[SPB Artist Feature] David Vangel – Toronto, ON. Canada
David Vangel – Toronto, ON. Canada
Just in time for David Vangel’s Debut Album, “Breadth Control“
(Digital Release Date – May 20th & Physical Release – May 27th, 2011)
we quickly caught up with him before the drop…
DAVID: Um. Sex Appeal?
SPB: How would you describe the new album to both fans and those new listeners who haven’t discovered you yet?
DAVID: It’s mostly instrumental, with spatterings of vocal samples. Its rooted in Hip-Hop, but strongly possessed by Jazz & Electronic influences. All the sounds and samples are emotive to me, in that at some point they became meaningful enough for me to record. I think the album covers a range of influences, but still holds some form of cohesion.
SPB: Is your sound constantly changing or do you find some similar elements within all of it?
DAVID: I think sometimes, even from session to session my sound constantly changes. I’m noticing a little more focus and refinement in the newer directions I’m headed, but still, change is kinda the centerpiece of what I do. I think others would totally disagree with what I just said though. I’ve heard a few times, “I knew this was your shit”, or “this sounds like a V****L beat!” Like somehow people hear your character through some shit you inputed in a computer. It’s crazy. All people are sonically telepathic.
SPB: You’ve packed on 13 new tracks. How long did it take you to record?
DAVID: All my songs, no matter how decrepit of a state they are in, reside on hard drives. I definitely didn’t come up with the record in one process. I think everything on the record somehow arrived on a drive somewhere between 2006 – 2009. The record writing process was more of a grouping, selection, elimination, and polishing task. That sounds kinda lame, huh?
(01) A Place Called Home
(02) Breath Me In (Intro)
(03) Sandpaper Script
(04) A Place In Time (Skit)
(05) Take Me By The Hand
(06) Inhale & Exhale (Warm Up)
(07) Split Visionary
(08) The Sound of Poisons
(09) Nearly Lost Myself (Skit)
(10) Cold Rain
(11) Touching Your Feelings
(12) Another Place
(13) Inhale & Exhale (Cool Down)
SPB: If Breadth Control is said to move “listeners with orchestral string arrangements and an overall cinematic quality that creates abstract visions ranging from optimism to melancholy.” Should we be throwing it down like a true LP? Is the full experience listening to it in it’s entirety from start to finish?
DAVID: Yeh, Id like it if people would listen from start to end. I think it being available in vinyl makes that more feasible.
I’m a big fan of theme-based projects, so I think intuitively I gravitate towards thinking of each track within some sort of framework. This album is not necessarily an “experience”, but I believe there’s an underlying thread that holds it together.
SPB: The future of electronic music is an ever-changing landscape that you are actively part of. Where do you see it headed?
DAVID: Electronic music is headed to… Walmart? ha! Nah, I think there is tons of new instruments we can’t even conceive of where electronic music is heading. I can’t even grasp the future. All the present musical advances in technology and composition are a sensory overload enough for me, that the future is maddening. I wanna be the first to record MIDI loops in space.
SPB: Will you be touring the album and what can we expect from a live event?
DAVID: I’m committed to Toronto till summer, but doing a few local dates in late May & early June. In the summer I hope to be overseas doing some dates. The live show is basically remixing and manipulating the shit outta loops from songs. It’s never the same, so its always fun, challenging, and musically rewarding for me.
DAVID: Yeh, I still work with 5&1/4 Records; they’re a great local support system. I have a EP release slated with them later this year. I’m also happy and super proud to be releasing this album with Equinox. They’ve been extremely supportive of me, have a dope & diverse roster, and slickest design around. Shouts to DJ Scientist & the EQX fam!
SPB: Thank you for your time David, especially at such an exciting BUT busy moment. Any last words?
DAVID: clap on. clap off. the clappa.
You Can Pre-Order “Breadth Control” HERE
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