First of all, why don't you introduce yourself to those of us
unfortunate enough to not already know you?
Hi, my name is Vassy lol, I was born and raised in the tropics of
Australia to Greek parents. I grew up on the beach, I got kicked out of
school choir, been told I couldn't sing, people would tell me to 'dream on' if
I ever said I wanted to live in America one day doing music... yet here I am, so DREAM ON :-) I say!
What can you
tell us about your new album Beautiful Day?
will make you smile, it's electric fizzy soulful pop, people say MIA meets
Amy Winehouse, others say Billie meets Cobbie, whatever you say I'm cool with
it. The songs all come from a true place, I wrote them all from authentic
experiences... it's emporing and motivates you to think and dream big for
yourself, the song Real Deal, We are Young, and Beautiful
Day kinda zones in on that
would you describe your music to someone who has never heard any of your
quirky percussive pop.
What are your key inspirations when writing a
experiences. I have been through matters of the heart, of fear, rejection,
empowerment, being strong, vulnerable and so many things. Each song comes
from something I went through last year.
In the studio: What is a typical Vassy-recording
talk blah blah in the first hour lol, then ummm what should we write about,
then wanna get a coffee, then hey I'm hungry, then BANG an idea comes lol.
Actually to be honest it's different every time I work with so many
different producers so you never know what the chemistry is going to be
like till you're in and try it... sometimes you write the song in the first
hour and it's a wrap!! Other times you cannot deliver all day...
How did you get started in the music
business in the first place, and what can you tell us about your training
as a musician?
training at all, in fact I studied architecture and then got into music. I
always wanted to do music from a young age but did not have the
opportunities nor anyone helping me. I came from a non-music family and a
very remote part of Australia, plus a strict Greek father who wanted me to
be a lawyer LOL. Anyways, after my dad passed away he gave me his blessings,
and shortly after that I got a record deal in Australia with Warners...
fact I won this song competion Song of the Year on a radio station, my
friend submitted the song without me knowing and it got picked.... then I came to
America... at the age of 15 I heard this woman on the radio, I didn't know who she was but she stole my heart
- her name was Billie Holiday. She was playing on a community radio station and
I was like WOW, who is
that woman who makes me want to cry? She moved me so much, her song
Autumn in NY was the song that made me move to America, I luv this country,
it is the land of the dreams!! And I've got my green card so you can't get
rid of me now haha!
are the key differences between the Australian and the US-American music
are aggressive, I love that, big thinkers, ambitious and creative... Aussies
are more laid back but very unique...
You must have worked with lots of musicians
and the like during your career. Some of your favourite collaborators?
Rodney Jerkins who just did half of the new Justin Bieber album - he is a legend he
has worked with all the top A pop stars in the world... and AfroJack who's
the hottest DJ producer right now, that was dope.
musicians, bands you'd love to work with but haven't yet (no matter how
from U2, Foster The People, MIA, Crystal Waters cos I'm obsessed with Gypsy
Woman, her hit songs from back in the day.
One of your songs was recently featured in
Joss Whedon's highly anticipated and critically praised Cabin in the
Woods. Now how did that come about, and what does it feel like to hear
one of your songs playing on the big screen?
awesome, I love it and it pays the bills :-) That same song also got the
new 2012 Victoria Secret Swimsuit Campaign.
in the Woods being a horror film, is that a genre you can at all
Actually not really lol, I'm a wimp like that.
How do you feel in general about your songs
used in films, TV shows or ads? And do you think your music is always
represented in the right way?
never knew my music was so TV/film friendly, I just did my thing and one
day my music got heard by some people and the it got the Hilton Hotel campaign, Pepsi, Chevy, Nike, Google
and so on... I was like woooow me?? That's
so cool... who would have known!!!
Any future projects you'd
like to talk about?
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
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The links below
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my album, please go and support ;-) As an indie artist you need all the
love you can get!
Musicians who inspire you?
Kings, Billie Holiday, Amy Winehouse, Calvin Harris, ... sooo many, Bono.
since this is a movie site, some of your favourite/least favourite movies?
Big Blue, I loooove it. And movies I did not like hmmm, I don't remember.
tells me it was a good movie lol.
website, Facebook, whatever else?
Anything else you are
dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
am a philanthropist and do a lot of humanitarian work, it's something I feel passionate about.
for the interview!
YOU UR DA BEST xxx