We had the chanse to ask a few questions to Davy Vain. check it out.
1. When recording your demo with Kirk Hammett, did you click musically, or did you use the musical differences as a catalyst for creating something new?
He was more into capturing what i was trying to do because i have such an unusual voice and he wanted to make sure that came across.
2. Which bands were your biggest influence, and which ones have the right to say they followed the style of Vain and do you proud?
My biggest influence is 70's black music like Isley Brothers, Curtis Mayfield, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Van Halen just to name a few. I think there are a couple of bands influenced by Vain but i don't wanna admit it.
3. Would you rather made it big, like Mötley and Guns for example, or are you pleased with the cult status you have among a smaller crowd in Europe?
I would rather liked to make it big and somehow made a cult status.
4. To follow up on the previous question, do you prefer a stadium filled with screaming half-fans, or a bar full of people who truly appreciate what you bring? Big thrills or heart-felt enjoyment?
i think the perfect scenario would be a week of stadiums and a week of bars and back to the stadiums and back to the bars until you couldn't do it anymore.
5. Music-wise, what era of your carreer gives you the greatest joy? The stuff that got you were you are now, or what you're working on now, still fresh and new?
Music is kinda like beautiful woman, you think back fondly on the ones you had in the past but the new hot chick i have which is Vain's new album has my full excitement and passion.
6. How did you live through the early days of the genre, as a fan or more as an aspiring musician? Can you give us a little insight in the entire scene?
If you're talking about our exact scene there was only a couple bands i really liked besides that i listen more to the classic stuff and concentrating on creating my own sound and not trying to conform to a "glam sound".
7. What are the advantages of working with musicians that did not necessarily grew up on the genre they actually play. How did that mix in your music?
I never played with anyone that doesn't understand what i'm trying to do.
8. How much of a control freak are you? Is it your way or the highway?
i'm a control freak but i also want everybody to be happy so i try to figure out how to get my way with everybody digging it. since i'm the songwriter i enjoy having other people's input. then i can decide how much i want. Being the songwriter automatically gives you enough control.
9. Can you still work up the same amount of energy you did in the past, before playing a gig? What are your motives to keep going after all those years?
i think i can. the only difference is when i used to get off stage i try to get as many girls that i could. now i just try to find the hottest one...HAHA.
10. Now that you're back out on the road with Vain, what are the plans for your solo stuff?
Vain is like a solo career since i write all the songs. the only reason we called that one album Davy Vain is because the tour we did for that we wanted to play all new material. And calling it Davy Vain instead of Vain made people understand why we are playing all songs from that album and not "no respect" songs.
11. Starting off later than most in this genre, how hard did you feel the blow grunge caused, and how did you react to it, on a personal and professional level?
Everyone in any genre before grunge felt as equally as bad. it was like being part of a religion and then people tell you there actually is no god. on a personel level i was more bumped that i couldn't share my music with other people so i decided to lay low for a while and build the studio and just make music behind the scenes for a year or so but continued making albums.
12. Presuming that you built up a social life, perhaps a family etc. over the years, how do you combine it with life on the road or just making music for a living?
the only family that i'm concerned with is the "family jewels"...HAHA. that's why i'm still doing it because i'm not worried about having family and kids.
13. How was playing Rocklahoma, which seems to be the biggest "revival" festival of the last few years?
Rocklahoma was really fun because i think that was the first festival to do that but i prefer headlining any size of venue.
14. Time for some quick-answer-stuff: Harley or Mustang?
15. Groupies or a decent conversation?
an entertaining group is always nice
16. Tourbus or big mansion, and that includes all the perks of both?
i go with the mansion then i fly to the gigs
17. Recording or performing?
right now recording because i'm in recording mode but when i'll see you i'm in performing mode
18. America or Europe?
19. Old school or new school?
20. Biggest musical revelation of the past decade?
people are realizing the older music is better
21. Any message for the people who will attend the show in Roeselare?
front row is where to be!!
Last Updated (Sunday, 20 February 2011 22:35)