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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW VAAMP WHAT HAPPENED?

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

What made you decide that music is a thing for you? 

Music has been a part of my life since I was a child. Whether listening or creating, it has always allowed me to emotionally heal and recharge. 

Introduce us to you all and your musical history.

I started playing guitar at a young age. My dad had an acoustic he would play now and then, and I would always sit with him and listen. I remember the day I got my first guitar. It was a beautiful spring day and I was outside playing when my grandparents pulled into our driveway. They were just getting back after going to a flea market. Out of the van comes my grandma holding a classic looking acoustic guitar. She handed it to me and that was the beginning of my playing journey.

Guitar was my first instrument, but I took a couple years of violin and piano lessons, and a year of guitar lessons as a teenager. Although guitar was my first instrument, drums were always my true calling. Something about them fascinated me. As a kid I used to practice rudiments on a wooden stool with two unsharpened pencils. I asked for a drum set for Christmas for several years, but my parents were insistent I play guitar.

I can’t blame them for not wanting to have a drum kit in the house, they are extremely loud. It wasn’t until I was in my late teenage years and had a part time job that I purchased my first kit. It was a white Ludwig accent kit. Fast forward to post college, I took 5 years of professional drum lessons as a young adult. I’ve fronted two bands and played drums for two over the years. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to learn all of these wonderful instruments. I am currently taking a break from playing drums with any bands and solely focusing on VAAMP. This project has been waiting to emerge and it now has its time. 

What was life like for you before music?

This may sound dramatic, but honestly I don’t remember my life before music. It has always been there in some way, shape or form. 

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

“The Lucky One” by Alison Krauss. My dad was a huge bluegrass fan and Alison was always on repeat. 

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

I am a part of the music industry because I contribute to it. I would consider myself a musician/writer/producer. 

What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry? 

Lawyers are important. 

Tell us two truths and a lie about you.

I love the outdoors

I rock climb

I am an excellent swimmer 

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

A collaboration with one of my favorite artists.

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….

Absolutely. I think it is important to be mindful of how we communicate with others and respect everyone’s differences and beliefs, even if you don’t agree with them. 

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? 

I wouldn’t say I sign up to any conspiracy theories per se, but I do love deep diving them on Reddit.  

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about. 

My cats are part of my creative process when writing music. Steven’s vocals can be heard in ‘Destruction of Self”. Cricket loves to walk on the piano so I took a melody from something he came up with and am finalizing a track with it now. It is quite entertaining to say the least, and I love that they can be a part of VAAMP. 

What are the next steps you plan to take as an artist to reach the next level?

My plan is to keep putting out awesome music. VAAMP is still a newborn in the industry (only 6 months now), so I want to keep pushing and get my music to as many people as possible. I once had a psychic tell me I’m going to help a lot of people one day, and I am hoping that my music is the vehicle for that. 

We have noticed a lot of bands don’t use X (Twitter) why do you think that is?

I can’t speak for all musicians but for me personally, keeping up with social media is a full time job and not one that I particularly like. I would rather spend my time creating. Twitter/X seems to be the most demanding of social media as it requires constant interaction. 

I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.

I dropped my first EP titled “Time Sensitive Material” in February of this year. It is a collection of five tracks that I had been working on for over a year. I titled the EP “Time Sensitive Material” as an ironic nudge towards myself. I have been playing music for over 20 years and this is the first thing I’ve ever released as a solo artist. The EP is a huge milestone for me as a creator and was the push I needed to keep creating and putting out music. 

What was the recording process like?

I record in my home studio and pre-mix before I send my tracks for final mixing and mastering. Having a home studio has been an absolute game changer. It is nothing extensive, but having the ability to create any time I want and take as long as I want without any pressure. I am truly grateful for this. 

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

The biggest learning curve for me was accepting that a track was complete. I struggled with that for the longest time and is the reason why I never released any music solo before VAAMP. I’ve learned that the song will let you know when it is done, you just have to listen. It is an instinctive feeling. Once I started letting the music speak for itself and it changed everything for the better. 

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

There is always something that I want to change, but I believe when you finish a piece of art, that is what it is meant to be at that moment in time. 

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

I am excited to say that I will have new music coming out soon! 

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