Posted December 29, 2021 by Mike Mineo in Interviews

Interview with Vectralux

Below is our interview with Vectralux, featured recently with the track “Hidden Days.” Band members Han and Andy took time to answer.

From the lush power-pop of “To Be Untitled” to the synth-laden rock frenzy of “Almost Whenever Now,” Each Morning and the Morning Thereafter consumes throughout, with plenty of tonal variety. Was there a particular album, artist, or literary inspiration that had a special influence on the release?

HAN: Thanks! To answer your question, no – the album originated organically from just ife experiences. The “tonal variety” is a result of the honest place the songs came from. However, I have always admired bands that do not stay in one style so their influence are always there – The Beatles, The Clash, Spoon

ANDY: It’s also a function of how we worked together. All of us contributed arrangement ideas, sound ideas. Han’s songs naturally pointed in a direction – at least to me.

The album releases on vinyl in February. What’s your most beloved vinyl record in your collection?

HAN: First pressing of The Clash London Calling

ANDY: Original pressing of Miles Davis’ “Bitches’ Brew”

Do you have any trip recommendations for a music fan visiting Atlanta for the first time?

H: Hang out in EATL or L5P (Wax n Facts/Criminal Records) , Try to catch a show at Variety Playhouse or The Tabernacle

A: The Trap House museum is a must. Don’t neglect the ‘burbs for your vinyl/crate digging needs!

What was the first album you heard that had a strong impact, either artistically or personally?

H: The Vapors – New Clear Days

A: Who’s Next

Do you have a specific process or ritual when creating new music?

H: Sit on the guitar until I find chords that sound good, create a tentative melody, work on “what’s the hook?” I believe we are an antenna, and some higher power delivers the good but the antenna has to be raised up. That’s the way I raise the antenna

A: I’m nowhere near as prolific as Han, but I have a flow of little ideas and riffs constantly going. So I keep a list of random (and I do mean random) song or album titles and another list of lyric fragments. When I sit down to play I’ll peruse the lists and see if anything hits.

Any favorite artists or albums you’re listening to at the moment?

H: Holiday music, end of year lists, Geese, the Monkees (RIP Mike Nesmith), The Jam

A: Been spinning Urge Overkill a good bit. Looking forward to their new release.

If you could collaborate with any artist, alive or dead, who would it be?

H: Elvis Costello. Or John Lennon

A: Thundercat or Gram Parsons.

What do you find is the most satisfying part of being an artist?

H: Creating and having people react to it

A: I like that part. But I enjoy the making part more.

What is the biggest challenge you find in today’s music industry?

H: While it’s easier than ever to record and release, the fact that it is so easy means there is too much out there to search through. Are the next Beatles a band in the middle-of-nowhere Canada that put their Revolver on Bandcamp and no one but their friends and family have heard it?

A: Agreed. Getting heard above the tumult is a challenge for any given artist. Especially if you don ’t want to hire a video production crew.

What’s upcoming for the project?

H: The EP.

A: Yep. We’re recording an EP right now. And you mentioned the vinyl release, which we will find an excuse to celebrate. So stay tuned.

Mike Mineo

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