LOMM: Can you give a little biographical and historical info; who is involved in the band, and how did you guys meet up?
Tommy Vucur: Dear Instinct is the creative music drive for Jake Lowe and myself. Born and raised here Melbourne, Australia, we are no strangers to the Music industry (Over 26 years) I was a founding member of a Metal band and they still continue today. But I walked away 10 years ago… I wasn’t living my truth musically anymore. I’m proud of the 4 Albums I wrote with them. Jake was a member of that band also, that’s where Jake and I first started writing together and we haven’t stopped since… And Why ‘Dear Instinct’ was born. We write, compose, produce and engineer all our music, with no ceiling.
LOMM: Pandemic has taken an emotional toll on everyone yet the arts have been hit especially hard. The musicians are vulnerable to financial upheaval. How have you guys have been holding up?
Tommy Vucur: I agree it’s tough out there for anyone not just musicians. I’ve been away for 10 years and found my abundance in life and family away from the industry, so that’s been a blessing in disguise. Jake runs a business outside of the music industry and so do I. It’s all about family, balance and staying grounded.
LOMM: On the other hand you seem to have had a productive time. Is that right?
Tommy Vucur: Yeah, absolutely! Loving the X factor in writing and producing… we don’t care about genres, we care about good music. Our aim is to release a song every month this year. And we’ll take a left turn and the next song will take a right turn. Times are different now, we don’t think genres.
LOMM: So I shouldn’t ask about your genre then 🙂
Tommy Vucur: We don’t know our genre and we don’t think that way. Its music plain and simple.
LOMM: How did the initial musical and thematic elements evolve?
Tommy Vucur: To be honest, they are given to you as a gift. Your role is to be aware when it comes through you.
LOMM: Good answer, I have to say 🙂 Have you ever been on a tour? Given live performances? Is it tough for you not to be able to do so now?
Tommy Vucur: We toured a lot in Europe and Australia in the previous band. And miss all the techs, roadies and people from different cultures.
LOMM: What is the next step for you? How is the future looking?
Tommy Vucur: Is to get our music to the people 🙂
LOMM: Could you tell us about the lyrics / themes /concepts you focus on or plan to focus on? How did the ideas come about, and how do they influence the writing process? Who is writing the lyrics?
Tommy Vucur: At this point in time we are not interested in vocals over our music. One day if the right person comes along. The Music all starts with a melody and we just improvise from there. .. Let the music guide you. Like I said earlier… its gifted to you 🙂 just be aware and go with your instinct 🙂
LOMM: Who is composing the songs?
Tommy Vucur: Jake and myself.
LOMM: What bands do you draw your inspiration from?
Tommy Vucur: Van Halen, Journey and Peter Gabriel.
To be truthful… any good song from the 80’s inspires me.
LOMM: Which is more exciting? Being on the road or studio?
Tommy Vucur: Nothing beats the road! But I Love the Studio X Factor also.
LOMM: What first got you into music?
Tommy Vucur: My Father always had music on in the house. When I first held a guitar it felt different to any toys I played with as a kid. And then I discovered Eddie Van Halen magic 🙂 in the “beat it” guitar solo.
LOMM: What do you like the best about being a musician? And what is it that you do not like much?
Tommy Vucur: Love the X Factor of creating.
I don’t like Genre labeling. …I remove genres on my iPod and call it music 🙂
LOMM: I‘m totally with you on that one. The “industry” needs the genres, not us the listeners. So, if you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Tommy Vucur: Award shows! And Music charts.
LOMM: Yeah I hear you 🙂 What’s more important to you? Catering to the audience or music for its own sake?
Tommy Vucur: It comes through me to you.
LOMM: What is the most memorable gig that you have played to date?
Tommy Vucur: Rod Laver Arena, Here in Melbourne Australia, supporting Iron Maiden.
LOMM: When you look back your music career, what do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
Tommy Vucur: Finding and Living my truth.
LOMM: That would be my answer, too. Who would you like to collaborate with?
Tommy Vucur: Working on that as we speak… we’ll announce who it is, if it comes to light.
LOMM: Exciting! If you could play any festival in the world, which one would you choose? Tell us why.
Tommy Vucur: I have played Wacken.
LOMM: Oh, alright then 🙂 What does your collection look like? Mostly Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, Digital? A bit of everything? A total mess?
Tommy Vucur: IPod these days… The Vinyl I sold to people who are passionate about vinyl and protect it like a guard dog 🙂 my old tapes are boxed away in the garage, And my CD’s are in a cupboard in alphabetical order 🙂
LOMM: What is the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Tommy Vucur: A dozen Schnapps bottles with my picture’s as the label. Creative and thoughtful 🙂
LOMM: Ahahah great If you had one message to your fans, what would it be?
Tommy Vucur: Thank You 🙂 and we hope the music helps you feel alive and find’s a place in your life.
LOMM: Anything else you think your fans should know?
Tommy Vucur: The music is coming… We have So much to give you.
LOMM: Thank you for taking the time!