Interview – Victoria Dodson

I recently included the song Homesick by Victoria Dodson in a round-up review and playlist about Canadian artists. She has a great sound – make sure you check the song out at the bottom if you like what you read below!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a track titled Homesick, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the song, and where can it be purchased?

Homesick is about being deeply in love with someone and through time, realizing that they’ve changed so much and they just aren’t the person you initially fell for anymore. The change could be for the better or for the worse, but all that matters is that you miss who they used to be. Homesick can be purchased just about anywhere you would buy music! (Amazon, iTunes, etc…)

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

The pandemic is really what started it all for me. I had the time to figure out what I wanted my future to be, and realized that every future I had ever wanted had something to do with music, whether it was to be in musicals or orchestras. I wanted to make a name for myself, and I wanted to have a bright future. That sort of thing isn’t really possible where I’m from in West Virginia. I was finally inspired to make my own music because of the song ‘39 by the band Queen, though my first recordings were nothing short of a synth-pop nightmare! After a year or two I finally came into my own, and now my music is almost entirely folk driven.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

Writing is a personal nightmare, it’s always been making the music that has been what’s worthwhile for me. If I can’t crank out lyrics in about 10 minutes at 3AM, then they never come! However, one of my closest friends is an incredible lyricist and musician, and we are planning on collaborating further in the future. They helped me a lot with the lyrics for my most recent single Goodnight. The production of a song is just about the same for me, I have to find something that really sticks out to me to be able to hear the rest in my head. The hard part is simply translating what I hear internally to midi and audio tracks.

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

I may do one or two more in the near future, releasing independently is expensive and so is life in general. It really depends on if I can’t wait any longer for a song to be out in the public eye! On the other hand, since I’m independent, I have to do everything in terms of promoting my music on my own, feeling like a broken record at times. It is pretty exhausting. Well, we’ll see!

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

I get a huge part of my inspiration from bands like Lord Huron or artists like Gregory Alan Isakov, but that’s just from my general sound. Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas made me realize that it was possible to make music from my own bedroom, (which I’m still guilty of now,) as did Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo of Daft Punk. These artists all started off small and were able to get to where they are now. Right now I’m listening to a bunch of different songs from different artists, though rather begrudgingly I will admit that about half of my playlist right now is Lord Huron…

Where are you based? What is the music scene like in your part of the world? Are you influenced by your surroundings?

I’m based in Laval, Quebec! Due to the pandemic though, I have no idea what the scene is like currently. I’m not really inspired by my surroundings themselves, rather the emotions they provoke.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

I don’t! I genuinely don’t even know where to start in terms of looking into that sort of thing, and I’m sure it’ll be money I don’t have. That would be the dream, though.

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

In a world where I’d be able to do shows, I think they’d be mostly acoustic. Once again though, I still have to figure this aspect of it all out…

Any last words for the fans?

One of my biggest goals in music has always been to create something that myself and people who have lived similar experiences can connect to. I hope that the words I sing make people feel a bit less alone, a gentle hug for the mind. If anyone is in need of something like this, I can only hope to provide.