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In the Spotlight with Vix!

todayNovember 10, 2022 27 1

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In the Spotlight with Vix!

 

In today’s In the spotlight I am proud to give you Vix!

Thank you so much for joining us today.

 

I have to know.. How did you come up with the name Vix?

It’s my name! I was born Victoria but have never been called that unless I’ve been
at the doctors – not ever from my parents. I have almost always been Vicky or Vix
since childhood. As an adult, in my early professional working life, I was working
in a large organization with two other new starters Vicky too! So I said – call me
Vix going forward and it’s been pretty much exclusively that since.

As a recording artist I’ve only been Vix or Vixytrix – there also happens to be
another Vix in my local area and I’m determined to be the “Vix” who doesn’t need
to use their surname, but is just the Vix!

 

When and how did you fall in love with music?

Music has always been prevalent in our household. My parents are big lovers of
music – my dad listening to Queen, Pink Floyd, Simply Red (and then Pendulum)
late at night in his office – in the room next to our bedroom. My mum would be
listening to pop music in the day namely Michael Jackson, Abba and Anastacia.
So there is no core memory that really encapsulates an initial falling in love with
music, it was just something that was lived and breathed at home as well as with
friends at school. I grew up in a generation where we all had to read music
magazines to find out when albums were being released and queue up at the
shops at the weekends to get the latest releases.
That being said, I’m not from a musical family at all – no one plays any
instruments! I was much more academic growing up, so I never really heard
myself sing until I was 18 and had a car and had the freedom and confidence to
sing out loud.

 

From just listening to music to creating your own, what made you take that leap?

I was quite late to the game of investing in myself and singing as a “hobby” then
accepting what I feel is now, just a way of life and a part of me. In a gap year, I was
living in a remote area of Australia when I really got to hear myself sing standing
up and performing with no one around for miles. I knew when I came back to the
UK that – even without a penny to my name – this was something I wanted to
invest my energy and money into.
I had professional lessons with two teachers across five years getting the
opportunity to perform as a soloist, as an ensemble performer, record with
producers doing covers and working on others’ original projects. By my late
twenties I had a healthy mixture of experiences working with producers, often
being asked to write lyrics and melodies, or any variation of session singing on
small and more commercial projects.
By my thirties I had more gigging and band experience but what really catapulted
my need and desire to realize my own stories a solo recording artist were two merging factors; firstly being encouraged by other “real” musicians to recognize
my unique qualities including song writing. Being a prolific lyricist and melody
maker, I thought, was commonplace and never put much value into this initially.
Secondly, and more impactfully the deep personal losses I’ve suffered in the last
few years across a very complex fertility journey, most recently resulting in the
birth of my stillborn daughter this year. I live in fear of regrets more than anything
so I just wanted to be sure that I could turn around in 10 years’ time and say, yes
2022 was another hard year but also it was the year that Buried Alive the EP
happened and that was beautiful and joyful and something I’m proud of.
I really had to get over my own insecurities, lack of self confidence and esteem in
this area of my life that I’ve quietly dedicated so much time to in the background,
and say fuck it, this is me, and when I die, I want to say I gave my life my all. There
are no do-overs, and I don’t want to feel like I wasted a second of it.

 

Who is your biggest inspiration and where do you find your strength when things are just not going your way?

I couldn’t put one singular person as an inspiration – but I would say that there is
a particular moment in an interview between an Australian TV presenter and
Stevie Nicks (of Fleetwood Mac fame), that was very inspiring to me as it really
resonated with how my own brain works. In around 2009 Stevie was releasing
another studio album, well into her sixties, and the interviewer asks “after all this
time where do you get inspiration from?” and her answer just really echoed with
my own creative process. I’m paraphrasing; but she talked about how she has
such a “vivid memory” and can “develop tiny, momentary meetings in her life into
stories”. This is something I’ve always found myself doing and I would say I can
be inspired by the tiniest of interactions with someone to write about a love story
that never was or a relationship that turned sour.
I find strength from a few places; internally I’m very driven to be productive when
I’m going though a hard time. At my core I have this deep desire to be self-
sufficient so I am actually professionally and creatively most productive when I’m
deeply worried, stressed or upset about something, almost as if I need to
counteract my inability to engage with one aspect of my life – by throwing myself
in another direction. I find great strength in knowing I can look after my basic
needs regardless of what might be going on around me or to me.
Externally I find strength from incredibly supportive friends and family but
honestly MUSIC is my number one strength builder when life is tough! I’m not
saying that to be cheesy – it really is – I must on average listen to several hours of
music on any day of the week – music is always there to lift me up, shake me out
of myself, comfort me, help me be productive, help me feel included when
someone sings something so applicable to me. I also can speak from real
authentic experience of trauma and PTSD that memories revolving around music
have been essential to my healing so it really has, in many ways, saved me and
been a great source of strength these last few years.

 

What are you working on at the moment?

At the moment I’m working up the confidence to shoot a music video to Wanna Go
Out Out – it’s become a bit of a runaway success of the EP and really deserves to have the story told visually too. The video treatment has been written, it’s in the
pre-production stage. I just need to get out of my own way and have fun with it.

 

What are your plans for the future?

For my immediate musical future I’d like to prepare for gigging the Buried Alive EP
– I’m a team player and will probably look to work with a male and female fronted
band where we can bring together pop-punk or alt rock-metal core styles and
come up with a gig-able touring band. I’m constantly being asked at this stage if
I’m gig ready with a band, but it is harder to find a band to commit to gigging an
album they were not part of creatively developing when you aren’t attached to a
label – they have to really believe in the music and we have to all share a common
vision of what we want to achieve.
Touring the UK as a support act would be an absolute dream for 2023.

 

What is the one thing you want your Fans to know?

Fans! Wow. Aside from my mum I don’t know if I’ve heard that word yet 🙂 I think
just that I am a “regular” 30 something human – who is fallible – I’m to old, too fat,
too rude, and too blue to be a famous person, so let’s keep it a small club, eh?
I don’t have the lungs or talent of Adele, so will never be famous enough for a
weight loss montage. I don’t have the talent, youth, or quick wit of Lewis Capaldi
so I can’t get away with having verbal diarrhea and being an average looker.

 

What is the one thing you want the Music industry to know?

I’m grateful to really be engaging in the music industry at a time where, providing
you have a combination of “Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent” then you
really can make it regardless of what moulds you do or don’t fit into. If you can
nurture your talent and fanbase yourself initially someone will pick you up and
give you opportunities. So I am grateful to see such relatable representation all
across the world in lots of different ways not just as a plus sized lady, but as a self
confessed “elder emo”, or as a multi genre artist.
But, aside from gratitude, the one main thing I’d like some people in the music
industry to know is that kindness is FREE. I’m lucky to have thick skin and a day
job, but my gosh I’ve come into contact with some unnecessarily rude people,
who go out of their way to be cruel in the name of being “honest”. Well honestly
without tact can be cruelty, and it would not cost you anything more in energy to
stomp all over peoples dreams, perhaps a little more gently.

 

That was my chat with Vix and I hope you found it as interesting as I did.

Don’t forget to checkout the links so YOU can find out more about Vix!

 

 

And YOU can find more from me here

https://linktr.ee/creativereader

 

 

And YOU can find more from SLE here

https://linktr.ee/SLE_Radio

 

That was everything from me for this time.

Winter is almost here (in some places it already is) so if you are out and about in the dark, pls be careful and stay visible.

Take care and Cya next time!

🙂

 

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