So I totally found out I can post my project after all. Hope yall enjoy =)
Theresa's Dream Interview Day 1
Writing isn't easy whether you're writing a book, biography, a poem, a song, or even a screenplay. With this recent project, I take off and venture into a story, not of my own, but of one who has had a deeper impact on the lives of others. Maybe you've heard of them, Theresa's Dream. They are the up and coming local band from the streets of a neighborhood that you and me probably grew up knowing. Before they venture off into bigger and better things, I wanted to be the first to really get behind the scenes of what makes their music act as a beacon for its many fans.
I am joined by Theresa's Dream front man, Vincent Velice. Before I begin, I would like to stress how grateful I am for this and how important it is for me. So again many thank yous.
Vincent- Not a problem at all.
So where do I begin?
Vincent- It's your gig bro.
Yes of course. Well first let me delve into the subject, why metal? A genre of music that is typically associated with high drug use, anger, and a sense of anarchy?
Vincent- Well it's easy to generalize an idea that you're not completely familiar with isn't it. This generalization typically comes from the part of society that idolizes artist that constantly showcase songs about sex, drug use, sex, club life, and did I mention sex. You know those videos that always have half naked women parading around. Yet it is still questioned why teen hormones are shooting through the roof. Pregnancy reaching record breaking numbers. The same artist "popping mollys" and using words that dont, shouldn't even exist. Yet I get censored just for screaming into the mic. Yeah it makes a hell of a lot of sense.
So then what do you represent in your music?
Vincent- Let me start with this. In my old job I was cleaning the restrooms one day. Jamming my music on my phone like I always did. I was checking out this new album that had come out. So I'm listening to this song , brutal as fuxk and this guy comes out of the stall. He's giving me this look and then asks me, "you like listening to death?" I casually respond that I've never heard of them. I mean come on it just sounds like a typical name for a metal band. So then he asks me again, the same question. Then I looked at him and told him I knew what he was trying to tell me. "You know there is someone who died for you to live? " He responds. "So I'm told" I tell him. Then he goes on this whole homily and when I finally get a chance to respond, I straight up to tell him. I get what you're saying. I do. I'm not going to tell you that you're wrong. That's not what I do. But whether I believe what you're saying or not is not the issue here. I'm not going to subject myself to a one sided view. I listen to these guys because just like everyone else, they have a story to tell. It might be a darker tone but that's more true to real life than portraying artifical sunshine for everyone else. Light will always cast a shadow. The light switch turns both on and off. The door will close just as fast as it opens. To completely understand what it means to live , you have to know what it's like to have stared death in the face. He just looked at me and said," you know he has made you very complex." I quickly said "I know he did and I only thank him for that. For giving me the gift to better understand this complex world we live in. And both you and I know I was made in his image. And that was the end of that conversation.
So you felt he generalized not just the music you were listening to but you as well?
Vincent- That's exactly what he did. Just like everyone else does. See most people that don't understand metal or even like it believe band practice consist of me conducting some kind of satanic rituals involving a lamb. It's hilarious. The many stereotypes I deal with are hilarious. But what I sing about and what most most metal bands sing about are emotions, events, and situations in our lives that the rest of the world either ignores or trashes to the side. Emotions that they won't even touch. And because we keep getting thrown to the side you get stupid comments like "rock is dead". You have their fans and then you have our fans. I'm not part of a genre of music.
Then what are you a part of?
Vincent- A culture. A movement.
A movement against what?
Vincent- A movement against real judgement and real hate from the rest of the world. I makes music with the outcasts of musicians because like all my fellow artists and fans , we're all outcasted by society, bullied just for being ourselves. Just for being different. The reason our fans look up to us is because although I was afraid, terrified, I spoke up. A long with my bad mates we told our story and how much it all hurt , but how we're not alone and that we will conquer those feelings. Because that's what music is all about. It's not about me telling you much better I am than you because I have more expensive shoes, fancy cars, women and money. That just makes you look like an insecure asshole. I'm better because instead of antagonizing and judging them, I've saved their lives.
Vincent- Our fans. Our family. The ones who really keep me up on that stage by singing our songs. Telling us their own stories by sharing ours. And say fuxk the rest of the world.
So youre about to travel outside the city for the first time. You guys have eight complete originals in your arsenal. Do all those songs bear the same meanings or messages.
Vincent- More or less. Each song is its own story. But at the same time each is open to interpretation. If the words fit you and your life story, make it your own. Make that song fit you. Music to me is supposed to carry a true organic message. Anything otherwise is just an advertisement.
And Theresa's Dream started out as a pretty successful cover bad yes?
Vincent- Yes but not as Theresa's Dream. We were known as a different name but I'm not going to tell you that. (Laughs)
What? Why not?
Vincent- Because it was embarrassing. (Laughs) very cheesy.
So then why the change?
Vincent- Because it was time to get serious. Don't get me wrong I still enjoy covering some of my favorite songs but to really get your message out there , you gotta do your own thing, gotta have real fans. Seeing them sings your own songs, is so much more meaningful. See I didn't go up on a fuxking tv show and sing in front of people in front of their television to get where I'm at now. I still don't think I can sing but ask my fans they'll disagree with me. We don't have someone writing our songs for us or producers creating a generic ass beat to sing to. Mike and Mitch sit in the garage for hours losing themselves in their guitars. Exploring the technicalities and the endless possibilities on the fret board. It's amazing. But again that's what making music is all about. Using your hours and hours of hard work to capture an audience with your own art.
That's day one of my interview. Stuck with me for day 2. Well delve deeper into what makes the band. Well go one and one about their original songs, what the meaning behind the band's name is and more importantly Vincent has a couple of things he wants to share with us. Something he wants his fans to know never heard before. Stay posted friends. ;)