Monday, May 22, 2017

The Inquisition: 088.Vasudeva

1. How did you came up with the name of the band?

Vasudeva is a character in the novel Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. We were all reading the book for a high school English class at the time we started this band and Vasudeva possessed certain characteristic we thought fit our band pretty well. He doesn’t speak much in the book but when does it’s normally a pretty profound or moving moment for the main character Siddhartha.

2. Do you have a standard procedure of creating a song? Do you just jam around or is there a main riff and the track is build up on it?

Our songs normally start on an acoustic guitar or one riff gets brought to the table and we all brainstorm ideas off of it. Lately we’ve been inspired by a lot of stuff that’s not guitar music so ideas can also spur off using a new piece of gear like a synth or recording into tape machines/drum machines. Some songs have started with a bassline, I think it depends. Regardless of the inception of the idea the writing is always very collaborative.

3. What are your influences and what kind of music do you hear when you are at home?

We’re influenced by everything from music to films and books I think. But musically we are all over the place individually. Anything from Elliott Smith to EDM can be played back to back and be just as inspiring to us. What’s being played is constantly changing, we have a bit of musical ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) at times I would say.

4. Which is the one album you can't live without?

For all of us this answer would be very very different but I think the one we can definitely agree upon is Transatlanticism by Death Cab For Cutie.

5. What's the first record you've ever bought?

Green Album by Weezer, Dude Ranch by Blink 182 and Stankonia by Outkast.

6. Name a band that you would like to share the stage or tour with?

Minus The Bear. Our band started because of Minus The Bear.

7. Did the internet and specially the blogs helped to spread your music around the world? Name a place (country) that you were surprised to know your music has reached to?

Yeah absolutely. It’s cool to see how music is getting into new ears nowadays compared to even when we started in 2008. It’s a constantly changing place and it’s odd to try and keep up and pick up on what the next trend will be as far as what platform is up and coming. It can be overwhelming. To see our music doing so well in places we’ve never been, like Japan, is amazing to us, also other places in Asia as well and even Australia.

8. Do you support the idea of bandcamp where fans can decide the price or services like Spotify?

Being consumers ourselves we use those platforms a lot to find new music and support our friends. Spotify is more of an interesting topic to us than bandcamp, due to all the algorithms and stuff like that but ultimately it’s been an effective way for our band to get our music out to new people.

9. Where do you see yourselves in 10 years?

Making records only released onto floppy disk.

10. Is the artwork of an album important nowadays in the digital era?

To us it still is but to the average consumer it could be a different answer. The image can evoke an immediate indication of what the music or subject matter could be, but it also can be totally unrelated. Both methods can be effective

11. What is you favorite album cover?

The Sublime one with the guy with the back tattoo, all of The Smiths record covers, all Hannah Diamond single covers, Elliott Smith self titled, Weezer Pinkerton.

12. It seems that a lot of people are turning on vinyl again. Why do you think that is and which is your preferable media format?

It’s more physical than just buying an mp3. You get a really good look at how the artist wanted the entire collections of songs to be portrayed. The whole layout in hand while not really being able to skip ahead tracks makes for a much more immersive listen than on a Spotify playlist. Liner notes and special little details that only exist on the vinyl format are what make it all so special. We all love vinyl for sure. I love CDs still cause I drive a lot and it’s all I have in my car. Cassettes are great too. And I have an iPod classic I’m always updating and will never give up. It’s hard to say.

13. What's the most vivid story or moment as a band?

Being a band since 2008 and friends for even longer there are many vivid moments and stories. Most important ones being personal breakthroughs we’ve had together while writing or touring.Some of those moments are the ones we have to remember when things seem really bad.

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