Interview: Alex Maggard opens up about his project VANDALHEART, lead single LEFT BEHIND and upcoming record.
SICK AND SOUND presents to its readers an interview our editor-in-chief Alessandra had with singer and artist ALEX MAGGARD discussing his project VANDALHEART.
On May 31st, 2019 Vandalheart announced to have signed to Duckphone Records and dropped his debut single LEFT BEHIND, giving the world a taste of his upcoming record.
Alex took some time out of his busy schedule to talk with us about his journey, influences and sound. He gave us a few sneak peeks on Vandheart’s upcoming album discussing the creative and writing process, and lyrical inspiration behind the tracks as well as details about lead single LEFT BEHIND.
- Hello and welcome! Who are you, what do you do, and for who?
Hey my name is Alex Maggard, and I am the singer and mind behind Vandalheart!
- What bands and genres had the biggest influences on your career and current music output?
I can definitely say that the band that has influenced me to play music for most of my life is underøath that band innovated its own sound and I feel like many bands tried to mimic or imitate that and failed. Maroon 5 as I matured and got older became my favorite band of all time and I really feel like Adam Levine has had a huge impact on my life musically. I don’t think I would have even ever tried singing falsetto if I wasn’t so heavily influenced by his vocal style.
- What are you most grateful for about being able to be a musician every day?
I am most grateful for being able to have an outlet where I can express my feelings and hopefully help others who are going through or have gone through the same thing. So many times I think about the low points in my life and how I turned to music to help me through what I was going through and being able to do that for others is truly a blessing.
- Describe your sound. What are its staples and unique features?
I don’t think you describe Vandalheart without using the word unique. I think that it has a slight hip hop / r&b vibe that isn’t corny or cheesy. I think that having no breakdowns in any of the songs is truly refreshing and I think that it still has heavy elements even without that.
- How do you see the soundscape you fit in and what goals are you currently setting to yourself? Let’s dream big.
I see Vandalheart being able to fit on almost any tour package for the most part. I feel like nothing is too big for this band. My goal is for this album and the story to be heard and felt by the people who decide to listen to this band.
- On May 31st, 2019 you announced to have signed to Duckphone Records and dropped your debut single LEFT BEHIND. Let’s discuss its details, meaning and how this track best showcases your sound and yourself.
This was my favorite song on the record and I felt like it was the best song as well, I’ll let everyone else be the judge of that though, but this song I felt truly represents this band the best out of any song on the record. The video also describes me personally pretty well I can’t do anything without it being completely extra and over the top that’s just who I am. There are about 15 outfit changes in the video and I feel like that definitely describes me perfectly just by watching that aspect of it.
Watch Vandalheart – Left Behind (Official Video):
- LEFT BEHIND is the lead single for an upcoming album you’ve been writing, producing , mixing and mastering during one of the darkest and hardest time of your life. So let’s discuss how much this record means to you and how much the writing process has been cathartic for you, if so.
This record is truly a testament to my life. There’s really no other way for me to describe it, I wrote it when I was struggling to want to be alive anymore. I couldn’t help that feeling because I felt like I had been thrown into a hole against my will that I absolutely couldn’t dig myself out of. I also because of that turned to drink and using drugs and letting all of that dictate the way I thought and the way I was living my life. The only outlet I had left was music and one night I started writing this album and it just started to come to me. I could say so much about the writing aspect it wasn’t something that was hard or grueling in any way, that was the easy part. It really all just came to me and I just wrote it I don’t really know how to explain it, it was very different than any writing if ever done. The hard part was mixing and mastering it and getting it to sound the way I wanted it to sound.
- Can you give us a sneak peek on the lyrical themes there were important for you to showcase on the record?
Every song is a different story. Left behind is about literally getting left behind in a sense. Basically, I was focusing so hard on things that really didn’t matter and I got caught in the wash and left behind by someone who meant a lot to me and that was one of the worst feelings. All I can say about the rest of the record is that the lyrical content is very deep and I think that these songs can hit home for just about anyone.
- What’s been the writing and creative process when you sat down and worked on this record?
The writing process for this record came so naturally to me that it almost seemed unnatural. I don’t usually struggle to write songs per se but I sometimes get stuck and take breaks for hours or days or weeks you know. Not with this record though I literally wrote one of the songs after I had woken up from a reoccurring dream that I finally saw the climax to. I felt drawn to my computer and I had the song written in less than an hour. I would honestly just sit down and have an idea and it would turn into an entire song.
- What were the most challenging aspects you had to cope with – ones you may have used as subject matter in your new music?
Well the best way I can explain this is basically, I lost someone very important to me, I lost a child as well, I got into some serious legal trouble, and I turned to drugs and drinking to cope. Without going into too much detail I thought that my life was ruined and it was over I felt so low like I was never going to be able to pick myself back up but this album saved my life truly and I can truly say that I’m happy that I went through that, I wouldn’t want to do it again but, this album stemmed from that time in my life and I wouldn’t have been able to write any of it without going through it.
- What else does VANDALHEART have in store in 2019?
Vandalheart has a lot in store for 2019! It’s not over yet – so be on the lookout for some more cool announcements we have in store. I can’t say much else, unfortunately!
Thank you for your time Alex. We are longing for your album to be dropped and supporting you into Europe and US!
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