We interviewed musician VDXi following the release of ‘Vulnerable Rebellion’. Enjoy now!
Hi VDXi, what is your earliest music memory?
I remember listening to music on cassette tapes when I was very young (about three years old). My father would record ‘hit-songs’ on his tapes from various radio stations. But there were no labels. I didn’t actually know what I was listening to.
Who or what got you into music?
Again, being a very young child, I would go to my grandparents’ house in the summer. They had this old upright piano in the house (still working well, but nobody playing it). I was fascinated with it. I remember being able to playback simple melodies I had heard with one finger on that piano (age four or something). Reportedly my parents asked me, “How do you do that”? To which I replied, “What? You mean you can’t?” Later I trained my self by ear having some toyish small keyboards like the Yamaha PSS-12.
Later, I discovered Vangelis and got really fascinated by that man. He is my greatest ‘teacher’, through listening to his music.
Who influenced your superb release ‘Vulnerable Rebellion’?
I was trying to get the sound and feel of an Electric Guitar. I had never done that successfully. So it started as a guitar programming experiment.
Vulnerable Rebellion’ features a wonderful female vocal, who did you work with on the project?
That’s not actually a person (though I’d probably love to collaborate with a real singer). Those are overly processed multi-layer vocal samples from various libraries.
‘What is your songwriting process?’
I actually start with most often with programming a playable “jam-track” which includes drums and a bassline. It’s playable because it dynamically reacts to my chord inputs on the keyboard. After this, I’ll usually be doing some sound design to fit the drums and bass.
I keep adding elements to my playable jam-track such as guitar rhythms or other background stuff. Then I start to improvise melodies in realtime while ‘playing’ the jam-track with my left hand and pedals. Once something good comes out, I start repeating it over and over until I have a structure I’m happy with.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Well, realistically speaking I’m most probably never going to meet Vangelis. I’m on Kompoz.com; I think I have maybe one collab there with some artists I don’t personally know. The thing I did with Fivos was also very spontaneous. I was simply moved by his piano composition. But I actually did that on my own, playing the piece by ear.
Other than music, what are you passionate about?
I design computer chips for a living. I also love programming and techy stuff in general. It’s always a pleasure to read/see videos of maths, physics, and science in general. YouTube is a marvel in that regard.
What changes would you like to see in the music business?
I know almost nothing about the music business. I’m not in the business, and very few people know my music. I’m not doing it for commercial success, but I’d love to make it more widely known. Most of it is free to download anyway.
How do you feel about how the internet plays a role in the music business today?
I think it is both an opportunity and a big challenge. Modern technology has certainly made it easier for more people to create and express themselves, which is really good. However, this also means that there is an explosion of content out there.
If you could choose one thing for fans to take away from your music, what would it be?
It is very difficult to expect something, in this regard. I hope that some people can associate my compositions with something personal. I hope that they find a message that they need, or like. It’s also great if they simply feel more relaxed upon listening.
FVMusicBlog February 2021
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