- Breaking Through
By Dave Schwartz
Violent Idols has been scratching out a bit
of notoriety. Their first big win came in the form of
“Unscripted Violence,” the theme song for wrestling superstar and
AEW Champion, Jon Moxley. And with it, wrestling fans began to
take notice. Next, a mutual friend arranged a meeting with
Gemini Syndrome vocalist Aaron Nordstrom. V (guitars, vocals…)
hung with Nordstrom where they discovered several mutual interests
and this led to collaboration on Violent Idols latest single, “Fuck
Check out the interview…
DB: Let me start off with
congratulations on your latest single – “Fuck You.” I’ll admit
that when I first read the press release, I didn’t know how to take
the title of the song.
V: Sure, I understand. Any song
with the title, “Fuck You,” I would be suspicious of too. The song
is about standing up, taking action, being sick and tired.
It’s about being resistant to what is going on, whatever it is.
I started coming up with the song in my car, after being annoyed
with traffic and being out on the road. I think that is a good
analogy for channeling that frustration, that anger. By the
time I got to the recording studio I had an idea, a creative idea
that ultimately became a positive thing. I think even for me
yeah, it’s named “Fuck You” but from there, how do you take it from
there and turn it into something that is productive and positive?
DB: Gemini Syndrome vocalist Aaron
Nordstrom appears on the record. How did you run into Aaron?
He is such an interesting character. Talk a little about how
you met him and how he got involved with this record.
V: We actually met through our
producer, Kane (Churko). He produced the last Gemini Syndrome
album. We all live in Vegas and stuff. So, we got to
hang out and get to know each other. That’s where we asked if
he would be interested in being a on track on my new EP. At
the time we didn’t even have this idea started. Aaron was
actually going to sing on a different song. But by the time we
got to the studio, we had this song started and knew it would be
perfect from him. Aaron actually helped finish writing it.
At the time I only had some of the chorus lyrics and the main
sentiment. He really brings his own artistry and
intellectualism. He is such a great vocalist. He sang so
many crazy harmonies on this song. I mean the main track says
fuck you about 50 times but if you include all the harmonies it
probably says fuck you 300 times. There are just so many
amazing harmonies and background vocals.
DB: So how are you handling Covid?
Has it interrupted you putting out your music? Tour plans?
V: We didn’t have anything specific
that was canceled. In fact, we were going to release a couple
of other songs before this one – kind of in that time period.
To be honest, this one felt more pertinent. We were able to
get permission from Aaron’s record label to release the song during
this time because they aren’t doing anything during this time.
There was no conflict, they weren’t competing against themselves.
So Covid kind of opened up a door to be able to put this song out.
We weren’t able to do a video together at the time because things
are just sort of popping off. So, we started a contest.
You can actually go to www.ViolentIdols.com and
submit footage of how you say fuck you during quarantine. We
are going to compile all the footage of people who have submitted
videos into a video for “Fuck You.” It’s kind of cool that it
has turned into something that we can get our fans involved in.
Hopefully we can create a larger movement than just us creating a
DB: Yeah, for most bands, Covid has
had significant impact on their livelihoods. The inability to
tour equates to their inability to generate income. Most of
the bands that I talk to are trying to determine how they can stay
relevant. Do you head to the studio and work on new music?
Do you find a means to connect with your fans via online streaming?
You mentioned that you are working on other music. Are you
taking the singles approach rather than releasing an entire album?
V: We’ve been putting out one song at
a time – every 6 weeks or so. That has led up to my current
collection of songs. So, this has been a gradual process of
people finding us through each individual song. We wanted to
have the opportunity to introduce our older music to the people who
are just finding us now. You know, the songs we put out just a
few months ago. We released “Idolatry” which is 5-song EP.
Beyond that, we are already working on our next collection and we’re
pretty far along actually. We are already real close to having
another EP of material. We plan to keep it going. We are
going to continue to release song by song. It’s a more focused
way to put music out. I’ve release music in the past with
other projects and compared to putting out an entire album where
half of the songs are ignored or forgot about the next day, this is
better. We have been trying to make every song have its own
identity and purpose and they kind of get more attention and focus
when we are able to shine a spotlight onto each song.
DB: I’m hearing a common theme from
you as I have heard from other bands. They feel they can
market a single much more effectively than an entire record.
As you know, in the minds of fans, albums often get reduced to 2 or
3 songs and they make the difference.
V: It’s really about the Internet and
how it is setup. I mean, we don’t go to YouTube and type in an
album. We type in a song. Because of that, we’re seeing
the singles model perpetuate more.
DB: I’m a bit older than you. I
remember the heyday of vinyl. Having a chance to hold the
album in your hands and see the artwork, read the liner notes.
Much of that was lost with CDs and now again further lost with
streaming. So, I’m a fan of vinyl. Any thoughts of
releasing your music in formats other than just streaming?
V: Yeah, I love it. I love
vinyl. We haven’t put anything out yet but we are
investigating it. We’re talking about doing something special,
possibly something like a 7”. That would be fun for the fans.
We did the theme song for the Champion of AEW, Jon Moxley.
That is how a lot of people found us and we would love to put that
out on vinyl. I think that would be cool. I’m a fan of
vinyl too. It’s nice to hold in your hand and checkout the
art. It helps tell the story and pulls you into the world that
the artist wanted. You’re right, it’s not quite the same
looking at a stamp on Spotify.
DB: You mentioned your new group of
music. Tell me what’s going on, how many songs and so on.
Is there a concept of theme involved?
V: It’s kind of just what comes out.
I think every song kind of finds its own purpose. But I don’t
usually sit down and decide to write about X or whatever. I’m
more of a – I just like to see what comes out. I explore it,
let it leave me. I think a lot of new stuff has been put up so
far and the songs were still focused on is generally a little bit of
social commentary, a little bit of just forcing people to think.
Whatever it is they think. It’s not even trying to be preachy
or anything like that. It’s more just about getting people to
step outside themselves for a second and play devil’s advocate with
themselves, the world and try to find a balance.
I want to thank V for sharing a moment.
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