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Interview: 10 Questions With Vaya

So, I wanted to get more interviews on the blog and the best way was to simplify the interview format. So now I present "10 Questions". The same 10 questions for every band and artist. I have found it really interesting talking to musicians over the years and hearing the different responses to similar questions. So, this will be the start of something new on the blog. 

So, on this new blog allow me to introduce you to Vaya. An alternative rock band based in Canada. With their unique grooves and commanding personality. This band is taking on the world. The band is a force of nature on stage and their music is impactful. If you haven't checked them out yet, you should really get on that! In this interview, I chat with Vaya, Phil and Raphael about their music, influences and touring.

Where do you think your passion for music came from?

VAYA: The moment I discovered it I didn't stop since my three years old. So It is running into my blood for a while ☺

PHIL: When I was a child my mom played the piano and then she taught a little. Then later I started the guitar.

RAPHAEL: First, my father was playing the slide trombone in a brass band. There was a musical environment in the family. Then I had a classical percussions teacher who shared me the love of music.

Who are your biggest influences?

VAYA: Classical music, Jim Morrison

PHIL: Many bands especially guitarists and bassists like Nuno Bettencourt, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Robben Ford, Mike Stern, Marcus Miller, Jaco Pastorius, Mark King, Stanley Clarke, Larry Graham etc.

RAPHAEL: Jack White, U2, Coldplay

To you, what is the most important thing about playing live?

PHIL: To have fun and share it with a great audience!

VAYA: To stay focused on the present moment

RAPHAEL: The energy you can share with the audience.

What is the one song you had wished you had written?

VAYA: walk on the wild side, Lou Reed

RAPHAEL: Fix You by Coldplay

PHIL: Oh I don’t know honestly there are so many wonderful songs, lol!

What are the biggest lessons learned over the years?

VAYA: Build your own dreams, through your own self

PHIL: Always work hard, play a lot with other musicians and play on stage as often as you can!

RAPHAEL: Be yourself

Are there any bands/artists that you recommend that don’t get much attention?
RAPHAEL: Too many bands! I would recommend Fixit (CH), SELENN (CH) and The Jerry Cans (CA).

PHIL: Maybe “Extreme” of course they’re very famous but I’m not sure if they’re as famous as other bands!

If there is one thing you would like to achieve in your career, what would it be?

VAYA: Share our music on a big stage with thousands of millions of people. What a powerful vibration of joy!

PHIL: Play at Wembley hahaha lol!

RAPHAEL: To perform in front of thousands of people and feel the power of the energy on our music.

What’s the one thing you hate about touring and the music industry in general?

VAYA: I don’t have really hate for something. So, touring is about people who are surprised that a "rock band" don t drink alcohol. For the music industry... What is today's definition of the music industry?

RAPHAEL: On tour, the nights are short. As I love to sleep well, sometimes it’s difficult

PHIL: On tour, I hate when gigs are cancelled at the last minute and when managers or bookers have a bad work ethic or take advantage on us!

What are your biggest interests away from music?

VAYA: NATURE!!!!!!!! ☺ Also, my children of course... and painting

PHIL: I like going on vacations to the sea or the ocean for diving, going out with friends to some bars or to concerts, going to the movies and spending time with my family!

RAPHAEL: Nature and my family

What is the hardest thing you have had to overcome and how did you overcome it?

RAPHAEL: It is interesting to be on tour with the whole team because you have to live with everybody 24/7

PHIL: I don’t know sorry!

VAYA: Belief in myself against an environment who didn't support me from being a child. How I did it? I am still on stage and still composing even they are not here anymore.

Never give up ;)




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