Yard Of Blondes – Interview
Interview with Vincent Jacob (Guitar/Vocals) of Yard Of Blondes and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
VJ: We’re a rock band from Los Angeles but our members are from France (Fanny and Vincent), Turkey (Burak) and from Northern California (Forrest).
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
VJ: Fanny and I met in 2010 in LA. It’s funny because we’re both French but we had to come here to find each other. We started as an acoustic duet but soon we wanted to expand our horizon and we looked for other musicians to form a full band. The line up has changed over the years but we are now stabilized. We released several EP’s over the years (https://yardofblondes.bandcamp.com/) and we are about to release our debut album later this year. It’s a huge milestone for us.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
VJ: Our biggest influences are the artists from the ’90s, especially from the grunge music scene but also older bands like The Beatles and Black Sabbath and newer bands like The Strokes, Silversun Pickups or Queens of the stone age. The other artists that have a big influence on our band are David Lynch or Francis Bacon the painter.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
VJ: Our dream is to tour the entire world with the upcoming album. We’ve been lucky enough to play in Europe and the US and we hope to expand our horizons.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
VJ: I do write the songs in the band although for the record, Billy Graziadei (Biohazard), our producer, helped me refine the songs and arranged them with me. Most of the songs we do come from a dark place. I guess I’m part of these songwriters who use music as a catharsis. I talk about my anxieties and insecurities mostly.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
VJ: We mainly use Social Networks nowadays and occasionally we hire a PR. Although, recently we have handled our promo ourselves, trying to build genuine relationships with people like you.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
VJ: I’m totally cool with it. Most of the time,I stream music myself. But for records I really love, I usually buy them in Vinyl. I like hearing the noise of the needle cracking on the record, it’s the best feeling.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
VJ: I guess I wish I’d written: « Smells like teen spirit ». It’s just a simple yet powerful song, so catchy but also raw energy. It’s definitely a classic and time will remember it.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
VJ: One of my biggest pet peeves is being stuck in traffic. Of course, an Angeleno should say so. ha ha
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
VJ: Playing the Troubadour in Los Angeles was one of the best moments of my life. Being on a stage with so much history is an indescribable moment.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
VJ: We’re working on our live show and preparing the release of the album. It’s exciting!
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
VJ: We don’t have any scheduled shows yet. We’re preparing the live shows first but soon we’ll announce new dates.
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