Our ReverbNation Global Winners! LA's VATTICA
1. Who are you as a musician artist? What is your story?
Prentice (drums): Long story short, I’m a 3rd generation drummer. I’ve been drumming or playing instruments since I was 3 years old.
Alexander (vocals/guitar): I come from a musical family. I’ve been playing piano since I was 6, guitar since 13, singing since 14 and I can get around on the bass and drums.
2. Who are your musical influences?
Prentice: Everything from Justin Timberlake, Garth Brooks, 1975, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Our Lady Peace, to Motley Crue... many more.
Alexander: I love music so much; it’s a lot harder to find something I don’t like than what I like. But Our Lady Peace is one for sure, of course my all-time favorite band is Green Day. Some other favs of mine are Brian Setzer, B.B. King, Linkin Park,
3. What makes your music stand out in the music industry?
Prentice: In today's market, it has relevance and oversight.
Alexander: We write incredibly catchy alt-pop-rock with lyrics that have content. No filler.
4. In your opinion, what is the future of the music industry, let’s say in 5 years?
Prentice: More of the same nonsense it is today.
Alexander: I mean, it’s impossible to predict, but I think that the music business is going to be focusing on what sells, and what sells is driven by both fads and trends. In terms of musical styles, things seem to move in cycles that are constantly being inspired and reinvented.
5. What surprises you the most about music industry? Upsets you? Inspires you?
Prentice: The Music Industry does not inspire me. The upsetting part is it’s big business that takes the fun out of playing.
Alexander: I think the most surprising thing for most people is how much of a business it actually is, with all the good and bad elements that come with that. It upsets me when so much weight and credibility is given to big labels like they know what is going to sell, what is going to find an audience, when historically they are so very often wrong. You see the same thing with film studios; “who KNEW this could be a hit” etc. It’s inspiring when they take a chance on something new.
6. What’s your Poison?
7. How is your Music “your Religion”?
Prentice: Music is not my religion. However, when everything clicks on stage between the band and the crowd, there's very much a church community taking over. The community gathers to hear a message.
Alexander: Yeah, I think the experience of a concert can be almost spiritual, but I wouldn’t call it a religion, unless you’re referring to the worshiping of the famous and the cult of celebrity.
8. What are you creating with your artistry that changes the world?
Prentice: Nothing. We create music for the sole purpose that we have something to say and we like to create and play music. What changes the world is people responding and interpreting what we're doing and they expand on what we're doing and what we're saying. When they do that in the masses, something changes.
Alexander: I think that music can change a person, and a person can change the world. But yeah it’s still up to each individual.
9. What is the (spiritual, political, social) message of your music?
Prentice: Fuck Trump.
Alexander: Agreed. But more than that one sentiment, we write music and lyrics that, although they’re about something to us, are somewhat interpretive. We have sociopolitical songs, spiritual songs, lost songs, angry songs, love songs. We don’t limit ourselves to just one subject.
10. How has luck played a role in your career? Or not? What was your luckiest moment?
Prentice: We're not lucky.
Alexander: (gestures to Prentice) He’s Han, I’m Luke. (laughs)
11. What do you really think it takes to “make it” as an artist? List 3 important strategies.
Prentice: Readiness, Patience and Preparedness.
Alexander: Persistence, Talent, and Support.
12. What is your favorite life quote or philosophy that inspires you?
Prentice: “It doesn't matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop."
Alexander: I have so many for so many different moods. I post a lot of them on my instagram story (@alexander.millar).
13. 5 years ago what would you have done differently in your music career?
Prentice: Played the game smarter and less headstrong.
Alexander: I don’t like to second-guess my past self. You do the best you can with what you have, when you have it.
14. Where do you see your career going in five years? 10 years? Next year?
Prentice: Too far ahead to think about.
Alexander: Yeah if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that you can’t predict anything.
15. Legacy: At the end of the day, how do you want people to remember you and your work of art?
Prentice: I don't know. Everyone interprets art different. I provide the art for them to interpret. Our work is quite esoteric in that it takes on a different meaning or can be interpreted in many ways.
Alexander: I don’t really think about that. I try to stay in each present moment.