Vyce Versa – Interview
Interview with Ju McElroy (lead guitar) and Kevin Rogers (Guitar DTF) of Vyce Versa and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
JM: I’m a creative artist that constantly strives to make unique music.
KR: I’m someone who tries a little bit of everything. Music is my passion, but would love to be a part of the gaming industry, and writing music for them.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
JM: I was raised in the Midwest. I grew up playing guitar and skateboarding. I moved to Arizona for college and dropped out. At that point in time I joined bands and started to find my sound.
KR: I was born and raised in Arizona, in the beautiful year of 1993. I was always into sports growing up, and skateboarding for a long period of time until I decided to pursue a career in music. I dropped out of high school my junior year, and never looked back. I do good for myself, because I’ve trusted my gut, and things are good in my life.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
JM: Musical influence is Blink 182. Non musical is will smith.
KR: My greatest musical influence is Linkin Park. Hybrid Theory was the first CD I ever got, and I used to fall asleep listening to it. I always wanted to be a singer, but the creativity the members of that group possess is truly inspirational. My non musical influence comes from my parents. They raised 4 kids on a shoe string budget, and it made me someone who can take care of themselves.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
JM: My dream is to see my daughter grow up into a successful woman.
KR: My dream is to be a music writer for video games. I love writing boss battle music. Some of my favorite classic games have soundtracks that are burned into my brain, and gives me a sense of nostalgia.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
JM: I contributed 1 song to the current record . I joined the band at a later date. I am currently writing new material. It’s all about inner struggle and losing the ones you love in some way or another.
KR: The songs for Vyce//Versa came together collectively. Me and the bassist ( Rhandy DeGarmo ) wrote our first single together. A few songs came from my bedroom studio, and from the other members personal writing as well. Our vocalist ( Ricky Elam ) is an amazing lyricist, and we want our music to be motivational. I like to say our music is about moving on from the past, and making a better tomorrow.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
JM: Due to COVID we promote online through social media platforms.
KR: I like to take the traditional route in promotion. By that I mean word of mouth. Luckily I work in a huge office with people who are excited to hear my music. You can definitely keep track of any future events 9n our Facebook page and Instagram for Vyce Versa.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
JM: Downloading music online is a great way of marketing and exposing new artists. But it also makes more competition between different artist since the listener has countless musical artists at their disposal.
KR: I think generation I was born into saw a huge change in how we go about collecting music. Remember getting in someone’s car and having to flip through that binder for 10 minutes to find something? I think having music available,online is so convenient. As well as streaming platforms that also help us discover new music.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
JM: I wish I wrote Juice WRLD’s death race for love. It’s catchy, unique, and follows a structure while hitting emotional buttons.
KR: Oh man are there so many songs I wish I wrote. Its hard for me to answer, but I hope to come out with a banger that just makes someone want to listen to it on their way to work to get pumped up
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
JM: I hate when people act like they are better than others. Like get over yourself.
KR: When someone goes out of their way to correct grammer issues in a text. Like…..is this your first time texting?
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
JM: My proudest moment in music was when I learned how to perfect recording and mixing in GarageBand. I remember my friends asked me why I wasn’t signed.Were almost there (;
KR: My proudest moment in music is Vyce//Versa. I can be myself, and we wrote music that sounds amazing. I’ve been in a handful of bands before with great people who are still good friends, but theres something in the air when I’m in the same room as my bandmates that makes me want to push myself. There’s a lot of opportunities present to us right now that we are excited to announce, and I cant wait to grow with these guys.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
JM: I’m working on material for the next record. It’s going to be an expansion of Vyce Versa’s core sound. Fun and punchy.
KR: Right now I am getting songs together for the next album. My goal is to have the next absolute banger on the next album and really use new techniques to help us stand out.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
JM: Vyce//Versa’s music will be available very soon on Apple Music and Spotify.
KR: You will see a release from Vyce Versa on July 17th which will be our first single off of our self-titled EP on every major streaming service and online music store.