Happy #MusicMonday! I'm still recovering from the long weekend, how about you? I decided to take off Friday instead of today because there is always something to write about for #MusicMonday. However, I did post a couple of new interviews with Emmy winning entertainment reporter Chris Van Vliet and stand-up comedian Jeff Dye. Check it out here.
For this today's post, I'm featuring a Q&A I did with The Vaudevillian, a group of musicians with a cool sound, over the summer. Check it out below:
What's the deal with your name and when did you start making super cool music together?
The Vaudevillian name originated when Jitterbug James was 15 after he was given a record player from his grandma along with old records like Lead Belly and Woody Guthrie and fell in love with the ways of that old music. He wanted more and kept finding these long, lost Vaudeville records. The genre, Vaudeville originated in a place where there was bawdy drinking and performing of all live art performances and it translates directly to, "voice of the city." Jitterbug James wanted to be the voice of these lost tunes and to bring them back rearranged with his own musical flare to the city.
James met Norah on the shore of Port Elgin at a flea market. She was with her grandma and after swimming in the lake was on the hunt for old antiques, what she found instead was a busking gentleman who couldn't keep his eyes off of her. After fumbling a few of his words in his song, Norah's grandma nudged her to talk to him. They ended up talking in the water of the lake for that whole night straight and fell in love. Since them meeting, they stayed in touch through letters and met for tea often. It then came to the point they couldn't be away from me another and they moved in together and began making music together along with a family of furry pets. As Norah had been a rock drummer in a previous band, and growing up with her grandma in a trailer park with grandma washing clothing with a washboard, everything fit together perfectly.
I think you have a unique sound. Have you been tempted to change it in order to fit in with "mainstream artists"?
We would never alter our music to be anything like mainstream music.
You released a new album not long ago. What was the response from both your community and all of your followers?
Our newest record, Bringing Satan Down, was recorded on an 8 track using 1/2 IN tape and is far better than any of our last 5 records, even put together. Before we released it, we sold 400 in a month only in small towns, not in the four towns we were doing a cd release in. We're now up to 1000 records sold and we haven't even released it officially in all 4 towns. We decided to sell at least 10,000 records this year and we will! We've had such great support from our followings, and having a kickass team; BadTaste Music Agency based out of Austria as our managers, Busted Flat Records as our label, and Sarah French as our publicist has given us a strong backing of the band. We couldn't be more thrilled for what's to come!
The one thing that stands out to me from this Q&A is their answer to the questions regarding fitting in with mainstream artists. I've seen way too many big name artists (*cough* Hedley and their single Lose Control *cough*) do this.
l wish The Vaudevillian continued success and look forward to seeing what they do next!