We have been very busy with our plans to promote our new album titled “ei8ht” which will be out November 20th. It will be available digitally worldwide and later in a couple of months we plan to release a very nice Vinyl and cassette editions.
Can you tell us more about the story behind your track ¨Nothing To Fear¨?
Nothing to fear is quite very interesting song. The song itself went through several musical transformations but the lyric content did not change. Nothing to fear is a song about self empowerment, the belief that only you and only you have the power to change your path in this life and it is you who is the pinnacle of creation in the universe . The verses carry a narrative in which we are referring to the human race as a whole. “You’re the most beautiful creature God Created” for example is directly speaking about us humans in this planet.
But it really comes down to what everyone feels it means to them.
We have a video on our Youtube Channel in which we explain the meaning behind thesong, check it out: https://youtu.be/4OFrTl_fDLo
Did any event in particular inspire the song?
All of our songs in our upcoming new album “ei8ht” are directly inspired by events in our lives or what we observe in this world.
“The Machine” for example is a purely political song denouncing our conformism with a system that has enslaved us and that keeps us subdued with meaningless hopes.
“Atomic Sun and Love Supreme” are the result of having my first child and discovering a whole new form of true love that I had never anticipated one could experience.
“Nothing To Fear and Cry of War” are songs of self determination and conquering your goals, dreams and desires.
“Let it Out” is a song that directly hits the core of this band, we believe in spirituality and we take part in Ayahuasca ceremonies. Something we take with profound respect. Let it Out is a narrative of what an Ayahuasca experience is.
Finally, “Don’t Forget About Us” and “ei8ht” deal with death and reincarnation, positive and negative, loss and gain.
How was the film experience?
Ahhh! filming videos is fun and hard work. Nothing to Fear has 2 videos the Lyric video and Official video.
The lyric video was entirely shot by Marek and me, entirely self made, done in one continuous shot and later added kinetic typography animation. By the time we shot the official video Elisa had joined the band. we learned a lot from the official video shoot particularly in dealing with people external to the band. We like both videos but the lyric video does shows us how we are naturally, the official video is more scripted.
The single comes off your new EP Ei8ht – what’s the story behind the title?
The name of the album is highly spiritual and esoteric. The number 8 has always been very powerful in human history. We felt the name of this album way before it was finished. Aside from the obvious number of songs in it the album, the music created for this album travels and touches many of these spiritual beliefs associated with the meaning of the number 8 in spiritualism and esoteric history. We are not writing music to jump on the bandwagon with the rest, we are writing music that we feel inside and reflects who we are as individuals and as a band.
Listen to the exclusive private stream here: https://soundcloud.com/thevon4u/sets/ei8ht-private-playlist/s-b8gEd
How was the recording and writing process?
The recording process was arduous, we found and further improved an existing studio and we recorded ourselves without the aid of an outsider. We took the whole DIY to its most extreme limits with OCD attention to detail from the fabric in our walls to the signal path going from and to the recording desk and all the outboard gear etc. The album was recorded produced and engineered all by us, with me manning the recording desk , explaining it all could be a whole MIX magazine 4 page article!
The writing process was easier, these songs had been played out many times but we took time to really disassemble them and tweak them before we even started recording.
Control room during the recording sessions
So the rest of the songs deal with relationships going wrong and that sort of topics?
No, none of the songs deal with relationships in the traditional sense, It might at first listen sound like that but is far very far from the man woman thing if at all.
Any plans to hit the road?
We are shooting for a spring tour next year and later european tour , want us in your town? Hit us up in social media! let’s talk.
What else is happening next in THE VON´s world?
We are focusing growing youtube channel audience in 2016 ( youtube.com/c/TheVon ) – subscribe please!
We also keep writing new material and we are currently working on a project to convert a blue bird 72+ seater school bus into a mobile stage/tour bus which we also plan to have it serve schools across the USA and help charities. We want this bus to be of help kids in need and also help us get across the country. Sponsors welcome!