A Q&A with Vulgarithm
Groovy riffs, phat beats – they call it ‘Riff Rave’. From the East Midlands, here’s Andy from Vulgarithm…
What’s the title of your latest release, and what does it mean to you?
The latest release is a second part in a trilogy called ‘Share if you Disagree’. All EPs have a very different sound in the hope that I discover a solid identity. The freedom in sound is invigorating, and Vulgarithm is starting to figure itself out.
What was the hardest part about putting this release together, and why?
Making it sound big. The songs themselves are solid, but making sure they sound huge is very important, and by huge I mean as if you would hear it live, not compressed and processed.
What do enjoy most about producing your own material?
It gives me full control what to put in the songs, small edits etc. I also know exactly how I want something to sound, and not many people can recreate it.
What do you want the listener to take away from listening to your music?
I want the listener to escape whilst they listen. There are so many variations in theme across all my songs but the ultimate aim is to let people leave reality for a split second and forget their troubles.
How does a track normally come together? Can you tell us something about the process?
Always starts with a big riff or synth idea, if that’s catchy then I put more layers around it. I listen in the car and if it sounds awesome without melody then I sing along. A few more journeys then the melody takes shape, once that’s down I can focus on the lyrics. The car test is very important!
What band/artists have influenced you the most since you started this project, and why?
90s dance acts such as The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim etc played a huge part. I found it interesting to then put big riffs alongside those ideas. My teenage years were heavily influenced by early 2000s metal so that bouncy feel works well with the earlier dance ideas.
What countries would you like to tour? Are there any standout venues you’d like to play in?
Anywhere really, especially as Vulgarithm has only been in existence during a Covid/Brexit World. Clubs and festivals are the dream, I don’t know how well my music would fit arenas just yet.
If you could pick one track for our readers to listen to in order to get a taste of your music, what would you pick, and why?
‘”Hat in the Ring’ was the first song I wrote under Vulgarithm. It’s about coming out of old musical projects and reinventing myself with a new sound, even though it’s an old song compared to others it encompasses all the traits that make Vulgarithm different.
What ambitions do you have for the band/your career?
To survive on playing fun gigs till I die. Obviously being the biggest band in the world is fun, but as long as I’m only doing the fun things to earn a living, then I don’t care.
Finally, as you leave the stage, what are your parting words?
One… last… time:
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