VELVET ACID CHRIST INTERVIEW
Who approached you to ask you to play Aftermath festival and what was the one thing that made you say yes to play there?
VAC – That prick Steven Archer of Stoneburner and Ego Likeness put in the good word. We had been trying to play in Toronto with no luck for years. Thanks to Troy, now we can. People kinda know how famous I am now. But not really.
What makes a good festival for you bar just the bands you are going to see?
VAC – When, and where I think has a big impact on if I will go to an event. If its in a snowy place in the middle of winter, nope. Still it helps when everything is run well and super professional. Most of the festivals I have played have been.
Apart from playing the festival how is the whole experience of the festival different being band and not someone attending the festival?
VAC – A lot of people will come up to me and say very nice things. Ask for autographs. I got to meet a lot of really cool bands, and fans. Nothing beats that.
Its harder these days to survive as a musician, most musicians have day jobs too. What do you think has happened to take the money away from the music?
VAC – No one buys music like they used to, scenes die. Its simple. If shirts on tour don't sell, its bankruptcy for bands. I think it started when MTV stopped playing videos all the time, its like music got pushed into the background of our culture and only gets the main stage at the super bowl, or mtv music video awards.
Some musicians even make a loss from touring, has this ever happened to you?
VAC – YES many times...
Subconscious Landscapes features some lovely different vibes to which many have mentioned hearing different genres. As an artist why do you choose to push boundaries of music and not stick to a specific genre?
VAC – Because I am a musician. I don't want to do the same thing over and over, play the same music over and over, I like to challenge myself and learn things as well.
I imagine you get a lot of people asking your influences, well I’m not going to ask that Have you heard of any bands quoting VAC as their main influence and if so how does that make you feel?
VAC – Yes, at one point I saw and interview with “Gary Numan” he said he was a fan. That made my head spin. Grendel, and a few others. It makes me feel like the old man in the room. I seriously don't think I am that big of deal though.
You give quite a few interviews, what questions that you are asked do you get sick of answering constantly?
VAC – I don't get sick of any, because not everyone reads all my interviews, and I know that sometimes people will be reading something I said a million times, for the first time.
What things do you miss from the 90’s?
VAC – Grunge, NIN, MANSON. MTV, Teletunes, The Goth Scene.
Of all the music you have made over the years is there any that you don’t like and if you could change that track then how would you?
VAC – I realize that music is a process, and you are timed and on a clock. You don't always win. But its not about that, its about the process, and it all leads to greatness sometimes, and if it does not, then, uhg. I have hits, and I say this, all my stinkers lead me to the hits. I don't have time to refine over and over, I get bored easily. Bands that do that usually don't have many hits.
What is the most personal, most meaning track you have ever created?
VAC – Probably Ghost in the Circuit. I wrote it for a person who was murdered, that really fucked with me. It was someone I knew growing up, a mother of one of my xgfs who treated me very well. Also for one of my best friends I wrote Black Rainbows for his fallen mother....
Propaganda is everywhere, the truth is often hidden or just not delivered too us. What has been the biggest lie that has been fed to us that you know the truth to?
VAC – That nuclear power is clean and safe. That pesticides are safe. The protein myth.
Thank you so much for giving Vampire Freaks this interview, is there anything you would like to add?
VAC - If you are standing on the edge of a black hole, and if you could pick your final act as you get spaghettified, what would you say and do during this? I think I would spin like a ballet dancer and thank the blackhole....... Then sing Skinny Puppy Lyrics into Oblivion.
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