INTERVIEW: VIRGINIA TO VEGAS

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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.

MM: What is your favourite song to perform live?
V2V: We have a song we cover called “Is It Love” by Bl3u. It’s the second last song of our set and it always gets people moving. There’s just something so special about that track – it’s a lot of fun!
MM: What song of yours has the most meaning?
V2V: I just wrote a new song called “Better Man”. It’s about my breakup in Los Angeles and moving back to Canada.  It talks about all facets of my life and I think it sums up who I am right now perfectly.
MM: You have consistently released hit songs since 2014 when “We Are Stars” came out. What is your writing process like?

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.

MM: What is your favourite city to perform in?
V2V: Montreal, historically, has always shown us so much love and the loudest screams.
MM: If you were able to play a show with anyone, who would you choose?

V2V: John Mayer! I cried 3 times at his most recent performance in Toronto! He’s such a legend!

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