- How did the band come together?
Vaya: Step by step we met each other around the same passion for the music.
Raphael: I met Vaya through a music store in Gland (CH), and she heard that I play the drums. One day, she called me to record the first drums of VAYA’s album. I’ve never left since. It was a big pleasure when Philippe joined us for the live shows. Playing with so talented and connected people is amazing.
Phil: The band started 2 years ago, with Raph’ and Vaya first, they recorded a studio album with other musicians and shortly after that, I joined them.
- What are some of your most memorable moments with the band?
Vaya: Every little thing I mean, we are sharing not only the stage but also life together. I bite less now because I moved in Toronto and the two others one are still actually in Switzerland, but I can’t wait to see them back here in Spring:D it’s always reconnection with friends or more family.
Raphael: During a day off in Europe we wanted to sleep in Bielorussia, but we had no visa to cross the border. We lost much time at the border to finally go back and find a last minute hostel during the night. Thanks a lot to our driver Albert who was good crazy to drive us during tour.
Phil: When we played at a bar called “The Dukes” the public was amazing, so full of joy, happiness and with a great energy just like us, probably the best concert we’ve ever done.
- When going to one of your concerts, what should people expect?
Raphael: The powerful voices and rhythms are incredible. It wakes up the little native there is in all of us.
Phil: A very energetic music with a good dynamic, a great loud voice, a great rhythm section, a good contrast in the songs and a good sound.
Vaya: a real authentic powerful trip.
- Out of every band you have seen live, who are some of your favorites?
Raphael: Coldplay is one my favourite. They are so honest on stage, even when they are doing wrong. U2 in Glasgow (UK) has been a great memory too.
Phil: Oh I’ve seen many bands: My favorite band I’ve seen is “Extreme” cuz’ I really like the guitar player, he’s so amazing, he’s my idol, my guitar hero! I also really liked Joe Satriani when I saw him and other guitar players were very great too.
Vaya: Jack White in each project he does.
- What are some of your biggest influences that have shaped your music?
Vaya: Classical music mixed with Jim Morrison
Raphael: The energy of mother earth.
Phil: Lot of musicians specially guitar and bass players in many different kinds of music: Jazz, Blues, Funk, Rock, Hard-Rock and Heavy Metal.
- Have you met any of your favorite musicians and what were those experiences like? If you have not met anyone, then who do you want to meet the most?
Vaya: still Jack White:D
Raphael: I would love to meet Jack White in order to discuss about the music industry. He is so talented and has so much experience.
Phil: Yes I met one of my other guitar hero a few times! He’s a Rock-Jazz, Funk-Fusion guitar player called Mike Stern and I met him a few times after his show! First time I met him, I was so impressed, coz I was only 19 lol and I didn’t think I could go to him and talk to him! He was really nice I talked to him for a while and I asked him an autograph. I saw him a few times later and then, I bought his new album and he dedicated it to me!
- What are some long-term goals you have for the band?
Raphael: Performing all over the world to share our music and energy to the maximum audience.
Vaya: To conquer the all world?
Phil: Still play together, make concerts, go on tour all around the world and record new albums!
- What is the biggest accomplishment you have had so far?
Phil: To go on tour in many different countries!
Raphael: Release a double album with this beautiful welcome from the audience.
Vaya: I am actually on my way of it.
- What plans do you have for the rest of the year?
Vaya: A song really tripping online announcing the second album color. I will go to Japan for making the video clip of it in Spring. So a second album in process. And tours: USA (California) and South of America and of course Canada this spring
Phil: To go on tour to Canada on April, to The States on July, to Brazil at the end of the year and by the time record a new album!
Raphael: We are performing for the Bout Festival in Toronto on 13th April. After almost 40 shows in 8 countries between Europe and North America, we are planning a beautiful Canadian Tour in April 2019. We will be part of the Bout Festival in Toronto on 13th April, all, in order to promote the first double album. We will be in San Francisco from 14th July to perform at the Californian Women’s Music Festival. We should tour for a few weeks in California and Nevada then. We are also planning a tour in Brazil and South America for the end of the year.
Thanks to Rogue PR for setting up the interview. Images via Vaya