theaussieword.com goes one on one with Andy from Vox Eagle!
Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music?
So Vox Eagle started in the back of a tour bus. Luke and I (Andy) were playing with another band doing and East coast West coast US tour and we started talking about working on some new Psych Dancey tunes. We had both grown up in musical households and playing since we could walk so love all the old stuff Beach Boys, Beatles, Stones, Zep so wanted to take some of those influences and make some tunes you could listen to at a party or driving a car on a hot summers day.
What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music?
Music motivates in itself. The relationship is non stop, I’m living (Andy) in a log cabin in the Colorado Rocky Mountains national park now so every day is focused around music. A walk up the mountain in the morning is a focus on lyrics. Days are working on songs and nights appreciating other musicians an reflecting on songs, listening to records or playlists.
I think as a musician I’ve always looked up to Jeff Buckley as a singer songwriter and a once in a lifetime artist. Robert Lowell as a poet certainly inspires from a lyrical senses.
I don’t know what id do if I wasn’t working on music, it pretty much consumes every thought from the moment I wake up to eyes shut still re working lyrics as I drift off to sleep.
What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?
A Grammy would be cool, but I would settle to be a career musician and just to get to do it (play, create, write) for the rest of my life. Just playing music and creating is the reward, the rest is a bonus.
Success, what is the secret to it?
Roll with the punches and never ever ever stop creating and working on your craft. Get better every day. Work work work work, never stop, never be complacent. Gratitude.
What’s been your biggest career highlight so far?
Waking up one morning and finding out they were playing No Sleep on Radio in Uganda and we had made it to number 2 on the hot 8 at 8. It was just so cool to think that people in Uganda were digging our tune and it had made its way onto a big radio station there. We really want to get over there now, maybe do some shows and shoot a video.
Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?
Jeff Buckley, Freddie Mercury, Bowie hmmm they’re all dead.. I respect anyone who is out there doing it grinding, making a living out of making music. That’s inspiring to me.
The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?
Making records and playing shows. That’s what I want to be doing for the next 20 years.
The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years, including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye?
Its great. I love it. You can make a song in your bedroom and without leaving have access to get it to the whole world hear it and decide on the songs fate.
You need to have tough skin though. Ive been brutalized by bloggers over songs before so you kinda have to just brush it off and keep creating.
The fact that you have access to get your songs to the world directly from the studio is incredible. The advancement in recording technologies in the last 20 years is incredible. It’s a great time to be alive and making music!
Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists.
Sia, Tame Impala, Sticky Fingers, Silverchair
What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour?
We’ve got two singles coming out in March/April and then an EP at the end of April. Were US based so will do some shows here once the EP is out and hopefully get to do some shows in Australia if we can gain some momentum there with the EP.
Tell us a bit about your latest record, how would you best describe your music?
Its very Psych Dance Pop. We recorded it all over the USA in Air BnBs we would rent and set up a mobile studio in. We did this because Luke was living in LA and I was living in NYC at the time so we would just rent an AirBnb in Colorado or Vegas or Woodstock and just set up and do these 3 or four day recording sessions to get the first EP done. I think we ended up recording around 20 ideas and then breaking down to 5 songs. We will keep some of the other songs for live and other records though.
When we started Vox Eagle we wanted it to be the kind of jams you could play at club or a party or a car so we wanted to keep it pretty upbeat.
The EP 5 tunes and we tried to keep em all pretty dancey. We had to boot a few ballads off the EP but they may appear again..
Any new projects in the pipeline?
The Vox Eagle EP and a full LP probably later in the year. A bunch of touring and Ive also got another EP coming out soon maybe April with another project Sound Casino.
Thanks for the interview! What’s your final message for us today?
Thanks for having us Brian! Thanks for taking time to check out No Sleep, we got plenty more songs coming out over the next few months so stay tuned!
Vox Eagle will be joining Brian Peel on #MorningShow989 in the coming weeks. STAY TUNED!