How would you describe your music?
I would describe my music as a blend of heavy electronic tones with a sprinkle of dark pop.
Tell us about how the history of the project?
I started Vanilla Sugar in my old apartment in Houston, Tx on a laptop and a midi keyboard. I originally released some older tracks online and was asked to perform live. I began touring after that, and I am now in the studio working on my new album, and planning a US tour / European tour.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
My musical influences are Mindless Self Indulgence, Grimes, The Prodigy, and Korn.
What inspires you?
A lot of different things inspire me. I usually write from past experiences, but sometimes I can see a movie and write from that. Funny story, I once wrote a song based off of Star Wars Episode III. I also sometimes feel inspired by the weather, or other friend’s experiences.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
I do write on the road, but definitely prefer to write in the studio. The things I compose on the road are usually for the live performance – covers, transitions, etc. I wrote the cover for “Thought Contagion”, by Muse, on a flight from Los Angeles to Houston.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
My favourite song to perform live is “So Pretty”, which will be featured on the upcoming album. It’s such a high energy piece, and it feels so good to get lost in the music on stage.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
I would love to be on tour with Grimes. I feel our music meshes well.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
I honestly love the shift in how music is experienced. Streaming is huge now, and as a listener – I appreciate that whatever song I would like to listen to is at my fingertips. I also love that when releasing a track, the song can be added to different playlists across Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud, etc. New listeners will experience your music, where they may have not discovered it without these streaming platforms.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
It’s funny looking back, but in the moment was super scary. We were travelling to Los Angeles from New Mexico. We were super low on gas, and driving through mountains, with no signal on the phone and the sun setting. I looked at Becca (merch manager / live sound) and was so worried. We couldn’t call for someone to bring us gas, so we decided to just coast as far as we could. We hit empty on our tank and, I’m really not sure how, but coasted to a small gas station at the bottom of a mountain. I was so relieved. It was crazy. We now make sure to fill up anytime we hit about half a tank.
What are your future plans?
I am currently working on a new album, and will be shooting the video for the first single soon. I am in the process of setting up a US tour for later this year, followed by a Europe run towards the end of the year.