Q&A: V-DEVICE – Desert Grunge

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Naples based “desert grunge” quartet, V-Device released their second studio album in January 2015, and it was a good reason to get in touch with the band and talk about “Vidana,” and things that led to its inception. Read more below.

Define the mission of V-Device.

V-Device love to play rock. That’s all.

You recently released your sophomore studio album titled “Vidana.” Tell me about the creative process that informed the new material.

Vidana is a Muse. Our true inspiration. Like the Cumaean Sibyl. An oracle. She is a woman that we have honored: our Goddess.

V-Device - VidanaHow did you document the music while it was being formulated?

We weren’t happy at very first sight, as always. V-Device love to take their time in listening and “living” the songs to understand what is missing and what can be added.

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected or is it an organic outgrowth of performing them together?

It is a well architected flow. Our aim was to create a path on which different songs could move, yet maintaining a well-defined mood.

Describe the approach to recording the album.

All songs are usually acoustically written by the guitar/singer Davide Verde. Then the other guys of the band Guy Costanzo (bass), Fabius Shiva (synth/piano) and Luca Bravaccino (drums) color the songs by their arrangement.

How long was “Vidana” in the making?

It took three years to record “Vidana”. We had a lot of songs to work on. Then we made a strict selection on 13 tracks. After the first album “Calling Europe” we wanted to find new solutions. We chose our favorite tunes amongst many but in the meanwhile we have experimented a new kind of music that we have called Desert Grunge (Desert Veda): a mix between psychedelic stoner and 90′s Seattle Sound.

Tell me about the themes the album captures.

There are many themes throughout the album. Revenge and Society (Klown Torture), 3 A.M. (Chained Love), Police Brutality (Policeman Blues), Historical Issues (Atahualpa) Last Inca Emperor, Sweetie Jack (Alcohol)…

Provide some insight into the group’s chemistry that allows this music to emerge.

V-Device have a powerful and groovy grunge/stoner sound, with psychedelic inserts and a raging loud voice.

How do you know when a piece is complete?

A song is finished when, after you’ve listened to it a hundred times, you don’t want to add or subtract something.

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the album?

Soundgarden, The Mars Volta, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Faith no More, Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age.

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How would you describe what you create to someone who didn’t hear you before?

Desert Grunge.

What kind of gear do you use for recording your music?

Pro Tools and all C33 Studios Equipment (thanks to Simone Genovese).

What is your view on technology in music?

Technology is important… if accompanied by a clever mind.

Do you see the band’s music as serving a purpose beyond music?

Yes, we come from Naples (Italy) but we achieve in playing abroad by rock and english music. We are proud that people from our place look at us as an inspiration.

What advice or philosophy might you impart to other musicians, be it in forms of creativity, technical stuff, the business side of it, or anything else?

Rock On and never lose your Faith. It is hard times for music but satisfaction comes suddenly!

What are your plans for the future?

Keep on rocking’ all around Europe.

Follow V-Device on Facebook, and purchase “Vidana” from iTunes.

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