Interviews: Vyces

In this new occassion we have had the opportunity to interview the Metal/Hard Rock band Vyces, from USA. Check out this band and give them a like on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

The idea for the name Vyces is a way to reach our audiences. Everyone has their own vice, or vices, and our music explores this side of human nature. Vices can be anything from substances to relationships and sharing these experiences is an exercise of therapy for ourselves as well as the many people who feel no one can understand or relate. That's why we are Vyces.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

Hard rock and heavy metal is something that is in our core. Sure, we all have other influences, but this is the sound that inspires our passion. We never really set out to be simply a metal band, we just commit to making music that gets our blood pumping, or taps into our emotions. We have to believe in what we're doing or no one else will.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

Russ, our drummer, is really the guy that pulled us together. He and Dave had been friends for years. Russ and I had played in several bands together. And Russ worked with Andrew in the past as well. When Dave called Russ about starting Vyces Russ knew he had to reach out to the right people. There's more to being in a band than just being a solid musician. You have to be able to work with these people everyday. We're like a little family. We do everything together, even share in each other's tragedy. We're really lucky to have the team we do.

4. Each band member favourite band?

It's so hard to narrow down one favorite band. Hell, even top five is hard! I can't speak for the other guys, but, the bands that have stayed constant for me would be The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Pantera, Nine Inch Nails, and Slipknot. I like music that inspires me and that inspiration can come in the form of a love song, or something that makes me want to just fucking rage! Passion inspires me.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Life experience is the inspiration behind the songs. It's incredible discovering how similar most people are by sharing such intimate emotions with perfect strangers. Most people, myself included, tend to be guarded. Music has a way of tearing those guards down and connecting people. We're discovering that people are similar it's really just circumstances that are different.

6. Where was your last gig?

The last gig was at Jake's Backroom in Lubbock, TX. It was great to be back there. Last time I was there I fell off a table singing Billy Idol's Rebel Yell during karaoke. Good times, hahaha!!!

7. Where would you like to act?

Act? I went into music to be genuine. I'm a shit actor, hahaha!! But, getting to perform places like Madison Square Garden or Carnegie Hall would be a life time achievement award in it's self. Like the people who climbed Everest, it's for that accomplishment. To be able to look back and say "Damn, I did that".

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

When the day comes that I am asked to perform at Carnegie, or the Garden, doesn't matter who's asking, damn well better believe Vyces will be on that stage.

9. Whom not?

I would never want to rule out the possibility working with artists. It seems that barriers between genres have broken. Younger music listeners seem to like what they like no matter what the style is. And many music festivals are featuring artists ranging from pop to extreme metal. I would never rule out the potential of playing a great show.

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

I have totally experienced stage fright. As a teenager playing my first shows I would get so freaked out that my hands would tremble and I could I would have trouble breathing. And the best thing to do is just get your ass up there and do it. Those jitters get replaced by the rush of applause pretty damn quick. One other piece of advice I would give is to be prepared. Prepare so much that you're literally rehearsing in your sleep. That way when you get that fright your body will instinctually know what to do.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?  

I broke my foot on this tour and I'm not the first that this has happened to. My first time seeing Slipknot, I think it was Side who broke his leg, and he continued the tour. This has happened to Dave Grohl and Ronnie James Dio and as I'm learning countless other musicians. Seeing their dedication was the first thing that came to mind when my foot broke. Broken bones can't stop me from doing what I love!!

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

The weirdest thing a fan has ever asked me for was a pair of underwear I wore on stage. And the answer was a a confident no, hahaha!! A lot of sweat goes into a Vyces show and those underwear should be incinerated after every show.

13. What do you think of your fans?

The fans are the best! It's great seeing more people getting involved with our music. Looking out and seeing people in Vyces shirts and singing along to the songs. We couldn't do what we do without all of you awesome people coming out and supporting us. I am truly grateful for every single fan.

14. What do you think of our site?

The Breathing the Core site is a fantastic resource of music happening around the world. I'm seeing bands from Germany, Italy, Australia, amongst other places. Even with the internet bringing the world together it can be hard to find out what's going on in other music worlds. Sites like Breathing the Core make it so easy to connect with music. I certainly recommend it to my friends and everyone else.

15. Something to add?

Thank you for taking the time to take a look inside the world of Vyces from my eyes. 

Stay connected with us by visiting where you'll find connections to our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube pages. You can watch our music videos and find out about upcoming tour dates.

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