About The Band:
For any of our readers who are unfamiliar with yourselves tell us a little bit about your band.
Phil: It’s rock, hard-rock band, very punchy and dynamic based on the North American Indians.
V.VAYA: Hey Rock’N Load and Co. First thank you for this interviewJ Well we are three high and strong heads carrying on our shoulders the blow of ameridian rock called VAYA: A Legend from the elders, The white wolf, combined with our way of expressing music: so It’s loud, strong, powerfull, stigmatizing : how to feel your roots!
What was your earliest memory of music that peaked your interest?
RAPHAEL: My father is playing the slide trombone in an orchestra.
Phil: When I was a child, my neighbors who lived on the first floor, played the guitar and the bass and when I heard them playing, that’s when I wanted to start the guitar!
- VAYA: Before being on Earth? Yes for sure!
Who was the first album / single you purchased?
RAPHAEL : Offspring, Americana
Phil: I think it was an album of Iron Maiden “Live After Death”, I saw it many times in a shop and when I saw the sleeve, I was like:”Wow, that must be a great band!” And yes, I really liked it so much!
- VAYA: good question. I clearly don’t remember. Probably the Beatles but not sure (It s been a hard day’s night)
When did you first pick up your respective instrument / or start singing?
Phil: When I was 12.
RAPHAEL: I’ve started the classical percussions at 7, and the drums at 15 years old.
- VAYA: 3 years old.
What route did you take with your music / instrument / lessons / music school / self-taught and any fond memories of that journey?
RAPHAEL : I have passed my certificate in classical percussions, and then I have develop my drums skills. I had the opportunity to go to the Tech Music School in London (UK) to develop my drums skills. It has been a big step for my play.
Phil: I went to a few music schools near my area to learn the guitar and the bass.
- VAYA: first, classical background then eclectic schools.
Who were your hero’s as a young musician that inspired and pushed you to want to be a musician too?
Phil: Many bands and many musicians, specially guitar players, I have many guitar hero in many different styles: Rock, blues, hard-rock, heavy metal, jazz, funk, fusion etc.
RAPHAEL : My first teacher, Stephane Borel, who teached me how to love the music. Then, I have made my own opinion of the music business and the perseverence I had to follow.
- VAYA: Opera
Is there one particular album or song that gave you a “Eureka” moment from your youth that made you want to be a musician?
RAPHAEL : not really.
Phil: I don’t really know, I wanted to start the guitar, coz I saw many people playing the guitar but I don’t remember a particular album!
V VAYA: Music was and is my daily “Eureka”
What was the best gig you’ve ever attended?
RAPHAEL : Coldplay in Zurich (CH)
Phil: It was “Extreme” I saw them last year and they were so amazing, the way they played, the power and the energy they had on stage was awesome!!!!
- VAYA: I never was attended probably because I would be disappointed. But I was a lot of time following the flow of passionate auditors and one of the good concert I remember was Radiohead in London; great show and energy
Do you have any musical guilty pleasures?
Phil: Yeah I always enjoy playing on stage and watching other bands playing wether I know them or not.
RAPHAEL : Sometimes I listen pop music such as Taylor Swift or Miley Cyrus (hahaha)
- VAYA: Listen to my son’s songs? And even I am not feeling guilty to be a captivated audience in front of my son’s voice. J
So any new music in the works currently or just released?
Phil: Yeah we work on new songs and new ideas.
RAPHAEL : For now, we are promoting the double album. There will be more videoclip from these music. Beside of that we are working on the next album. But we take our time.
- VAYA: Here, in Toronto, new VAYA songs are born and so the second album is in process.
Where and when did you record it?
RAPHAEL : The double album has been recorded in Switzerland between Geneva and Vevey.
How does the song writing process generally work for you?
Phil: Well, first I need to have an idea about the song I’m about to write, if it’s gonna be a happy, sad or love, romantic song, then I find the key and I try to create a nice melody.
RAPHAEL : I add my drums after listening to the first demos. I am lucky to be 100% free to play as I would like.
- VAYA: Ideas are coming by theirselves in my mind days and nights. So thanks my leather book and thanks Watsapp technology with the vocal notes 😉 I also have specific time I decid to receive my muses. I seat down in a place and begin to writing down and it’s coming with a regular flow, each instrument and vocal, it’ s really pleasant.
What route have you taken to build up and establish a fan base locally & beyond your local area?
Phil: We made a Facebook page, with lot of photos of our shows, video clips, information about our next events and plans.
RAPHAEL : We worked had. We stay as much professional as we can in the venues. It helps to be remembered.
What is the music scene like locally to you and where do you fit in?
RAPHAEL : I don’t feel that VAYA is local band. The project is born in Switzerland, but now it is established in Canada.
Phil: Well, in my area, there aren’t music scene, so I have to move to other towns to go jam or make concerts.
Do you feel there are enough venues around you to help promote and establish up and coming bands like yourself?
RAPHAEL : Yes, I feel good about that. There are a lot of venues around the world.
Phil: Yes there are a few venues but it’s not so easy to find a venue to go play, we gotta be patient!
V.VAYA: The world is quiet big enough J
What would you like to see ideally to help hard working bands / artists get better exposure and opportunities to make a living form their craft?
Phil: Well, to find gigs easier, with better conditions and opportunities.
RAPHAEL : It’s hard to answer. I think it’s a political question. I mean that they could help the artists in different ways.
- VAYA: more contest opportunities and “opened mind” festivals for new vibes not only the known one. And why not a bridge between the educative part going to the professional part. Sensitize the new bands about the profession and crossing the line with strong mind to go on stage as a worker and being considered as a professional.
What is the best piece of advice you have received on your journey thus far?
Phil: On the journey, nothing particular but in the past people and the teachers told me to work hard, to find my way, what I wanted to do and to be!
RAPHAEL : Don’t stop working hard! I still apply it.
- VAYA: be yourself.
What would you say has been the biggest lesson you have learnt on your journey to date? With the music industry always constantly changing – how have you had to adapt to the ever-changing landscape?
RAPHAEL : Don’t expect a lot from the venues. Do your job good and sell your CD’s.
Phil: It was when I went to a jazz-funk concert, the musicians played really well and I was so impressed by the level they have!
I don’t know, I always played what I wanted and what I like!
- VAYA: be like the water: adaptable
Does the introduction of New Technology / Digital Age / Social Media etc enhance your life as a musician or do you feel it can be more of a hindrance?
Phil: I don’t know, it can be good in a way and bad in another!
RAPHAEL : I think it helps, although it takes a lot of time to do it well. Thanks to Instagram, we have been discovered in Canada before touring there.
- VAYA: it is connecting faster people, Sounds good.
So moving forward what’s next for you?
Phil: We have many plans, going on tour again, travelling, writing new songs and recording new albums.
RAPHAEL : After almost 40 shows in 8 countries between Europe and North America, we are planning a three weeks Tour in North America in April 2019, and a one month Europe Tour between July and August 2019, in order to promote the double album. We will also add more samples for the live shows to get more powerful sounds on stage. After all that, we can start the recording of the next album.
How do you see the evolution of the band / yourself as an artist?
RAPHAEL : I feel that we have the opportunity to grow up well. We just have to do it right.
Phil: We’re gonna play in many different new places, make new songs, travel all around the world, meet new people and always having so much fun by playing together!
- VAYA: we are rooting something really strong.
Do you have any short-term or long-term goals in mind?
RAPHAEL : To be on tour as much as possible in order to promote VAYA around the world.
Phil: Keep playing as long as I can!
- VAYA: stay focus and keep it going
If you could tour with any band or artists who would that be?
RAPHAEL : I would say Twenty One Pilots, or Coldplay.
- VAYA: Jack White