LOMM: Can you give a little biographical and historical info; who is involved in the band, and how did you guys meet up?
VAYA: well this flow/project since it started has crossed the path of many people. Today we are two, Raph Mtx and myself driving this boat for building the second opus of VAYA.
How we met? It was written for sure! I should not live there, But something pushed me to go living for a period in this empty house . I decided to introduce myself to the nearest and only music shop of this village/city in Switzerland and took a business card that was not about music but I clearly felt that I have to take it. I called and Raph was answering. Right away the conversation went through music and it is how things started.
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?
VAYA: I dont know. If I keep my eyes on the actual drama I will probably generate negative vibrations in all things I am doing. We try to move on on positive exchanges, ideas, driving this project to the next level with wisdom and determination. I clearly hope that love will help humanity to go through this situation.
LOMM: On the other hand you seem to have had a productive time. Is that right?
VAYA: 🙂 We were lucky to travel to Japan before all this story began, for creating a short movie about one of our song called SEXUAL. This collaboration between Canada and Japan was just amazing. Then we had and still have all the post production process before going on stage with it. So it is still a productive time on different level; musical color, visual color etc…. And then build the live is such a huge work to do:)
LOMM: Tell us about your genre, what does it means to you, why did you choose this genre?
VAYA: I think that VAYA « genre » has been drawn by itself. We do not claim any genre I would say it is more about a sound color: loud drums, native/instinctive vibrations, classical backgrounds, experimental dimensions.
LOMM: How did the initial musical and thematic elements evolve?
VAYA: Concerning the soul of the white wolf, it is still more and more running in my blood. Concerning the instrumental part it has clearly evolved in an unexpected way because we are just open to new experiences without any limits.
LOMM: Are you happy with your product? What aspects of it do you think you guys nailed, and what parts do you think you could improve upon?
VAYA: I just feel that we are on the right wave…
LOMM: How has the overall reception been?
VAYA: Concerning the short-movie about SEXUAL it has been selected in several festival film:) And received an Award in Montreal: such a beautiful gift!
LOMM: Have you ever been on a tour? Given live performances? Is it tough for you not to be able to do so now?
VAYA: We really enjoy the East Europe tour that promoted the first double album. Now? I don’t feel missing the stage simply because I need to work on the next level for it:D
LOMM: What is the next step for you? How is the future looking?
VAYA: It is hard talking about futur plan but in a « perfect » world, we should be able to realize the physical version of this Opus starting this year and hoping being on stage in Japan next year for sharing this lovely jewel.
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?
VAYA: Usually I always have my leather book with me when I know/feel that something is coming up:) It is like feeling the wind coming back into your feathers. Then I am a receiver or like a sponge translating what is surrounding me on lyrics and musical expressions. It is about humanity, human being, Universal laws, Nature, Emotions.
LOMM: Who is composing the songs?
VAYA: God? 😀 I will say a strong and tied collaboration between univers and me that I/we have the pleasure to share with other one to empower the whole.
LOMM: What bands do you draw your inspiration from?
VAYA: I don t have a band in mind more charismatic singer/musician such as Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, etc..
LOMM: Which is more exciting? Being on the road or studio?
LOMM: What first got you into music?
VAYA: I don’t know, I am born with it.
LOMM: What do you like the best about being a musician? And what is it that you do not like much?
VAYA: I love all the part of it:)))) Feeling able to be creative is such a gift! I am always super grateful to Universe for that.
LOMM: If you weren’t musicians, what would you be doing?
VAYA: I will clearly feel missing a part of me. But I will continue into painting and healing.
LOMM: If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
VAYA: I don’t know if it was really better before or not. I just feel that all the faces are dissolved into a big abstract painting: we don’t remember names, musics etc… is it too fast? Are the stars dying/ disappearing/ being replaced too easily? Where is the soul of music today? Yes, where is the soul of it?
I just feel that we are missing the essence of it today.
LOMM: What’s more important to you? Catering to the audience or music for its own sake?
VAYA: For me it is clearly connected to each one so hard to answer one or another.
LOMM: What is the most memorable gig that you have played to date?
VAYA: I am on the way to live it:D
LOMM: When you look back your music career, what do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
VAYA: Being still a believer
LOMM: Who would you like to collaborate with?
VAYA: I would say Jack White , if he is not too busy;)
LOMM: If you could play any festival in the world, which one would you choose? Tell us why.
VAYA: Yes, the Burning Man!
LOMM: What does your collection look like? Mostly Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, Digital? A bit of everything? A total mess?
VAYA: I try to develop my vinyl collection. I grown in listening to my mom’s vinyl every Sunday and I loved it!
LOMM: You can invite 5 people to a dinner party, from the future, the past, rock stars, a movie characters, you name it. Who are you having dinner with?
VAYA: Elon Musk, Jim Morrison, Queen Elisabeth and Willem Dafoe.
LOMM: Hahah very interesting J
What is your weirdest memory in your music career?
VAYA: When the sound engineer left angry during the sound check without any reasons, Then in the middle of the live he came back for fighting with the guy who was trying helping the situation on the mixer.
LOMM: If you had one message to your fans, what would it be?
VAYA: Continue to listen to good good music and support us please; we are a team together making music staying alive!
LOMM: Anything else you think your fans should know?
VAYA: WE LOVE YOU!
LOMM: Thank you for taking the time!
VAYA : Thanks to you.