INTERVIEW: Progressive Alt Metal Band VEIO

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

We’ve been pretty busy right up until the album release on June 19 getting everything in order. For the last couple of weeks we took some time away to take a breath before starting on some new music. 

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

“Crux” is different from every other song we put on the album musically in the sense that it was all of the riffs sort of laying around and us trying to piece them together. Every other song on this album was really assembled to express a particular story we were trying to tell with the Vitruvian theme. Although the lyrics for “Crux” definitely are aligned with the vision we had for it. Musically, this one was more about just getting some killer riffs together.

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

“Crux” specifically is a song about perseverance and seeing a situation through to the end. We all experience highs and lows whether they’re real or only perceived, and the song is about getting through to the other side of it and getting that feeling of accomplishment that feeds the soul.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

A bit different in the sense that it was solely a performance video. All of the other videos we’ve done thus far have a performance element but have been driven by a story that relates to the track. But with this one we felt the best way to build on the track was to rock out! We can’t wait to play this one live when things open back up.

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

The idea for Vitruvian came about a while back when we were writing the last album. The concept being that we adapted the famous Da Vinci sketch musically. Whereas he sketched out the literal proportions of man geometrically, we wrote songs around the emotional, spiritual and experiential proportions of who we are that make us up as individuals.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was different this time around compared to our first album. The last one was us jamming through ideas and things coming real organically. This one was us bringing in ideas separately and putting them together. We also wrote a portion of Vitruvian on the road which was different for us. The main thing was we just wanted to let the sound evolve naturally and build upon what we did with the first album.

What was it like to work with Stephan Hawkes and how did that relationship develop?

We’ve known Stephan from being around the Portland scene for a while. He’s done quite a few killer albums for some bands in the area and he’s got his own band Shelter Red that’s definitely worth a listen. This being our second album together, we were firing on all cylinders so to speak even from the pre-production stage. We talked about our vision for the album, the sounds we wanted to get, and we couldn’t be happier with the result.

How much did he get to influence the album?

His touch is definitely all over this thing and he’s a big part of what we are doing with Veio. Us being friends outside of a studio setting too and having a relationship…. He’s not afraid to give an opinion or open up a discussion when we need to pursue something deeper.

What role does Portland play in your music?

I don’t know about the music itself but all of the bands here in Portland are real supportive of each other. The rock and metal scene took a big hit when we lost our rock station a few years back. On top of that we’ve had some venue closures. In spite of all that everyone is still behind each other and there is a ton of great music getting made here.

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

Musically we draw influences and inspiration from all over. We definitely love our progressive metal and more technical music and we draw on some of those things. Incorporating more electronic elements into this record we also took influence from outside of the rock genre to see where other musicians are pushing the boundaries in terms of sound creation. Lyrically we wanted to write in terms of fitting the Vitruvian theme. We really looked at life and our experiences and tried to draw on our lives, others and current events when writing the story of each song. 

Any plans to hit the road?

I think this is at the forefront for all touring artists out there. We just need to figure out when and how touring is going to happen. We’re definitely eager and when it’s been deemed safe to do so, we’ll be back out there and we can’t wait.

What else is happening next in Veio’s world?

We’ve already starting writing the next album and I think we may even release new music before the year is over. We had some leftover ideas from this one and some new stuff being put together. We also had a contest where we had our fans pick a cover song for us to do. We’re planning on getting in the studio soon and putting those things together and we’ll see how it goes. 

See the video for “Crux” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7BitCrQ85k

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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