What was the beginning pint for your music career? How did it all start?
I have been creating music for many years now, and since my 20s I had been in a variety of different bands and also a solo project called hollowtechnic. Unfortunately this project began getting stale and not heading in the right direction, so I needed a change. This is where Vulgarithm came from.
Was there any bumps on the road? What kind of challenges did you have to deal with?
One massive bump called Covid-19. Everything was all prepared to take Vulgarithm to the public and then the whole country shuts down and bands haven’t been able to perform properly ever since.
What was the most fulfilling and satisfying moment so far?
It’s all very early days for Vulgarithm so there haven’t been too many moments to savour, however the reception I have got from my EP releases during lockdown has been pretty good.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
Riff Rave, it takes the best riffs from early 2000s metal and puts it together with the best of 90s dance music. My love of rock and metal has always been at the forefront of writing but experience dance acts live in the past 3 or 4 years such as Underworld, Chemical Brothers, Orbital etc, I have now gone in a new and exciting direction.
What is your creative process like?
All ideas come from a simple hook on the guitar or synth, this gets built up and recorded if I really like it. I then play the demos in the car and sing along with them, when I find a good melody line then I start writing down lyrics and get recording again. This can take anywhere between a week or 6 months depending on how much time I have.
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
Algorithms in streaming, better pay for streaming and less reliance on streaming. I discovered many great bands by myself completely by accident either via radio or TV, I have yet to discover someone truly different from youtube algorithm or spotify. I have find bands I like, but nothing new and exciting. I also think sometimes this can push many young people down one direction and not getting the variety of music I think they desperately need. This is one of the reasons why big festivals outside of pop have the same headline acts every single year.
If you were asked to give a piece of advice to upcoming bands, what would that be?
Just enjoy making music and playing. If you focus too much on trying to make a living out of it you could well be disappointed. That’s not to say don’t try, try your hardest at everything in music, but remember the fundamental reason why you started to begin with.
What has been the best performance of your career so far?
In my other band BlackHawkDown we had to get extra security in a battle of the bands semi final because our fans were enjoying themselves so much, which in turn boosted our performance. Unfortunately I have yet to perform live with Vulgarithm but I can’t wait to have a similar experience.
If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing now?
I also teach the guitar for a living, so I have no idea. Music in some form or another has always been my path since the age of 10. Maybe I’d own a pub or a venue.
What is new with the band at the moment? What are you currently working on and would like to share
with the world?
Last month the 3rd EP of a trilogy was released, and now I have been promoted that. All 3 EPs can be bought on bandcamp at vulgarithm.bandcamp.com, and you can find your streaming platform of choice via vulgarithm.hearnow.com.
Everything can be all explained at www.vulgarithm.com