INTERVIEW: JACK AND JAMES FROM VOID OF VISION ON DISTURBIA EP.
“There is a strange silver lining where you’re meeting people who are going through something similar and for a moment, you can feel less alone and helpless in this beautiful community that we’ve created through music.” Jack, Void Of Vision.
SICK AND SOUND has the pleasure to present to its readers an exclusive interview our editor-in-chief Alessandra had with Jack and James from VOID OF VISION metalcore and hardcore outfit hailing from Melbourne, Australia.
We are catching up with the band after the release of their last EP, DISTURBIA, on November 10th, 2018 via UNFD. Our track by track review for DISTURBIA is available at: www.sickandsound.it/void-of-vision-disturbia-ep-un-album-rivisita-spazi-oscuri-esorcizzare-propri-demoni.
- Hello guys and very welcome at SICK AND SOUND. We would love to start by giving a wider view of your outfit to our readers. Let’s dig into your influences, the bands and genres that have thoroughly influenced both your personal experience as individual musicians and your music career as a band.
James: The bands that got me interested in music and made me want to start a band would have to be Nirvana and Foo Fighters (can you tell I love Dave Grohl?). In terms of influencing my writing now, I try not to listen to other metal/metalcore bands when I’m writing, but Northlane’s use of layering is something I really admire, I’m constantly trying to create something that just has the feel of a ‘wall of sound’, whilst still being cohesive and pleasing to the ear! I’ve started to take influence from lots of rnb/pop music now that I’m singing a bit more too.
Jack: I think a lot of my personal influence as an individual come from more-so punk rock, always been a huge fan of The Offspring, NOFX, Green Day and the likes. In terms of influence in my music career, I honestly have to put it down to all the bands we work alongside, from the younger bands to the more experienced ones we’ve been lucky enough to tour with. It’s insane how much inspiration I draw from every single one of them and how quickly they’ve become some of my favourite bands now.
- DISTURBIA is your new EP out last November 2017 via UNFD Records and follow up of your full-leght CHILDREN OF CHROME dating back to 2016. How has the songwriting process changed since your last record and what features have now been introduced into your new album?
James: The album was definitely more experimental than either of our EPs, with DISTURBIA I guess you could say we went back to what we were comfortable with, writing heavier music and more personal lyrics. It was definitely more of a thought-out process this time too, we knew what we wanted to get out of this record when we started writing, and I think we were all pleased with the outcome!
Jack: I feel like the songwriting process really took a shift for Disturbia. We gave co-writing a shot and it was an extremely refreshing experience to be a part of. Taking a step away from it all and looking at your own music from a completely different perspective was very cool.
- What’s the mindset behind the choice of releasing an extended play, rather than bringing out a full length after your last album in studio?
James: I think as we went into the process knowing the next set material was going to be different stylistically, we didn’t want to come out with a full-length of it straight away, whether it be a single/multiple singles or an EP. We had 4 songs that we were happy with, and we didn’t want to ‘save’ any of them for a future release.
- What was the most challenging aspect you had to cope with while working on DISTURBIA and what about the easiest one?
Jack: The most challenging aspect for myself was probably the self reflection I went through whilst writing. I hadn’t delved deep into my own problems for quite a while, putting pen to paper for Disturbia was a super cathartic experience for myself.
- We would love to explore your approach to the lyrical themes in Disturbia and the messages the EP wants to bring forward.
Jack: Lyrically Disturbia definitely touches more-so on despair. It’s something I feel like Void Of Vision will always do. This is my outlet for everything going on in my head and it’s awesome that I have the opportunity to use it not only for myself, but for others as well. While it sucks that there are a lot of people out there that feel so passionately about these sort of lyrics from a negative place, there is a strange silver lining where you’re meeting people who are going through something similar and for a moment, you can feel less alone and helpless in this beautiful community that we’ve created through music.
- Disturbia is a very impactful title for an album, recalling the personal struggles in life involving mental disorders and one’s personal demons to front, accept or defeat. Let’s talk more about the inspiration leading to such a title. We also would enjoy going in depth with Jack into his personal experience diluted into the EP.
Jack: You pretty much just summed up the thought process for the title there! The name has always been floating around in my head and I finally got to match it with something when choosing it to represent a summary of the EP’s 4 tracks. Disturbia is the most honest piece of work I have ever been involved with and it felt incredible to write and record. In the past year I’ve spent no longer 2 months living in a ‘home’, constantly moving and having to re-adapt. Each song comes from a different time where I was trying to adapt, struggling with something external going on whilst I was attempting to do so.
- GHOST IN THE MACHINE is the lead single for DISTURBIA and a strong outstanding piece packed with energy and catchiness. How was the songwriting and shaping of the song to achieve this result? Tell us more about the decision of picking the song as lead single and first video release for the record.
James: The aim going into it was to write the heaviest but catchiest song we could, and then when we went in with Jon Deiley (Northlane) he helped make it what it is today. It was always the standout for what we saw as the lead single, it’s got a bit of everything, and it’s probably the best representation of Void Of Vision going forward.
Jack: 100%, the song is easily our strongest to date and we really just wanted that to front the whole EP in terms of what you’d hear first going into it. I always had the idea for the video in my head after hearing the first mix back from Jon/James and it went off without a hitch.
- Tell us what songs your fans are jamming the most, the media impact you received in the current promotion of DISTURBIA EP and how this has matched or mismatched your expectations.
James: GHOST IN THE MACHINE is definitely getting the most plays!
Jack: Yeah Ghost has been racking it up so far! I tend not to enter releases with much expectation, but the media reports for Disturbia have been nothing but pleasant as well which is extremely flattering. We are very proud of this EP and it’s so cool to hear that it’s getting such a good wrap from everyone.
- The most memorable moment together as a band during a recording or live session you would enjoy sharing with us.
James: I’d probably say writing the start of GHOST IN THE MACHINE on the last European tour we did in 2017, I normally write at home by myself, but I started writing in the green room at a venue one day, and I got to show everyone what I had straight away, and everyone was really excited by it from the get go!
Jack: I can think of countless times on stage where we’ve all just clicked and really felt the enjoyment of playing live, but memorable moments don’t always have to be enjoyable.. One of our biggest shows we’ve played (Sydney on the Body Count tour) our samples fu**ed up at the start of a track and each member collectively wet themselves in front of 2000 people. We somehow recovered but those few seconds there have never escaped my memory haha
- Can you give to our readers a sneak peek into your upcoming shows or thrilling projects ahead?
James: We’re currently writing for the next release, with a few tours in the pipeline around it all!
Jack: We’ve also got a few upcoming shows at home that we can’t wait to announce. Going for something really different with our live show and can’t wait to show it to the world.
Thank you for your time and all the best for your brilliant career. We are longing for more music to be dropped from Void Of Vision and keep up supporting you enthusiastically into Europe!
James: Thank you for your time, we can’t wait to get back!
Jack: Thank you!
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