ROKKERSPRESS INTERVIEWS | January 2022


|| VAYA ||

1) What made you want to become a musician?
Hi there! That is a good question. There is a part of not having another way to express myself through singing when I was kid building a inner world really silent. Singing was a healing process to not falling into a deep eternal silence. Then my mother opened me a door through music when I was 3-4 years old, probably she felt or saw something in me and send me into classical learning at this young age. My theory is that it is simply my destiny.

2) How would you describe the music that you typically create?
Unique. It is a deep «soul effect». Being able to express outside of your self real deep colors, vibrations, emotions from you, the world around, the interaction between both is clearly a huge work because you have to stay authentic. No lie with yourself, no lie with the others. You have to feel strong to assume that on your shoulders. So I would say that my sound is deep.

3) Did your style evolved since the beginning of your carrer? Or did you always followed that stream?
Of course, as my Life this is a part of living here down: evolution!

4) Do you create music for yourself or for fans’ taste? Nowadays it is always hard to satisfy listeners.
I answer to the «Creator call».

5) Does your outfit have anything to do with the music you listen to or play?
Yes you are always influenced by things around you like a sponge and you transform it into another way because you put a part of your «print» in it.

6) What is the biggest problem you have encontoured in the journey of music?
No problem without solution. Sometimes technics: instruments or software.

7) Who’s your ideal artist to collaborate with and why?
Jim Morrison or Jack White? Why? Jim because is trueful, Jack because there is a piece of rough into his way of being.

8) If you were a CD/album, what would you be and why?
Crystal Ship, The Doors. Because it is «THE Doors».

9) What artist would you recommend to a person who is undecided about what listening to?
Todays moods will be NIN and Queen of the Stone Age.

Have a beautiful 2022 YEAR.

Love, VAYA.


|| THE SIMPLE RADICALS ||

1) What made you want to become a musician?
I’ve been playing music virtually my entire life. First as a drummer and then as a guitarist. I grew up listening to classic rock like UFO, AC/DC, Zeppelin, Petty, Pearl Jam to name a few. As soon as I started listening to those bands, I knew I wanted to be a musician.

2) How would you describe the music that you typically create?
We’re a retro-classic rock band that infuses the sounds of some of our favorite bands including Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Green Day, Cheap Trick and Tom Petty. You can check us out on:
YouTube: The Simple Radicals
Spotify: The Simple Radicals
Facebook: The Simple Radicals
Twitter: The Simple Radicals
Instagram: The Simple Radicals
Website: The Simple Radicals

3) Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career? Or did you always follow that stream?
I’ve always been a classic rock guy, so my style of music has really stayed the course. We branched out recently in the true “indie” sense where we collaborated with an amazing husband/wife duo called Che-Val on a re-imagination of Jefferson Airplane’s iconic song White Rabbit.

4) Do you create music for yourself or for fans’ taste? Nowadays it is always hard to satisfy listeners.
I’d have to say I create music primarily for myself, but you certainly can’t discount what your fans like and tend to gravitate to. Our fans like the driving rock tunes but they also like our ballads. So, so far we’re working in tandem.

5) Does your outfit have anything to do with the music you listen to or play?
I’m the primary songwriter of the band but everything I write goes through my fellow Radical and lead guitarist John Griffin. We have similar tastes in music and style and is a great sounding board.

6) What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
Being a rock band I wish there were more platforms that play new rock. No doubt that creates more of a challenge to break through and get our music heard. But we have a great publicity and marketing team who’ve been very diligent and creative to get our music heard. We’ve been very fortunate on that front.

7) Who’s your ideal artist to collaborate with and why?
Eddie Vedder is my musical hero. I’m mesmerized with his writing and try to capture the messaging, passion and energy that he does in his songs. If I can even come within a million miles of that I’d consider it a success.

8) If you were a CD/album, what would you be and why?
I’d be UFO’s “Lights Out” album. One of my favorite albums of all time that combines some of the best vocals, song structures, and shredding guitar.

9) What artist would you recommend to a person who is undecided about what listening to?
You must check out this jam band called Goose. They are on fire and touring across the country selling out venues. Incredible musicians, vocals, and energy. Probably one of the hottest bands in the U.S. right now.


|| HOLDING POISON ||

1) What made you want to become a musician?
Matt: I think having a musical family was a big aspect of it. My parents started me off on the clarinet when I was around 6 years old, I did stop around the age of 8 or 9. It wasn’t until I was 13 that I picked up the guitar and the fun started!  
Jack: My dad always had music on in the house growing up so I was exposed to it all from a super young age. I had a little 3/4 size nylon string guitar since I was about 3 that I’d mess about on so I guess that’s where I caught the bug. 

2) How would you describe the music that you typically create?
It’s mainly Hard rock/Rock music, we have the ability to take it elsewhere but maybe that will be just on the stand-alone singles. Who knows! 

3) Did your style evolved since the beginning of your carrer? Or did you always followed that stream?

Matt: in regards to writing i’ve tried different things using programs like logic. There is no harm in trying to create a different sound/ different vibe, that’s what music is about in some aspects and you can also sometimes transfer that back to what you prefer to play. 
Jack: My musical tastes change almost by the hour and I always seem to channel that into my playing/writing style, I think that kind of thing should always be evolving. Otherwise, you might end up with 3 albums of songs that sound the same. 

4) Do you create music for yourself or for fans’ taste? Nowadays it is always hard to satisfy listeners.
I think in regards to this band ‘Holding Poison’ it’s for us initially, that’s why we’ve enjoyed it so much as we have no rules on what we should and shouldn’t do. 

5) Does your outfit have anything to do with the music you listen to or play?
Matt: I always wear all black or white and black so I guess it matches the style I listen to or play. 

Jack: I’m big on the loud, oversized 90’s esque shirts and I did grow up listening to a lot of 90’s indie so I guess so.

6) What is the biggest problem you have encontoured in the journey of music?
Matt: Lack of funds… music is a very expensive hobby but it is what it is. 

Jack: Nobody gets into music to make money… other than that, just plateauing. I think a lot of musicians go through periods where you feel like you’re not getting any better which can be a bit disheartening. But one day something will just click and you’re back on top form.

7) Who’s your ideal artist to collaborate with and why?

Matt: I think mine would be someone like Dave Grohl, The guy is a machine and from a learning perspective I think it would be great! 

Jack: It’s a bit out of our genre but I’ve really been into the new Bruno Mars/Anderson Paak album, would be cool to do something with those guys as they’re both great musicians. Bruno Mars does have some rockier stuff so who knows…

8) If you were a CD/album, what would you be and why?
We do share a name with a track on the last Foo Fighters album…

9) What artist would you recommend to a person who is undecided about what listening to?
Matt: first I’d say Holding Poison but I’m biased… apart from that I personally always go for something that’s easy listening if I’m not sure what to listen to, something like John Mayer for example.
Jack: Vulfpeck’s a good go to for me.

[In collaboration with ROGUE PR]


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