What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
Hi! I’m VAPA I started doing this project in 2017.
I was 16 years old when I first saw rock/metal concerts and it blowed my mind. I really wanted to start making music at this moment. My father had an electric guitar at home and I started to learn. While at university, I formed some reggae, rock or stoner bands but after a few years gigs and some music disappointment, I felt my tastes had developed and made the decision to do something in my own. My first experience with the computer was with a friend who made his first short-movie end of 2016. He asked me to compose the music and this is where it starts. I never could stop ! (laugh)
I spent a good few months learning the foundations of electronic music production before stepping out with my singles and each track is a way to learn. I’m improving constantly and when I create music I feel to explore whatever is on my mind.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
My new instrumental track “La Fuite” (eng: The Escape) has been inspired by the documentary Human Flow directed by Ai Weiwei about the current global refugees crisis. In the film the viewer is taken to over 20 countries to understand both the scale and the personal impact of this massive human migration.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
Music-wise definitely Thylacine, Rone, Essaie Pas, Kid Francescoli, La Dispute, Molecule. Non-musically, my girlfriend, my friends, my family and all people I meet!
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
I ask everyone to think and lose their minds with my concept tracks ! It’s not only music, I want to spread values.
The result is refreshing and expressive. A sensational backdrop propelled into a modern sound through direct electro structures linked to emotional vocal sample.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
albums: Thylacine / Transsiberian – In Flames / A sense Of Purpose – Russian Circles / Memorial
movies (I felt asleep easily FYI (laufgh)): Victoria – Mais qui a tué Pamela Rose – The Big Lebowski (my childhood)
books: 1984 – Effortless Mastery (Kenny Werner) – Dominique Rocheteau Biogrpahy (laugh – first book I read)
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
I don’t think there’s any feeling greater than seeing how people react to your music but I still did not start playing live with VAPA. I love experimenting with arrangements and sounds at home-studio so far. I’m quite excited to start electronic gigs.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
I hated music before my 16th anniversary because of music classes – it was for me a trauma to learn this flute ! I was so scared and always have the lowest grade.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
I always try to make every song different from the rest, so in that sense, a lot of them are unique for me. But If I have to choose, I’d say that “Le Temps Est Chose Précieuse” would be the one, because of its videoclip, textures, chords, melody, structure and overall sound.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
2018 was a strong and nice year with 6 releases and composing for Camille Sorel project but 2019 will be bigger !
Stay tuned because a track is coming for the summer with a kickass videoclip ! I will also create a live version !
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
Your favourite meal ?
Something with eggs ! 😀
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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