~ASBURY PARK VIBES' BAND OF THE WEEK~

VAYA

February 10, 2021

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BASICS

We are based in Toronto (Canada). Actually the band is formed by Raphael Mtx that is doing all drums and percussions and me. The band started with a first album on stage in 2017.


Our last short-movie song that won a festival in Montreal!

YOUR MUSICAL PAST AND PRESENT IN ONE RUN-ON SENTENCE.

I feel I am simply born since severals lives into the music considering as a deep and major medium of expression firstly through my voice. Always running on drums near of the native one.


SORRY, BUT WE HAVE TO ASK … WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND YOUR BAND NAME?

Did you hear about the white wolf spirit? :) That is the first and strongest spirit from the nature I received when the project start. I received this name and decided to accept it and try my best to honor it.


HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND TO SOMEONE WHO HASN’T YET HEARD YOUR MUSIC?

Funny. Last week I decided to write to an old friend from the Country I am born. And I decided to share with him our last song called SEXUAL ( the one you can discover as a short movie). He said: « Wow, it reminds me a shamanic trip I have done years ago ». Does it answer to your question?


HOW DID THE STARS ALIGN TO BRING YOU ALL TOGETHER?

Ask the sky;)


IF BANDS WERE REQUIRED TO HAVE A SLOGAN … WHAT WOULD YOUR BAND SLOGAN BE?

Trust in your heart.

MUSIC

A PROJECT YOU’RE CURRENTLY WORKING ON THAT YOU’RE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT.

Yes, the second Opus my Dear. It is a Hugh and long project started in 2018. But as said every good thing needs time to be done well. Especially when it is super powerful and unique.


HOW DOES THE BAND FLESH OUT A SONG FROM START (IDEA IN YOUR HEAD) TO FINISH (RECORDING)?

I am currently the receiver. The flow runs on my blood and I try my best to put it down through lyrics and sound. Then when demo are recorded in my home studio we start the process of arranging and recording all songs. Then depending of how you would like to share it with the public but you can have the full mix process that is a major color of your sound and finally to polish a rough diamond you have to go through the mastering: always choose something that fits with your soul. And if you are courageous enough do a physical version such as CD; vinyl etc… :) long if you do it well.


PICK ONE WORD THAT BEST DESCRIBES WHAT YOUR REHEARSALS ARE LIKE.

Authentic.


ANY MUSIC VIDEOS PLANNED OR IN PRODUCTION?

Yes, we have to do two new short-movie in Fukuoka. We worked with Yumi Sonoda for the first one ( SEXUAL) and will continue to write together the two next chapters.


LET’S GEEK OUT FOR A SECOND … TELL US WHAT YOUR ABSOLUTE FAVORITE PIECE OF MUSICAL EQUIPMENT IS RIGHT NOW.

My native drum.

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INFLUENCES

WHICH ARTIST OR BAND INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A MUSICIAN?

I have an eclectic background. Let s say beautiful classical pieces mixed with Jim Morrison.


AN ALBUM THAT’S HAD A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON YOU.

Cristal Ship


VOCALIST YOU ADMIRE THE MOST?

Bjork?


GUITAR SOLO THAT ALWAYS GIVES YOU GOOSEBUMPS?

Jack White


ROLLING STONES OR THE BEATLES?

Both!

PERFORMING

DO YOU HAVE ANY PRE-SHOW RITUALS?

No. Just stay focus to stay a receiver.


FUNNIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED WHILE YOU WERE ON STAGE.

Continuing to sing even the XLR of my microphone was not anymore plugged.


IF POSSIBLE, DESCRIBE WHAT PERFORMING LIVE FEELS LIKE FOR YOU.

All of it


WHAT DO YOU HOPE YOUR FANS GET FROM YOUR MUSIC? IS THERE ANYTHING YOU’D LIKE THEM TO KNOW?

Have a nice travel;)

GOALS

MOST DON’T ALLOW THEMSELVES TO BELIEVE THAT WHAT THEY REALLY WANT ... CAN ACTUALLY HAPPEN. CLOSE YOUR EYES AND VISUALIZE WHAT YOU CONSIDER TO BE YOUR ULTIMATE SUCCESS. WHAT DO YOU SEE?

Always loving what I am doing from the little things to the biggest one.


WHAT ARE YOU DETERMINED TO SEE HAPPEN FOR YOUR BAND IN THE NEXT YEAR?

Finishing the process of the vinyl production in USA, picture the two short-movies in Japan and why not finalize the design of the specific drums made in Italy by DS drum.


UPCOMING SHOWS, EVENTS, FESTIVALS YOU’RE PLAYING?

Before 2022? Nope. I am really focus on the next release for this new opus.



PERSONAL

WHAT CONCERT DID YOU ATTEND THAT YOU’LL NEVER, EVER FORGET?

Jack white


BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN.

Follow your dreams/heart.


WHAT IS YOUR MOST VALUED MATERIAL POSSESSION?

Myself:D


WHEN YOU’RE NOT PLAYING MUSIC, WHAT ELSE DO YOU LOVE TO DO?

Painting, doing sport and yoga,reeeeaaaaaadddiiiinnnggggggggg, walking in the woods with my husky.


VINYL RECORDS, CASSETTES, CD’s, OR DOWNLOADS?

1. Vinyl. 2. Cassette 3. CD and hate downloads


AN ALBUM YOU NEVER GET TIRED OF LISTENING TO.

Janis Joplin


WHAT SONG ARE YOU CURRENTLY OBSESSED WITH?

None


WHAT SONG HELPED YOU WHEN YOU WERE HEARTBROKEN?

:)))))))) that s funny. Let’s say and mix between Fragile NIN, Radiohead , Archive and a little drop of Les Nocturnes from Chopin.


WHAT ALBUM OR ARTIST DID YOUR PARENTS INTRODUCE YOU TO THAT YOU LOVE?

To be honest all of them. My parents have excellent music tastes:) There are from the sixties you know? ;P With a punch of beautiful operas and classical pieces: some bites of jazz and blues and a deep flow of psychedelic rock;))


WHAT’S YOUR BENCHMARK FOR A GREAT MUSICIAN?

It is a mix in between charisma, discipline, authenticity, confidence, creativity and passion.


Thank you guys. Take care.

Luv, VAYA

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