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SPOTLIGHT
London every Wednesday to play in my punk band
when I was 15, which is an hour and a half from where
I lived in the countryside. Her dedication to me as an
artist is just ridiculous. My mom and dad encouraged
all of us to play instruments and also to be open-
minded. She’s very kind of a “hippie” mom. I’m just so
grateful to have them in my life really. It sounds corny
when I say that…but.
Rage: What were some of the first records you remember
liking?
VV: My very first record that I bought was Kriss
Kross and “Jump.” I used to wear my trousers back to
front (laughter) because I wanted to be like them. I
listened to a lot of ska records because my parents
are Caribbean and British. There was a massive ska
movement in the 1980s and they were part of that
scene. My dad loved Queen so I always used to listen
to Queen. I was forced to listen to Queen on the way
to school while my dad yelled to all the lyrics and
melodies. I got interested in The B-52s when I was
13. I loved their song “Love Shack” and that video was
awesome. Still, to this day that’s one of my favorite
videos.
Rage: You also have a desire to write film scores?
VV: Yeah, that’s my ultimate sort of desire. I love
pop music but when I was very young, I was always
interested in classical and jazz music. I suppressed it
for a long time because I didn’t think it was cool. My
heart…even before I knew I wanted to sing, the very
first thing I wanted to be was a composer. I remem-
ber that feeling when I was 5 around the piano. I was
getting this electrical shock over the fact that I just Rage: How would you describe your fashion sense? ing a 33-day tour all over America. That should be
created something from nothing. So the composi- VV: I would call it “Retro Diva Geek Chic.” announced really soon. We’ll be going on tour with
tion side of film music is all where it really started one of my really favorite bands, which I can’t really say
with me. Between the age of 5 and 10, I used to make Rage: My favorite right now off your debut is “L.O.V.E.” until it’s confirmed. It’s going to be fantastic. It’s just
up compositions. It would start off being 20 seconds What’s that first line you say at the beginning? going to be great to be on the road and have people
and led to 20-minute pieces. VV: Cool. [VV sings]…”You best believe I’m in love really actually feel the record live. I truly believe this is
baby!” where it really starts—to see the live performance.
Rage: I read you used to read your sister’s Vogue as a kid. So
did I. Rage: Do you have plans in the works to tour with this? Rage: The best of luck with this.
VV: (laughter) VV: Yeah, we’re actually in the process of confirm- VV: Ahhh…thank you. Take care.
28 RAGE monthly | MARCH 2010
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