We caught up with musician VICTOR ALEXEEFF, following the release of his superb album, ‘Classics Unleashed’. Read the full interview now!
Hi Victor, Tell us about yourself?
My mom might get upset if I talk about myself… she said it’s not good to brag about yourself – but here’s my website … which has a bunch of stuff 😉
What is your songwriting process?
It changes over time. It seems best when ideas come to you inspirationally. And, at times, you can catch something that resonates. From that point on, it’s more crafting and painting with sound until you have a complete work that satisfies you… and hopefully, others who hear your works.
Tell us about your latest release, ‘Classics Unleashed’?
I thought it would be an interesting thought experiment. What would the genius masters from the past do with all the cool tech instruments we have today. It’s hard to know, but it was something that I thought I could play with and still pay great respect to the masters.
What was it like to study at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto?
I practically grew up there. I started going there from the age of 7 and knew every square inch of that gothic building – and everyone that worked or taught there. It was definitely old school: high standards, very strict and competitive. They expected you to be the best you could be – no excuses.
What draws you to the synth-indie rock genre?
For me, it seems so wide open. I feel like a kid in a candy store.
What message do you think your music conveys to your fans?
Really, I hope it is something that is distinctively personal to them and, for a brief moment, they forget about everyday problems and are somewhere else.
Who are your musical influences?
Too many to mention – it’s continual.
Who are your non-musical influences?
Spock and Bugs Bunny
What do you think are the biggest obstacles for bands/artists today?
Getting their music heard.
What advice would you give to other bands/artists today?
When you’re way down, you can only go up. When you’re way up, you can only go down. Life is a rollercoaster ride. Hang on and enjoy the ride… it could be bumpy!
What are your hopes for the next two years?
That we have a real alien encounter – and hopefully, they don’t want to eat us.
FVMusicBlog June 2022
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