Interview Vandalism

WHO: Vandalism
WHEN: 31st Aug 2011

The Interview Vandalism

g: How has your year been so far? Any highlights?

V: Been an awesome year so far. The highlight so far would definitely be our tour to the US, Canada and Brazil. It was so great to perform to other cultures and it was so amazing to hear the Brazilians singing our tracks back to us.

g: How about the rest of the year, do you have anything coming up we should all know about?

V: We have a new release called Body coming out soon featuring Israel Cruz, two remixes of Charlie by Phantoms revenge, another tour back to the US in November and of course touring Australia every weekend.

g: How did you all get started together?

V: Andy used to be in the band Madison Avenue and I was a dancer for them in all their clips and tours. We got along really well and wanted to do a track together someday. Then we went in the studio and lay down the vocals for Never Say Never. I passed the test and from then on became the singer of Vandalism.

g: Like everyone else I love Never Say Never. You have no choice but to move when it's playing. How did this come around? What were the influences to get this sound?

V: It was suggested to us by a friend to do a cover of this great 80s new wave track and when we heard it we knew this it would be perfect for the clubs, so we did our little spin on it and the vocals worked so perfectly over an electro bed. It was inspired by the original and by the electro sounds that were emerging at that time.

g: Cassie you are a vocal goddess. Andy you smash the decks with unparalleled skill and Producing experience seems to make this duo near-unbeatable. But there is a lot of talent out there. How do you keep your sound so fresh and loved? What are some of your influences?

V: We are always listening to music, whether it be old or new. We have been in the music industry for a while now so have so many influences ranging from 80s rock, Jazz and New Wave (and of course all sorts of dance music). We go to see a lot of shows including other DJs and performers, rock shows and musicals. And I never get tired of watching music videos on YouTube.

g: What do you consider as being one of Vandalism's greatest achievements to date?

V: We consider the fact that we are able to make a living doing the thing we love the most the biggest achievement. Can't ask for anymore than that.

g: Have you had any nightmare sets, where it seemed nothing wanted to go as planned?

V: We once did a gig where the DJ console was made of glass. We started jumping around and one minute into the set the whole console fell forward and smashed into a thousand pieces all over the stage. Luckily no one was seriously harmed!

g: So what's next for you all? Where do you see Vandalism within the next twelve months? Two years?

V: We will keep on doing the same things….Making music and touring the world.

g: What club or event have you enjoyed playing at the most?

V: Our favorite clubs in Australia are Platinum Broadbeach (Gold Coast,QLD), HQ Complex(Adelaide, SA) and King St Hotel (Newcastle, NSW). One of our favorite festival gigs was Future Music Festival in Brisbane last year when it poured rain and everyone was rammed into our tent rolling around in mud and causing mayhem, just the way we love it. We also loved a recent gig in San Francisco at Ruby Skye, the crowd were so up for it, that's all we ask for.

g: Tell me more about Twisted. I love the song, but get a little bit of a kick out of the creepy clowns crawling out from everywhere. I know plenty of people scared of clowns. Is there a fear of clowns in Vandalism? Or was it just a great idea and you ran with it?

V: He is glad you liked it, it was a lot of fun to make, and yes the clowns were very creepy but we thought the idea was just so perfect for the track and in the end we got to blow the scary clowns up!

g: Is there a specific Act / DJ / Producer out there that you have a lot of respect for and why?

V: As for DJs there are lots, from David Guetta to Laidback Luke to Armand Van Helden to Dada Life to Steve Aoki.

g: So when you aren't being Vandalism, what are you getting up to?

V: Catching up on sleep, watching TV shows we've missed, eating Mexican, drinking wine and hanging with our dog.

g: You all had amazing musical careers before Vandalism. Do you see these as the best days?

V: No not at all, the Dance Music scene is healthier now and the Vandalism brand is incredibly strong globally, which is why we've toured everywhere from Brazil to Miami to London to Moscow to France….so we are really happy these days.

g: What has it been like travelling around the world all these years making people move?

V: We have had the very fortunate experience of seeing so many parts of the world while performing our music. It really is an amazing experience, one that we are always grateful for. It's so great to get out there and experience it first hand and see what countries are loving our music.

g: Is there anything special you have been working on for a while now that we can hope to see soon?

V: Yeah absolutely, we've got a new collab with Angger Dimas...and a new collab with Israel Cruz called Body (which Cassie mentioned above)

g: Tech question, what hardware and/or software do you use at home or in the studio?

V: Logic Audio running on maxed out 17” MacBook Pro. Soft Synths are Sylenth, Massive, Nexus and DCam Synth Squad

g: Anything else to say?

V: ROCK ON!!!!!


Name: Vandalism
Formed: 1995
Members: Andy Van and Cassie Van
Based out of: Melbourne, Australia
Bookings: Jon Hanlon
Record Label

Interview by Adam Chant

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