Hey, glad to be with you guys, I’ve been just okay! We have similar names and that’s pretty cool.
-Can you talk to us more about your latest single “feelingdown”?
Yeah, feelingdown is like the first song I’ve ever released that is totally me. There’s a little bit of everything that I’m inspired by in there, from like the shreddy drop to the kind of overall alt pop feel of the song. It’s a fusion of different things and I think as I continue to make music, that fusion will get more and more cohesive.
-Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
This one is really about the dangers of drug culture. You hear a lot of artists kind of pushing these really harmful drugs and you see people dying all the time from it. It’s never been cool to speak out against drug use but I’ve never been cool so it felt like a good song to make.
-Any plans to release a video for the single?
I have plans. Videos will be released. I have no idea when.
-What was the recording and writing process like?
Basically I wrote this one the same way I write all my other songs, walking around town at like 1 in the morning. I had a cool idea for the hook and by the time I was home, within 20 minutes I had the whole chorus done. I basically locked myself in my dungeon for as long as possible every day and wrote/recorded the rest.
-What was it like to work with Joe LaPorta and Serge Curtois? How did those relationships develop?
Those guys are killer at making my stuff sound professionally done. I’ve never met the guys in person but I talked to Serge on the phone while I was driving through a desert to talk about mix notes and he’s like French. I don’t know why that threw me off, I mean his name is super French but driving through the desert alone talking to a French guy about mix notes for my song… I was just wondering how I got to that point in my life, you know?
-How much did they influence the song?
Basically as far as writing and production, it’s all me. Joe and Serge are the mix/master so they make the song sound like the real deal, but as far as making the song, it’s all me.
-How do you balance different genres/influences when writing a new track?
That’s such a struggle for me, personally. I have a few songs that balance the things I like really well, but the main problem is that I make new music all the time, and it tends to dive into different genres so often that two songs on one album might sound like two completely different artists with me singing on them. I identify with the guitar, that’s my spirit animal, so I use that to ground myself and let the listener know it’s still Vaines.
-Does the new single mean we can expect a new material soon? How’s that coming along?
Yeah, so this is just the first song in a long lineup of material I have ready. I have a couple more ready to release and a few more afterwards that I haven’t even shown my team yet so there’s new music on the horizon for sure.
-Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Song is called Medicine, should be out March 8th.
-Any plans to hit the road?
I’m taking a very planned approach to playing out, touring, etc… I want to nail down a body of work to play off of and I want people to know Vaines before seeing me play. My live show is something I take pride in so I just want it to be perfect before I go out.
-What else is happening next in Vaines’ world?
Making plans for Vaines is like jazz improv. You have a general sense of what’s going on, but getting there happens in the heat of the moment, one note at a time. All I know for certain right now is that I’m putting new music out as often as possible in 2019, starting with Medicine on March 8th.