INTERVIEW: Virginia Trance

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

Hi, I am great. I just finished a novel by Chester Himes.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Hello Lou Reed”?

It is my ode to Lou Reed. But hopefully other people relate. I have played it a number of times over the years and it is amazing all of the memories he is able to invoke in people.

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

Lou Reed’s death.

Was this homage intentional or was it more of a random decision?

It was a random decision.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

In the song “Egg Cream” Reed mentions the restaurant Junior’s located on Flatbush & Dekalb Avenues in Brooklyn, NY. They are a well-known diner with a long history in that location. I live nearby and walked over one day with my wife to capture the atmosphere and hopefully subtlety of the song. 

The single comes off your new album Vincent’s Playlist – what’s the story behind the title?

I borrowed the title from an artwork by Sebastian Maquieira that also serves as the album’s jacket. The full name of the work is Vincent’s Playlist (Inside) and is from a series where Sebastian uses puzzles as his primary material. I am a big fan of Sebastian’s work and he kindly let me use everything. 

How was the recording and writing process?

I was joined by Jimy Seitang (bass) and Chris Millstein (drums) in the studio where I showed them the songs. We worked everything out quickly and naturally leaving some saxophone and clarinet overdubs for Ryan Weisheit and a few guitars for Sam Maquieira to record down in Santiago, Chile at BYM Studios. 

What role does Lou Reed play in your music?

Simplicity and dissonance 

What is it about the 80s that you find so fascinating?

Mainly, the cool guitars. Plus Steve Miller Band’s album Abracadabra. Also Eduardo Mateo’s Cuerpo Y Alma. 

Would you call this your most personal record to date?

It depends on the day.

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

I was listening to the band Felt and thinking about the French Revolution, Michael and Magdalena Frimkess, when I was going to find time to write, Scott Walker’s death, Miro’s ceramics, Kathy Acker, Ishmael Reed, black and white photography.

Any plans to hit the road?

There are some plans in the works for some shows. The music is best live.

What else is happening next in Virginia Trance’s world?

We are currently finishing our next album which is very exciting. 

STREAM: “Hello Lou Reed” – YouTube

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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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