Vitamin – Interview

The press release kicked off with “Vitamin formed in 2014, whilst all of the members were still studying. They collectively dropped out of college to focus on the band, and signed to National Anthem earlier this year, a subsidiary of Columbia Records, to release their first two EPs – Giving It Up and To Believe, following in the footsteps of the likes of Haim, CHVRCHES and Wet in releasing their debut via the label.”

Dropping out of education to concentrate on music is a bold and committed move, coupled with that, we’ve heard a lot of things about this Indie quartet through the likes of NME. As a result we thought it best to get of our bottoms and investigate.  We spoke to Jared:

Many thanks for agreeing to do the interview! Could you tell us a little about how the band formed and how you settled upon the name Vitamin for the band?

Anytime! I met Theo and Cam when I was 12, we’d get together and play Smashing Pumpkins covers in our lunch breaks, then I met Harry at a party about two years and signed him up there an then. The word itself just felt ‘right’ to us, I immediately assumed there had to already be another VITAMIN out there somewhere and coming to discover no-one had it yet, made it feel as if it was meant for us.

There’s something of an 80’s pop sound in your music, could you tell us who your influences are?

My biggest influences come the music I grew up on as a child. The Soul and Motown records my mum would play around the house resonate with me the most, Marvin Gaye, The Isley Brothers, The Jackson 5, as well as the big folk artists from the same era Joni Mitchell and Tracy Chapmen.

Newcastle looked absolutely mental! What were you thinking when you saw how much the audience were getting into your music?

Newcastle went off on this tour! It was my first time i’ve ever visited, let alone with the band and the response we had was mad. People lost it completely, seeing a crowd involved like that feels almost as if you’re watching the way the music sounds.

Are there any personal favourite songs that you love playing live?

There’s this new track of ours ‘Brothers and Sisters’ we only started playing it on this tour, so it is completely unheard by anyone, but without fail it was the track in the set people would always lose it to. It just has that vibe to it, I can’t wait to release it.

Could you tell us a little about how you work on writing songs, and the back ground of the track ‘This Isn’t Love’?

That song almost came together by accident. We were just messing around at the end of a session and then out of thin air the riff came and the rest of the song just poured out. The track is about coming to realise you can’t reciprocate the love that you receive within the confines of a relationship.

You also do ‘Brothers and Sisters’ the club night, could you tell us about how that came about?

Well we’ve always been looking for something presented a club environment but with live music being focal point and it was something that we’d never really found, so thought why not do it ourselves then? We wanted give the whole thing a real sense of community, so we invited friends to share the stage with us bringing us back to the name, ‘Brothers and Sisters’.

What have you got planned for Vitamin next for this year?

We’ll continuing releasing, recording, writing and touring just more of everything! We have a bunch of festivals coming up this summer, particularly excited for Great Escape this year.

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