PREMIERE: Vicky-T “Hollow”

Going solo is an act of bravery. Vicky-T (real name Victoria Asher) has taken flight from home base, exiting as keyboardist for the dance-pop band Cobra Starship. In her first solo effort, Vicky-T takes center stage, showcasing her delicate, effervescent voice in a series of pop songs made for floating on a giant pineapple in the pool.

“Hollow,” Vicky-T’s latest single, utilizes a synth beat and steady rhythm to keep the song light, in spite of a darker undertone. She says of the single, “This song is about being completely void of emotion and unintentionally hurting people along the way. I made this one with two of my best friends Darian Zahedi and Jantine Heij. One of my favorite tracks I’ve done thus far.”

Take a listen to “Hollow” below:

AF: Tell us about Vicky T, the solo artist. What kind of music are you focused on making? What’s the vibe like? 

VICKY T: Most these songs stemmed from heartache I had to process over the last few years. I wanted to make a project that was synthy and fun but with an openness to whatever genre felt right. I have been writing with a lot of different song writers and it has been inspiring. Working with so many people, it’s fun to try out different genres! Vibe is? Fun. I just want the songs to be fun and easy to listen to! I’m not trying to get too deep over here!

AF: What was the production process like on “Kryptonite?” Did you go in with the music in your head or was there a lot of collaboration?

VT: This was a collaboration with my friends Henk Kooistra and Jantine Heij. We all worked on the song together and the overall sound. The production was finalized as well by my good friend Ben Romans. Was an awesome combining of talents!

AF: The music video is a lot of fun, but also looks incredibly intricate in terms of set design and overall production. How involved were you in the story boarding?

VT: I had been a fan [of director Raul Gonzo] for quite a while. I was thrilled when he was down to work together after I DMed him on Instagram. From there the two of us sent various video clips and visuals back and forth that inspired us for weeks leading up to the shoot. It was incredible to see the sets he had built from our exchanges when I arrived to his studio in Sacramento. He’s so talented and fun to work with.

AF: Has the transition from member of Cobra Starship to solo artist been difficult?

VT: Very difficult. From being a part of a team with everything set up: label, management, band mates, etc. to just relying on yourself is an extremely hard transition. After struggling for almost a year to get things started just after the band ended, I was ready to give up. I really have my good friend Clifford Goilo to thank for my music coming together. We met at a party BMG had in Los Angeles, he was visiting from Amsterdam. He told me that if I came to Amsterdam he’d give me all the studio time I wanted. His words were true – I flew out there and he had me in sessions every single day and I left with a body of work. I am so grateful for him – I may not have made any music at all had it not been for him believing in me.

AF: How have live performances gone? Is it strange being front and center?

VT: I have yet to perform live as a solo artist. I did when I was 16 with my first band but it’s been a long time since then! I think it is going to be a bit terrifying at first. I enjoyed hiding behind a keytar and allowing Gabe (our singer) to take over the stage. To be in charge of an audience is quite an intimidating thing to think about for me.

AF: What can fans expect from a Vicky-T show?

VT: I wish I could answer this but I am not sure currently. I’m trying to work it all out at the moment. In the process of looking for band mates should you know anyone!

AF: What do you have spinning on the regular right now?

VT: Toro y Moi, Børns, Christine and the Queens and Ben Platt seem to be my go-tos lately.

AF: Do you have any advice for an artist who’s about to go solo?

VT: Roll with the highs and lows as best you can – all that matters is you keep moving and creating!

Source: Audio Femme

Kryptonite – Interview with VickyT

How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
I usually collaborate on my songs – so most times it’s a matter of getting in a room with a producer or other songwriter/artist and asking what’s on everyone’s mind. It’s a great way to get comfortable with one another and riff on subject ideas. Other times, I’m overwhelmed by emotion and the words just spill out of me.

In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
For me it’s really all about the collaboration. I am not the type of person to just write full songs on my own. I really love working with different people and exploring all genres.

Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music? 
I never am when it comes to creating art. In real life however, I’m scared of revealing just how open and sensitive my heart truly is. In music or film, it’s the only place I get all of it out.

What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
“The two of us combined, are colors that we left beyond – only a frame we froze in time. You were just a picture to burn.” – Coming across old photos of someone I had a meaningful relationship with is always so painful for me. To me, this lyric expresses that emotion of frustration and sadness when you see the happy moment that no longer exists. This song is not yet released, will be on my EP though.

What inspired “Kryptonite”, part of your upcoming EP?
The way someone can make even the strongest person weak and you can’t escape the feelings you have for them.

Do you remember the day you wrote “Protect This Love”?
Absolutely do – I was in a long distance relationship that I could sense was coming to an end but I was hopeful it was going to be strong enough to withstand the distance. I was an anxious wreck and hanging with my dear friend Adam Schlesinger. We wrote this song on the spot. It just kinda spilled out of us so quickly.

And “Push Comes To Shove”?
Yeah, this song was a collaboration with my dear friend Jon Walker and my wonderful friend and producer Clifford Goilo. We actually FaceTimed to finish up our song – I was in Amsterdam working with Clifford and we FaceTimed Jon. Was an interesting process.

Is there a link/a common theme among the songs of the new EP?
I’d say most all of the songs are about the journey I went through to heal after two very brutal relationships that broke my heart.

What is the best suggestion a producer gave you?
Hmmm. Great question. I am sure there are so many incredible suggestions, I wish I could think up something awesome to share!  The first thing that comes to mind though is my friend and producer Jantine Heij who taught me how to breath while recording vocals. It was such a game changer for me and all my future sessions.

What are your plans for 2019?
More music and to really dive into my other passion which is film. I started up a record label called Muted Color a while ago and I’m working  to form it into something great. Working on it now with my amazing boyfriend Trent Culkin who every day is an inspiration to me. It’s nice to be able to work with the person you love! Will be announcing more about it later.

To conclude the interview a short Q/A session, please answer the first thing that comes to your mind:

  • Define in one word your upcoming self titled EP: An exorcism of past pain!
  • The best show you ever played: I’d say my first time in Japan. We played to a massive room at Summer Sonic and the audience was incredible. I also am just generally in love with Japan.
  • The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Snacks!
  • The soundtrack of your childhood:Weezer – Pinkerton.
  • Your favorite song lyrically speaking but not written by you: Joni Mitchell – Both Sides Now.
  • Last question is “unusual”, we want to know your best relationship advice: COMMUNICATION! It is absolutely key to having a successful relationship. Being able to communicate what you need/feel/want without judgement. I also think spontaneity and adventure are key too but perhaps that’s just me.
Source: Rock Your Lyrics