Interview: vega vi – Afternoon Daze

Afternoon Daze is the laid-back sunny afternoon song that invites you to rest in the comforting shadow of a tree while loosing yourself in daydreaming. A light breeze carries thoughts away while time stands still for a moment.

Hey vega vi, super nice to have the chance to chat with you. What first got you into music?

Thanks for having me!

When I was 12 years old I found my grandfathers guitar and started to teach myself to be able to accompany my singing. When I had poetry classes in school I started to write lyrics, then songs and got people on board to play them with me. It was the feeling of finding and creating a safe space that got me into music.

What do you think your role is in this world?

I think my role is to translate feelings, visuals, experiences into auditive creations in order to take the listeners on a timeless cinematographic sound travel.

Your latest track is ‘Afternoon Daze’. Can you share with us the background of its creation and did any unusual things happen during its creation?

This song was crafted in a transatlantic collaboration with the Australian musician Warwick McLeod. We met in Berlin through his brother who lived here at the time and reconnected when I traveled in Australia. He sent me a memo of the acoustic guitar that creates the base of the song. I was so inspired by the feeling of it, that I built the rest of the track around it. The guitar part felt warm, mellow, comforting and somewhat dreamy – an experience I tried to reflect in the lyrics and arrangement of Afternoon Daze. Via e-mail and Zoom-Sessions Warwick and I fine-tuned the track before I recorded live drums and finalised the track together with the Berlin-based producer Coco. So the process was unusual in the sense of my collaborator being at the other side of the world, in a different time zone and still connecting so much over a song we created together.

What is one message you would give to your fans?

My biggest struggle has always been to allow myself as an artists to take up space. The best advice I can give is to not wait for someone to give you that space, but to conquer it yourself. Don’t make yourself dependent of a producer, learn it yourself! If you have a vision start right now with baby steps and find people that want to support you and grow together with you.
This DIY-approach and self-release is not easy, it’s crazy much work, takes a lot of energy and you need a long breath. But this feeling of celebrating my first single release with Afternoon Daze and soon my EP release makes it all so much worth it.

How do you spend your time?

Right now I’m completely focused on music and my EP release. Currently I’m working on my live show for the upcoming release concert on September 2nd in Berlin. Afterwards I will move into my van with my gear and my music partner, tour in direction of Portugal and play some small gigs on the way. We are open for recommendations! Besides, we are producing music videos for the EP – it will be dreamy, mesmerising and trippy.

If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?

My secret answer would properly be Doja Cat, love her energy and sassiness. Otherwise I’d love to open for Elkka, Christine and the Queens or HAIM – all artists who are so inspirational to me because of how they make their visions come true, how they conquer the stage and their fearlessness.
What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as an artist?

I never stop moving and jump head first into unknown territory. Getting into producing has opened a new world for me with endless possibilities. DJing gives me a lot of energy and fun. Collaborating with other artists has also been super enriching for my creative output. Not just with other musicians but also visual artists. E.g. for the EP we produce music videos, amongst others with the 3D artist Zillion. The creative possibilities with this medium and artist has sparked ideas and visuals that haven’t crossed my mind before.

What is the biggest challenge of being an artist?

My creative output is very personal, so to make it public is a big step for me. The biggest challenge probably is to accept that not everybody will like it – but that’s ok. Because I’ve created a world of sound exactly how i envisioned it and that’s my biggest achievement already. If it then resonates with people and is able to invite them into that world then I’m the happiest person in the world.

What are your plans for the future?

For this release I’ve founded my own label Lemonrise Records. For the future I would like to use it as a platform to highlight talented musicians around me that maybe just need a little encouragement. Furthermore I’m planning a collaboration for an electronic EP. The future is colourful!

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