INTERVIEW: Vox Rea

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

Hi VENTS! We’ve been as good as you can be for someone who’s living in the year 2020… Trying to stay sane by leaning into the madness.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Dose Me Up”?

Dose Me Up was the first song we recorded for our new album and it introduces the mood of our new project. Someone recently described it as a “fever dream, edgeless and underwater” and we felt like that hit the nail on the head.

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

We wrote Dose Me Up on our grandmother’s piano at home in late October after being on the road doing music for a long time. The nostalgia of being in our childhood home had a big influence on the song. The word nostalgia actually comes from the Greek word nostos, which roughly translates into homecoming, and algos, or pain. Taken together, nostalgia roughly translates to the return of pain. The elusiveness and flavour of that nostalgia created the melancholy mood you hear in the song — a sort of reckoning with the relentless nature of time.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

Yes! We’re working on one right now actually… 😉

How was the recording and writing process?

We worked with Connor Seidel and Tim Buron at Cult Nation in Montreal. Connor and Tim are kind of like yin and yang — the perfect dynamic duo. Dose Me was the first song we recorded after meeting them and it was love at first jam. The foundation of the song was recorded live-off-the-floor and we built it up from there. We liked that it felt raw and unabashedly human and that set the tone for the rest of the album.

What role does Vancouver play in your music?

There’s a moodiness to the city that plays into our music… you can hear that it’s not always blue sky & sunny where we live. Still, living in Vancouver you learn how to dance in the rain, you know?

As you change on your name – what else and what other approach have you been taking?

To us, Vox Rea represents the reclamation of our creative vision. We made the switch from only caring about the music and seeing everything else as superfluous to really seeing the visuals and online presence as an extension of our art.  So everything you see – from our website to our graphics to our bio was made by us. The name change represents a shift in mindset and a new approach that focuses on art as an experience as opposed to a product.

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

We’ve got a few more singles coming down the pipe and our album is locked and loaded.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

We’re scheming about spring 2021 !!

What else is happening next in Vox Rea’s world?

Right now we’re getting deep into the visuals for the music. We’re editing together a short film for the album with our videographer friend Lon Gross. Its working title is “The Beast” because of how much of our lives it has eaten up haha! We have a ton of stuff in the vault that we can’t wait to release so buckle up and stay tuned xx

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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