SXSW Performer Interview With Alternative Rock Band – V For Volume

Posted: 11/29/2011 in Music, SXSW

Interview done by Michael Wilkerson

MW: Please introduce yourself?
VFV: Hello! We are V For Volume, an alternative rock band from Colombia in South America. We crafted our sound in the underground rock spheres of Bogotá, nestled high in the middle of the Andes. We consider ourselves citizens of the world, there is perhaps no better common language than music.

MW: How did you get the chance to play SXSW 2012?
VFV: We have an amazing manager 🙂 and after touring the west coast on October, we were able to meet a lot of interesting people, make some buzz in the alternative scene, and since the alternative scene from our home country is gaining recognition worldwide, we finally were able to make it into de festival.

MW: Have you ever played SXSW before?
VFV: Nope, this is our first time and we are really excited about it.

MW: Where is V For Volume from?
V For Volume is from Bogotá, Colombia, although all of us come from different backgrounds.

MW: What is the music scene like in Bogotá?
VFV: Colombian music industry is growing every day, specially the rock scene. Huge Bands from around the world are coming to Colombia more often now. This has been great for us as a band, because it has given us the chance to share the stage with artist such as placebo and green day.

There’s always been a distinction between the rock scene and the folk -tropical scene. Usually Colombia is associated with the shore seas, but we come from a very cold city surrounded by mountains. People tend to think Colombia is all about Cumbia, and being able to move your body to the rhythm of Mapalé, but it is also about hope, about rebellion, about power chords, about discipline and stubbornness and the ability to speak your mind and tell good, powerful stories. That’s how Bogotá’s rock sounds like, and that’s how good rock bands gain people’s trust and fidelity. Bogotá’s music scene smells like humid asphalt. Though is hard, it gets to your bones

MW: Do you have a new release coming out?
VFV: V FOR VOLUME is currently promoting its debut album called Providence, and next year  around March, we’re proud to put out Providence in the U.S and Mexico, featuring 5 songs in Spanish including an unreleased new song (Plástico & Fármacos).

MW: Do you plan to tour on your way to SXSW?
VFV: We’re looking forward to playing shows in cities and states we weren’t able to do so in October 2011, when we happened to be on a 3 week-promotional tour in California, Nevada and Mexico. This is why this time around we’ll play Texas for sure, and then we’ll include tour dates in FLA, Puerto Rico, Mexico and California.

MW: What are you hoping for coming out of SXSW?
VFV: SXSW is by far one of the most well-known music festivals in the U.S, where many artists have had the opportunity to be spotted by the industry and thus begin their music career. In our particular case we really think that due to the large population into rock music that speaks Spanish and English, V For Volume may have a potential following in the crowd attending the festival which could turn out to be a bonding experience (hopefully a home away from home). Whatever the outcome may be, no band can afford missing a great opportunity to deliver its message and sound, so The V’s are ready to rock and spread the Virus (our music) at SXSW 2012.

MW: What would you like to say in closing?
VFV: “Victory for Volume! Get down on the floor, all you Rebels”, but in reality, I guess I’m going to say something slightly incoherent like “Welcome to Bogotá’s darkest side. It’s so much clearer down there. What are you afraid of? Where are all of your fears? Let’s go for a ride over there” or “We`re V For Volume. We`re on your TV, we`re on your radio, we spread like a Virus, vindicating your vices. We´re not us. We´re you”

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