Artist Interview: Vin A
Tell us about yourself and your music
My name is Vin A and I’ve been a professional musician for 17 years. I recently got the opportunity to open for Bon Jovi at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in front of 18,000 people. That was an experience I’ll never forget. I also have a residency in Las Vegas with my show, The Bronx Wanderers that performs at Bally’s nightly. My passion is songwriting and The Bronx Wanderers enable me to write and record by acting as my “day job.”
Talk to us more about your latest release
I’m currently working on my second album now. I don’t know what it’s going to be called yet, it hasn’t revealed itself I guess. My last release was my E.P. “Geology.” We made some pretty incredible songs on it and we’re hoping to top those with this second album.
What inspired you to write this release?
For “Maybe” I wanted to incorporate a banjo into a rock tune. I came up with this great catchy lick and treated it like a loop in the verses as well as the climactic ending where it just builds and builds. The lyrics are about humans and their relationship to the earth, which we are destroying. Are we meant to last here? Can we afford to hope and do nothing?
Any plans to release a video?
I plan to release a music video for one of the song’s off the next album but haven’t decided which yet. I try not to force these decisions and just allow the universe to tell me.
Any plans to hit the road?
Because I have a residency in Las Vegas with The Bronx Wanderers. It’s very hard to tour. However, we did just get the opportunity to headline this year’s Downtown Brewfest where we played for 3,000 people. That was really cool! We’re looking into doing festivals here in Las Vegas like “Life is Beautiful” and “Bite of Las Vegas” that way I can pursue both shows.
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
I like to play very weird instruments and have a rather unique sound. Between my 6 string banjo, my 3 and 4 string slide cigar box guitars, the different electric guitars i use. I’m a big tone junkie and I like writing songs for an audience that’s never heard me but they can sing along either way even if it’s their first time seeing me.
Who have you been listening to lately?
I really love Big Wreck, The Living End, and Beck. Jeff Lynne from ELO is always a major influence bc I love his chords and catchy melodies. Radiohead will always be a staple and there’s so many more to mention but those are the biggies.
Tell us about your passions
Coffee. Lol, I’m just kidding, not really though. I guess my beautiful girlfriend helps me out of bed or pushes me I should say. The fact I’m writing and recording my new album is a major excitement factor. And the fact my Las Vegas show is moving to a much larger venue on the strip in January, I’m also very excited about that.
What else is happening next in your world?
The Bronx Wanderers are doing a two week Florida tour the first two weeks of January, every show is already sold out so I’m looking forward to traveling (a little) again. Before that, my girlfriend and I are going to Disney World for two days so that’s going to be a lot of fun!
Thanks for an awesome interview, Vincent!