What was the beginning pint for your music career? How did it all start?
Hywel: I loved music and constantly was listening to new music. After listening to With Roots Above And Branches Below by The Devil Wears Prada, I knew I wanted to make music. After that I just started practicing vocals and started my first ever band. It all led up to what you see in Virtue In Vain today.
Was there any bumps on the road? What kind of challenges did you have to deal with
Hywel: The biggest issue was finding the right people. Getting on as friends but also creatively. Now we all feel comfortable and done so much more as Virtue In Vain. The other issue is just trying to play more shows and obviously covid putting a halt on things for 2 years.
What was the most fulfilling and satisfying moment so far?
Hywel: Releasing our EP ‘Dusk//Dawn’ and our latest single ‘The Whispers of Sleep’. We really started to get our sound in these releases and to see the positive feedback really has been amazing
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
Hywel: Metalcore but more on the progressive side of metalcore. I would also say our music really displays our passion and raw energy that we put into each song.
What is your creative process like?
Hywel: I love writing concept pieces and songs. We start with a couple of riffs and concepts to try out. We then come together and started jamming some ideas and from there we decide on a direction we would like to take our music in.
After that it’s just hours of listening to the song, editing and re doing it. We always feel that every song should be as strong as the next, so we never settle for second best.
If you were asked to give a piece of advice to upcoming bands, what would that be?
Hywel: For an upcoming band it would purely be just write what you like and keep doing it. The more you play the better you will be. Plus experiment with ideas that you might be afraid to try out. That’s really when you start discovering new ideas.
What has been the best performance of your career so far?
Hywel: It was when we played with Ice Nine Kills & Shields. It was the first show we played with our current line up and for me it was when the band felt really complete. It was a pleasure to share the stage with such an accomplished band and was something I won’t forget.
If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing now?
Hywel: I like to think I would be doing full time artist management to help bands out. Either that or something with a creative outlet. I tend to be drawn to creative avenues. I have started learning how to do photography and basic editing so I imagine it will be something like that.
What is new with the band at the moment? What are you currently working on and would like to share with the world?
Hywel: Right now we are working on our next EP and working on a few tours that will be announced later this year. It is really exciting what we have planned for the future for Virtue In Vain and I can’t wait to get it all out.