MM: What drew you to music, and how did you get a start in the industry?
V2V: When I was younger, I used to be fascinated with Elvis Presley. I would watch all of his movies and even run off to the toy section of a department store when I was out with my parents to try to grab a guitar to perform for people – even though I didn’t know how to play anything. I was always consumed with how charismatic his prescience was. My start in the industry was 1000 little steps, from playing in blues bars as a kid, to learning how to make YouTube videos when I was in college, that along with other little markers in my journey, and 1000 NO’s and I’ve ended up where I am today.
MM: What is your favourite part of touring?
V2V: My favorite part of touring is the friendships you create with your band. You get to see places you’ve never seen before and create lots of inside jokes. It’s like being a kid again.
MM: If you didn’t have a career in music, what other career do you think you would have?
V2V: Before music I almost did every job.I worked in clothing stores, factories, worked in philanthropy, even worked in management in hotels in the Caribbean. I couldn’t imagine not working in music in some capacity moving forward.
V2V:It’s different with every song. Sometimes inspiration is so fast and songs just jump out of the page like “We Are Stars”. We wrote that in ten minutes. Sometimes they take a little time to craft. But I think for the most part curation is the most important process. Not being too precious with an idea.
V2V: John Mayer! I cried 3 times at his most recent performance in Toronto! He’s such a legend!