Five & Five: Venice Queen
Our axe man Chris just held an interview with Ryan Bloom, lead singer of Venice Queen, an up and coming band from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. As they prepare for the release of their EP Still Fighting, we talked to Bloom about Venice Queen, their dreams and aspirations.
1. CA: How did you come up with the band name?
VQ: Venice Queen is the last track on Red Hot Chili Peppers “By The Way”. We are far from an RHCP tribute band but they were an influence to all of us and we all liked the sound of it.
2. CA: What artists/bands/songs/albums influenced you?
VQ: Between the 5 of us the influences are virtually countless, but for the 6 tracks on this EP I would have to say, Guns N’ Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, At the drive in, Stone Temple Pilots and Tool.
3. CA: What are you listening to right now?
VQ: Grouplove – Colours. I love this song. It reminds me of the Pixies.
4. CA: What’s your favorite show/performance been as a band?
VQ: It would have to be a 3 way tie between the 2 shows we played at the legendary Commodore Ballroom opening up for Bif Naked and then Steel Panther and the headlining slot we played at the Ozone on the opening night of the 2010 Olympics.
5. CA: If I want people to remember one song from our band, it would be…
VQ: I suppose I would have to say “Still Fighting” as it is our first single, but everyone seems to have a different favorite track. We like to play lots of different styles so if someone only knows one of our songs and then sees us live, they will be surprised to hear none of the songs really sound all that similar. We like it that way.
1. CA: You discussed the song “Article 3” with me for the review stating that you were experimenting with new ways to create music so you decided to write the song through the eyes of somebody else which turned to an amazing song. Will you try this method again and what other ways would you experiment in the songwriting department?
VQ: I did a lot of research before writing the lyrics to Article 3, so when it came time to actually getting my thoughts out, I found that I had more to say than there was actual time to say it. I chose to simply focus on the victims internal struggle for this song but I would still like to tell the story I had in my mind from a third person perspective. There is no shortage of inspiration out there so I will definitely use this method again. As for new methods of creating music, I would like to experiment with more layers and different instruments.
2. CA: How many songs did you originally write for the new EP?
VQ: We originally had 12 written, pre-produced 7 and recorded the 6 that made the record
3. CA: The music industry is in a rough transition right now into this new digital age. Being a local band on the rise, the digital age isn’t such a bad thing. How has the power of the internet helped you guys in terms of reaching fans both locally and globally?
VQ: The internet is the most powerful marketing tool ever invented. It has given everyone a voice and allowed music to be shared and sold all over the world by people, who in the past, wouldn’t have been able to do so without the help of a huge record company. Social media sites have helped us maintain a closer connection with our fans than was ever possible before and music sharing websites have allowed us to make fans and sell our songs literally all over the world. It really is amazing. There is no doubt that the internet has completely flipped the music industry on its head, but many would argue that this is actually a positive thing and I’m inclined to agree.
4. CA: What can fans, both new and old, expect in the coming year from Venice Queen?
VQ: Lots of live performances. We are currently planning a cross-Canada tour, followed by a West Coast tour. We will be playing songs from our previous album, the New EP and even some newer music still. I would like to be back in the Studio before the end of 2013.
5. CA: Finally, If I were to be stranded on a deserted island and was only allowed to bring one album with me, how would you convince me that “Still Fighting” is the one I should bring?
VQ: With the exception to cry your eyes out, the general theme of the EP is about fighting against the odds, believing in yourself and never giving up. These are the qualities you would need if you wanted to survive living on a deserted island without going insane. And if you were to go insane, you would probably want to do so to some killer Rock N’ Roll and we got you covered there too!
We’d like to thank Venice Queen for interviewing with us and make sure you grab their new EP Still Fighting!