RGM Introducing – The Vaporatix

Hiya folks’ thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide to start the band?

DM: The band started out as a collaborative audio/visual project. A concept started to form around the lockdown/pandemic situation and we started to write material based on a sci-fi retelling of these events. As we advanced the concept and progressed musically it started to sound more like a band and further away from an audio project.  

SM – I think it kind of started itself. We have worked on things before and always kept in touch. Like Dan says, we were playing round with a couple of ideas and they grew into more of a band quite naturally. 

Introduce us all to the members and your musical history?

DM: I studied fine art in Belfast and come from a digital/visual background. Musically I like to make power electronics, noise music with hints of black metal. This project was different for me as it was a lot more controlled and honed then anything I’ve worked on in the past. 

SM – I have played in many bands over the years and played loads of live shows, mainly heavy rock. But, more recently I have become more interested in Electronica so it’s great to work with someone who is also really interested in that.  

How positive are you feeling now we are in 2021?

DM: I’m not too bothered about 2021, what will be will be. I’m looking forward to working on visuals and seeing what happens with this new album. 

SM – I just go with it and hope it will be positive. We’re lucky we have an outlet, especially during the last year or so!

How are you feeling now the road map has been announced and live gig can return?

DM: I think it’s good that artists can start up live shows again, I’m sure some really brilliant things have been written and produced during the lockdowns.  

SM – It’s really great gigs are starting up again and I can’t wait to get back out there. Lockdown made me realise that I did really miss it when it was gone.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?

DM: Not really, I’ve just watched it all from afar, as a spectator letting things unfold. There are so many different opinions and theories I’ve decided to not listen to any of it. 

SM – If there are any genuine ones I would miss them because I’m not prepared to wade through all the rubbish to find them.  

What’s your favourite song right now from another band currently on the Bristol circuit?

DM: The Bristol based hip-hop artist C-Froo has just released a new album (Unit 3) so I’ve have been into that recently. 

SM – Anything Emily Breeze puts out is always amazing.

What useless talent do you have/ party trick? 

DM: I used to be able to dance like Michael Jackson but I’m too fat and old for all that now. 

SM – Juggling probably. 

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

DM: More around installations then on stage but just creating gruelling walls of sound. 

SM – Difficult to say a specific time actually as there’s so many. It’s when it all comes together live and all of the rehearsals, driving, lumping of gear etc all become more than worth it.

What was the worst experience on stage?

DM: Again, more around installations but when the technology doesn’t work and your left in your own thoughts not knowing what to do next. 

SM – I once got really carried away when playing a gig I stage dived and hurt myself a bit! 

Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about? 

DM: My pet cat is my best friend. 

SM – Oranges sometimes freak me out a bit.

I hear you have an album brewing, what can you tell us about it?

DM: The new album “Eternal Night” is a science fiction retelling of the pandemic. It’s based around a virus that survives on UV light and to stop it spreading the sun was blanked out using an implant spliced into the ozone layer. Some stayed on a dystopian earth while others left to Terraform alternative planets. 

SM – I can’t really follow that. I would say it’s an interesting use of organic and electronic instruments to tell the story.

How was the recording process given the various restrictions the UK has been under of late?

DM: Everything was done via, We Transfer, Email and video calls between myself and Stu. In a way this process was quite good because it slowed everything down so inadvertently more focus was put onto things that we may have missed recording in a tridiagonal sense. 

SM – I agree, it felt less like we had to rush because it wasn’t done ‘on the clock’ at a recording studio.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

DM: Don’t put off doing anything, even if it’s just a passing idea, go out and do it, write a book, make an album, shoot a movie. Use what ever you can to achieve the idea. If it works, great, if it doesn’t, it’s still a valuable learning process. 

SM – Listen out for more tunes, and keep an eye for more visuals from us.

Thanks for joining us today folks, all the best and keep in touch.