Vic Brando is a producer and solo performer from Germany. His innovative sound incorporates a wide variety of genres into a special alternative pop brew. Each project is a miniature time period with narratives about relationships, internal conflicts, and nuanced emotions. Vic attempts to express himself through innovation and embraces his departure from norms while being relatable to a broad audience of listeners. Artists like Tyler, The Creator, Kevin Abstract, Gorillaz, OutKast, and many more have influenced him.
ICARIA is a story about a relationship inspired by the myth of Icarus. The three songs featured in this unique concept EP are all quite dreamy and upbeat, but they do have some underlying melancholy vibes – foreshadowing a continuation of the story in a following concept EP. As you know, pride comes before the fall…
After his down to earth debut EP ‘see you at the border’ Vic Brando has found a taste for telling stories through concept EP’s. With a new larger than life approach to making music in his bedroom studio he is finally leaving earth, finding emotions and soundscapes you haven’t heard before.
This first part shows the emotions you get when you meet someone new, but there’s also lingering commitment issues waiting.” – Vic Brando
“Blue Waves” starts off as a unique blend of melodic rap drenched in ‘shoegazey’ guitars that effortlessly drops into an anthem with a huge roaring bass. Throughout a less than conventional arrangement Vic raps and sings about how he has been waiting to meet someone like the new person. The outro sounds like straight out of a perfume commercial, in the best way possible.
Whitewater” is a super upbeat and dreamy synth pop bop with melancholic vocals similar to those of Damon Albarn from the Gorillaz.
While you could mosh to Blue Waves, Whitewater is a song to dance to. The lyrics are about trusting the other person and being positively affected by them. But you can already hear some doubts forming about not being able to romantically love the person.
“Icaria” is the track that started this whole story in Vic Brando’s head. With a dreamy soundscape brought by synths and guitars mixed to a driving breakbeat this track really gives you the feeling of flying in a muscle car with wings. The OutKast inspired rap verse and the rest of the melodic lyrics are playing into a more intimate side of the relationship. Both partners are debating whether or not they should keep the relationship going just for the sake of their intimacy.
In an interview between Vic Brando and Mister Styx of musicarenagh, he delve deeper into his musical journey so far among other things.
ICARIA will be released on September 30, 2022. It was crafted by Vic Brando in his bedroom studio in Germany. A second part of the story will follow around the end of the year.
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What is your stage name
Is there a story behind your stage name?
I struggled for quite a while trying to find something meaningful for my stage name, so I just chose to americanize my actual name. It’s also a bit of a play on Marlon Brando, but more like a nod towards cinema in general, because I love movies.
Where do you find inspiration?
Mostly from other music and artists. But there’s also something about rainy Sundays that make you grab an instrument and write the most emotional songs. I haven’t yet managed to remember any of the songs I wrote in my dreams though.
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
Music was mostly just joy for me, but it also made me experience more complex emotions which I haven’t felt yet before due to my age. And I remember spending so many afternoons after school watching music videos on MTV and such. I was especially fascinated by music videos that told a story.
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
Not really, at least not the older generation. But all my cousins in my generation are super musical, there’s like such a stark contrast between the younger and the older generations it’s funny. I grew up thinking that I don’t even have rhythm though, because of awful teachers.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
. One day I said “Hey I wish I could play this song on a guitar” so I got my first guitar at the age of 18 and learned how to play it. From there I just delved deeper into making all kinds of music myself, because I realized that hey, I wasn’t too bad at it and it was fun.
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
The internet, lol. I teach myself pretty much everything by reading, watching videos and trying stuff out until I learn from mistakes and so on.
What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
The first concert I consciously went to was some kind of free festival… that I snuck into, because we wanted to skip the line. The only band we saw was some local folk-rock band. Even though I didn’t care for this genre I was jumping like crazy and there was a thunderstorm with lightning right behind the stage. Pairing that with the feeling of live music made the whole experience super surreal. And yep, the thunderstorm was the reason why we only managed to see one band.
How could you describe your music?
My music is a blend of all kinds of genres, but always framed by alternative pop. Lots of people have described it as unique, refreshing and catchy. I’m also trying to innovate and do new stuff no one has done before – I swear I don’t mean it in a pretentious way lol.
Describe your creative process.
It’s all over the place. First of all every song starts differently: sometimes from lyrics, sometimes from a sample, sometimes from a melody I come up with on the guitar. From then on it gets more chaotic. I sometimes change the whole meaning of a song, because I already started working on the cover art which evokes certain feelings and then I hear a song that inspires me and I want to bring that in aswell and… yeah you get it. Doesn’t help that I’m super detail focused.
What is your main inspiration?
Feelings and experiences.
What musician do you admire most and why?
I admire Tyler, The Creator the most, because he is just being himself unapologetically. And I can really vibe with his chaotic energy. But it’s a close one to Kevin Abstract, whom I admire for being so open about his feelings.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
Yes, I tried out many things stylewise. But I’m actually striving to go back to the way I made music before I wanted to sound “cool”, a time when I just did stuff that felt right and when I didn’t think about pleasing anyone.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
Wish I had one other than my own annoying perfectionism.
What are your interests outside of music?
Pretty much anything adjacent to art: cinema, photography, fashion, design, good books. But also, technology.
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
Something else that allows me to creatively express myself, maybe writing novels or movies.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
Promoting music. Seriously, it takes an unholy amount of work and also money to get your music out after you spent an even unholier amount of work making the music and everything around it.
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
. But you could also say that about other (entertainment) industries. I would also love it if music gatekeepers opened the gates to more artists no matter their streaming numbers.
Why did you choose this as the title of this project?
When I wrote the song Icaria I had the myth of Icarus in my head, but I wanted to make a love story out of it. “ICARIA” was just something that popped into my head and I thought it sounded beautiful and unique.
After listening back to the song Icaria I had this picture of me in a flying muscle car with wings in my head. So I had to learn how to use Blender, to be able to replicate it for the cover art: a somewhat y2k inspired modern depiction of the flight of Icarus.
Later I found out Icaria is actually a real island in Greece, named after the myth.
What are your plans for the coming months?
Mainly promoting the ICARIA EP, but also working on the second part of the story. I’m aiming to release it around the end of the year.
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans
I’m actually featured on a song coming out mid October, that I collaborated on with one of my very talented cousins!
What message would you like to give to your fans?
A big thank you to everyone that listens to, supports and shares my work. Every little bit helps and every little positive comment has an impact on me, so never be afraid to reach out if you got anything to share