched her grow as an artist. Both of their sounds and vibes have inspired me to fall into the altpop world.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes, we are going into the studio this fall to record more material. These are songs that I have had for a while, and perform with my band. Doing these live has really brought a different vibe to them that we plan to capture in the studio.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I’m looking to release another single late January followed by an EP. No title yet, but I am working on it…

How much dark can we expect this new material to be?

A lot of my songs have a pretty dark vibe. My writing style has always been that way. It’s kind of funny, I’ve had people tell me to write ‘happy music’ and it makes me laugh because when I’ve tried that it feels artificial to me. I don’t force anything I write. If it doesn’t flow it’s not authentic. There’s this one song in my set I’m DYING to record called “Drunken Tears” and it has to be my darkest song. It’s about breaking into a bar with someone, getting extremely drunk, and then murdering them. Some of the lyrics are “I left you alone, so I could watch you die” and “I could slit your throat or rip out both your eyes”. Yeah. Pretty dark I would say. But hey people tell me it’s their favorite song in my set so at least someone appreciates the darkness!

Any plans to hit the road?

For now I’m just performing locally in Brooklyn, NYC, and Long Island, but there’s a west coast show brewing for 2019.

What else is happening next in Vaeda Black’s world?

Right now I’m just rehearsing and going to school. Senior year is stressful and fun. I’m applying to colleges and I’m working on music so it’s pretty busy. Really looking forward to the release of Suicide Love and promoting that, so yeah there’s lots of stuff going on.

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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