Interview: VAYA

We recently sat down with a bunch of artists from the Rogue PR label, with us being very grateful for the opportunity to interview them all. Our next chat is with Raphael and Phil from VAYA about their tour plans, influences and inner-natives.

Interview by Jane Howkins

How is 2019 treating you so far?
Raphael: The first part of 2019 is going pretty good. We performed last week at a very welcoming festival in Toronto. We are going back to the Toronto Union Sound company studio to record a new sound
Phil: We just had a contest in Toronto last Saturday and we’re still waiting if we’re into the final or not. Then we’ll see at the end of the year. We might have another tour in South America.

Have you released any music so far this year? If so, what can you tell us about that?
R: We released last year a beautiful double album (studio + live), 1,000 hand-written numbered copies.
P: Not that much until now. We made a few records but they’re not finished yet!

Are you working on any new music at the moment? What are you working on, and when will it be released?
R: We have recorded a beautiful track in January at the Toronto Union Sound Company with Darren Mcgill. A video-clip has been shot in Japan last month with VAYA. The full video-clip should be released in September. Stay tuned for teasers!
P: Yes, we’re looking forward to write new songs but we didn’t really have the opportunity to work on it altogether yet.

Have you got any upcoming tours planned? If so, where are you playing and where are you looking forward to going most?
R: We are planning a tour in South America for the end of this year, and a Canadian tour in 2020.
P: Yes, we’re looking forward to go on tour to South America at the end of the year.

Who/what has influenced you the most as musicians?
R: Jack White, Coldplay, Queen, Twenty One Pilots
P: Many bands and specially many guitar players like Nuno Bettencourt, from “Extreme” Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen etc.

What have you been listening to recently that you can recommend to our readers?
R: I have been listening to the new EP of Velvetfish.
P: I haven’t really been listening to any particular music lately but what I like the most are Rock, Hard-Rock, Heavy Metal, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Country, Pop etc.

Why do you think people should pick up one of your records or come and see you live, and what can people expect from one of your shows?
R: The powerful voices and rhythms are incredible. It wakes up the little native there is in all of us.
P: Because it’s something very original, Rock, Amerindian Hard-Rock with a great powerful voice, a great rhythm with a lot of contrast and good arrangements!

Any last words for the fans?
R: Thank you everybody to follow us, wherever you are in the world/universe!
P: Yeah, Keep On Rocking and be happy!