Interview with Andrea of Venus Walk
by Sonic Boom Magazine
SB: What was
the motivation to move from Denver to San Francisco?
A.D: The climate, the ocean, the culture,
all kinds of things.
Was the music scene in either city a factor in deciding to
A.D: No. There are talented musicians in
both places. There is just more of everything here.
SB: Have you
or David received any formal type of musical training?
A.D: Just a few Jazz piano lessons here
SB: So, the
majority of your musical knowledge has been self taught?
A.D: Yes. Music has always been in my family.
My father and my brother also play guitar and keys.
SB: What made
you choose this particular style of music over any other to work with?
A.D: I think it just grew on me once I
got into keyboards. I started out playing guitar and drums, but I became
fascinated by what keyboards could do. I really love manipulating sound.
SB: What type
of method do you use when you compose your music? Do you follow some
type of rigorous model, or it is more vague and abstract?
A.D: It varies, but usually I have a clear
picture of what I want to say and how I want the music to feel. So we
develop sounds and rhythms to create a mood.
SB: Have you
ever been placed in a very thought provoking situation and then immediately
sat down afterwards and wrote a song because of that occurrence?
A.D: Yes, like on "Isolation" which
is about how when you walk down the street and see people who obviously
need help, but very rarely do we reach out to them. I think everybody
is affected emotionally by our society in much the same way.
SB: Are you
trying to make your audience aware of some of these problems through
A.D: No, that is not the purpose of our
music because I think people are aware of the major problems. Some of
the lyrics are about social issues, but the others are just twisted
love songs. Part of "Isolation" just questions why there are
so many lonely people in an overpopulated world. I think zero population
growth would really give nature and society a time to heal.
SB: That is
an interesting opinion because there was just news coverage about problems
the Chinese were having with all the single children families that were
mandated by law years ago.
A.D: You can't force an agenda or philosophy
like that. People have to make a conscious decision for themselves.
SB: Do you
have any strong musical influences that have affected the way you write
your own music?
A.D: I like to listen to many different
kinds of music, from jazz to classical. When I write I just dig deep
for the kinds of moods and sounds that appeal to me. It is a mixture
of sounds, so we have an electro audience, but we also do really well
with the gothic crowd.
SB: I think
that does give you one advantage, simply because no one has pigeon holed
you into a specific genre, thereby allowing you to stay more open with
A.D: The critics do seem to have a hard
time writing about us, which is fine, I just hope to keep exploring
music and expanding. I wouldn't want to keep writing in the exact same
SB: Are you
afraid that people might take your music wrong? That they might get
something out of the music which is the opposite of your intention?
A.D: No, I am not afraid of that. It happens
most of the time with all kinds of art.
SB: How did
Venus Walk originally form?
A.D: I had been playing in other bands
and I wanted to find someone to collaborate with, so I placed an ad
and met David. We get along great and it has always been fun to write
SB: Do you
have any plans to play any live shows now that you are in San Francisco?
A.D: Probably not right away. I think David
wants to get more involved with computer animation for a while and I
would like to continue to write and possibly collaborate with other
people. I really appreciate the value of collaborating with someone.
It can take the music in a surprising direction.
SB: What made you decide to release this album independently and
do all your own promotional work instead of shop the album to a label?
A.D: I did send it to few record labels,
but not many. When Dave and I were ready to record the songs it just
seemed natural to move forward and put it on CD and release it through
our own production company, Bent Productions. It was great for us to
be able to have all the artistic control and I really enjoyed engineering
and producing it. I did talk to Ric from Ras Dva records after it was
pressed and he is helping us out a lot. He has done some promotions
and he has included us in his catalog and advertisements. I appreciate
all his support. I am just not able to do enough through Bent Productions.
It would be great to reach a broader market and have enough money to
I don't feel that advertising is enough. I think advertising simply
promotes awareness, which is good, I think reviews of music are an integral
part of luring into a prospective buyer.
A.D: I think an ad with a description is
a good thing. I like to include the fact that we have a female vocals
for people who might be looking for something different. Reviews depend
on who the reviewer is and if they are familiar with the genre. Radio
play is the most effective since music is a sonic art, but unfortunately
there are not many stations willing to take that chance. There are many
things that would help the underground get a little more exposure, and
I am not talking about overexposure. There are artists who are satisfying
their creative endeavors without having to shove their music down the
consumers throats. People always seem to think that music only exists
in two extremes, the artistic underground and the over exposed commercial
scene, which isn't true. There are people like Tom Waits who are not
over exposed and yet still retain an artistic license over their music.
SB: Have you had any fan feedback of any
kind from the album yet?
A.D: Yes, I have, but the album is just
now getting out to the public. The advertisements are showing up in
various magazines like Permission, Industrial Nation and Alternative
SB: Do you
think having the track on the "There Is No Time" compilation
helped people become aware of your music as well?
A.D: Yes,. I loved being a part of that
compilation and that is how I met Ric from Ras Dva. I think it was really
an amazing thing for Ras Dva to do. I mean 60 different bands is a lot
of people to deal with.
SB: Is Bent
Productions just a business started just to market Venus Walk?
A.D: I started it when we released our
first album, but I can use it for other projects that I am involved
with, such as photography and video.
SB: It sounds
to me like you are trying to make your art, which consists of music,
photography, video etc. your business.
A.D: If you mean earn a living from art,
yes that would be nice, but I do it for my own enjoyment and peace of
SB: Is there
anything more you'd like to add before we finish?
A.D: It was nice meeting you and thanks
for contacting me. Keep up the good work in supporting the underground.
-Sonic Boom Magazine