Vektrill Interview

When did you decide that a career in music was for you?

I think it was different for all three of us. I was probably the late bloomer of the bunch. Around 19 I picked up an electric guitar and never put it back down. I remember really digging ‘plug in baby’ by Muse and thinking ‘yea, I wanna play that’ so I spent 6 weeks getting tuition then cracked on with my own sound haha.

Who are your musical inspirations and why?

It’s rather eclectic. We’re inspired by Muse a lot, but we get more aggressive with some RATM and SOAD influences. Then there’s the classical influences from Bach, peppered with Morden tastes like James blunt. We’re inspired by a lot of different music and we don’t like to be ‘locked’ into one sound. I mean, we have a sound but it transcends a genre perhaps haha. 

Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?

Umm, I don’t eat fruit. At all.  I am a huge Star Trek nerd and get a lot of my influence for songs from that universe. I hate raisins. They are someone’s idea of a cruel joke. I think someone owned a vineyard, accidentally let their grapes go bad, couldn’t make wine from them so decided to sell them as shrivelled death.

What song of yours best describes you and why?

Currently our song ‘prisoners’ has the most elements that define us as a band. It has our staple fuzzy guitar sound, some piano and synth elements and a solidly thumping rhythm section, A crescendo and a plot twist in the story and a sort of funk to it that adds to the uneasy feel. We like to make music that makes you think, that feels uneasy.It’s a personal piece about when I had suicidal thoughts and how inescapable it can feel when you’re trapped in your own head with it all.

What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?

We played the Concorde 2 just before lockdown this year. That was definitely a highlight. The sound just boomed through the hall and the crowd really dug the musical vibes. The crowd hugely influence whether a show is fun or not and these guys didn’t disappoint with their energy.  I do this thing where I get down into the audience during a song and this time everyone just started hugging me, it was a surreal moment.

If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?

Grading festival. What an experience that must be! Up there with all those people enjoying a variety of music. Insanity!

What has been your best achievement to date and what would you like to achieve in the future?

Probably the release of our debut album ‘dualistic principle’. We got to sell it at HMV and do a live set in the Brighton branch for its release. We had some bigger scale gigs lined up this year coming off the release but covid has unfortunately shunted the momentum train. We’re now writing our second album with a possible spin-off album from that too. They are filled with political or personal songs. We’re hoping that when the world calms down, we can head back out with the new material and reach new audiences.

Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig?

Oh man, umm, I once got asked if I would get naked? Haha like I have no idea what was going on, I was packing up out back and somehow a fan just came through and asked. I absolutely said no haha and they just sighed and wondered off. Really bizarre.

What do you like best about being a musician and why?

The ability to be able to express my inner most thoughts and ideas and to turn them into these odd sounds that flow rhythmically. Being a musician has helped me get through rough times, when I was discovering the kind of person I was going to be, rough relationships. When the world seems to conspire against you, you can have your own musical rebellion and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?

I have absolutely no idea haha. Something in the performing arts. Possibly politics, pushing for a true communist society. 

What has been the best gig you have been too as a fan and can you tell us about it?

2015, Brighton Dome, Muse. I’ve seen them a couple of times but always at stadiums. The dome is capped at just short of 3k I think? To see a band that has inspired me on such an intimate level was quite an exhilarating experience. Plus everyone that was there were clearly fans and not just there to say ‘look at me, I’m at a gig’ for their insta page as, no joke, I was lifted from left to right with the sway of the crowd rocking so hard!

What would your ideal festival line up be and why?

Haha dare I mention them again?Muse would be on the bill, preceded by RATM, SOAD, Radiohead, RHCP, The Kooks and James Blunt ft Enya to open? Haha that’d be a festival I’d pay heavily to see.

What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Don’t stop. If want something, don’t let it go, but equally, don’t let the end goal consume you. If you give up then you’ll always regret not pushing that little bit longer for what you want but equally, understand that the end goal isn’t life and death. What you are doing to get there is more integral to your psyche than anything.

What things make you happy and what things annoy you?

Performing. 100% the greatest feeling I’ve ever felt. Where everyone is in sync with this audio construct and just vibing with your thoughts and feelings is amazing.I’m annoyed by People who choose to be ignorant of the world around them. It’s incredibly selfish and possibly indicates a psychopathic mind. 

What things do you like to do when you are away from music?

Either get politically motivated and debate ideas or get out in the sun with some good food, a nice drink and a pool haha.

Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?

Ouch. Umm, yes and no. I mean, everyone can now access all the music all the time but that makes it harder for any music to be discovered and allows hideous corporations to have the monopoly and control over the sector. They have HUGE advertising and gig budgets that an independent label and act can’t compete with. So, in a purely ‘this is my livelihood’ mindset, no, it’s been terrible. Oh and people are less inclined to meet their friends out at a gig because they can talk at home etc. 

How important do you think you look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?

Annoyingly it’s almost more important than the music, if you want to be picked up by major labels etc. But, if you want to make your music your way then not really. It depends what you’re content with. I’m happy playing music that is integral to my philosophy which is often against big corporations so Were unlikely to be favoured by them, but I don’t care, because I’m not about to right a glowing song for Jeff Bezos just for a bit of extra cash. To me, it’s more important to be integral than to make a quick buck.

Can you tell us about any tattoos you have and the significance of them to you?

I have a logo on my left forearm. It’s my logo that I designed and it’s just, well, just me haha can’t really describe it differently.I also have bliss on my right forearm, this is the state I aim to be in.

If you run the country for a day what would you change about it and why?

Haha umm this is only gonna work if I ran the world. I’d instantly get rid of capitalism and start the journey for humans where financial gain is no longer the driving force. Instead we’d aim to better ourselves and humanity as a whole. It would take a lot more than a day but I really couldn’t do anything in just a day part from sack the entire Tory party haha.

What would your ideal day consist of?

There’d be a huge gig in there somewhere, probably as the closer of the day. I suppose it would start with doing something exhilarating like driving on a race track or jumping out of a plane. Then eating some delicious foods.

What has been your experience during the Covid 19 situations.Can you tell us how this has affected you personally,how it has affected you professionally and maybe a story from this time or a message for people out there?

It has been bizarre. I think it’s become harder to trust anyone in power with the amount of contradicting information they have fished out and I think it’s been mentally taxing on a lot of people.We wrote a song In lockdown that we released only on YouTube called ‘perilous night’. telling people to ‘hold on tight’. I think If we have a message for people, it’s in that song. 

If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?

We love each and every one of you. Without you, we could not do what we do. As I said previously, you guys make a gig good, when you’re vibing, we’re vibing so thank you!

How would you answer the question ..... Who are Vektrill and what are the differences between you as a music artist and you away from music?

Vektrill is three chaps having fun making music haha. It’s an idea, a different way of looking at the universe. I’d say our personalities influence our music heavily, there isn’t really a difference between what we write and what we believe. I’m far more reserved as a person perhaps, when I’m not on stage putting on an act, or persona. 

What was the first record or song you purchased and why?

RHCP - By the way. All of my friends at school were talking about them so I asked for the album for Christmas. I loved the funky aggression they applied but yea, thanks friends! 

What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?

If you’re gonna do it, prepare for music to be the other great love of your life. It’s relentless, it won’t let you go and you won’t want it to. Understand that it is it’s own entity and it commands your time and effort.

If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?

James Blunt would be hilarious, for the bants. Probably Serj Tankian though. I feel we’re on similar wavelengths in regards to political motivation and his voice and lyrical prowess are right up there. I think we’d come up with something pretty angsty!

If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?

Mars by Holst. My sister and I used to run around pretending we were aliens to that price of music. The orchestral arrangement is insane. To have the skill to compose such mastery, yea, I would have loved to have written that.

What things make you uncomfortable?

Clothes. But also naked people. It’s not easy.

If you wrote a book about yourself what would it have in it?

Incoherent ramblings for the most part. Several fractured stories and ideas about energy consumption, the human condition, aliens and the universe I guess.

What has the rest of the year got in store for you?

Studio time! Recording our second album is our primary focus. We have a few potential gigs lined up, covid dependent. So we’ll just keep writing and hoping for the best.