28 December 2020
One of the most intriguing artists Turn Up The Volume heard all year is Long Beach, California based VIOLENT VICKIE. Her second longplayer called DIVISION is without
a shadow of a doubt one of 2020’s most arresting works.
63 minutes of doom and gloom bliss for graveyard parties and underground discos. Twilight is the color, electro-swart is the sound, petrifying is the psyche. You hear
echoes of Chelsea Wolfe, Crystal Castles, Mazzy Star, D.A.F., Alice Glass among others.
Enough reasons to leave your batcave, to put your Goth outfit and your black
mascara on and meet VV. But first a short visual impression…
Thank you for doing this…
Your artist name is VIOLENT VICKIE.
A strange choice? Should we be scared?
“Haha yes! You should be scared! When I came up with it I was thinking
of punk names and I like the alliteration. It’s more about being against
violence against women.”
What is it that attracted you to write/make Goth music?
“Hmm… I guess it’s just what came out? I was introduced to some goth music
in college and it seems to have been more popular in the last few years. I was
influenced by bands like Crystal Castles, Adult., Siouxsie and the Banshees,
and Hanin Elias of Atari Teenage Riot.”
Which track would you pick to introduce yourself and
your music to the people who never heard of you?
“My favorite is Serotonin, but I also like Under The Gun,
The Gloom and Circle Square a lot.”
Why is your new LP called DIVISION?
Does it tell something about the songs?
“Yes. In a lot of the songs I am lettinng go and settling boundaries
with people. I am deciding what I want in my life and what I don’t want.”
VIOLENT VICKIE’s left eye on the album’s artwork is covered.
Why, or did you just like the whole of the image?
“I gave the arist Nick Dynice a black and white photo and he turned it into
a colored one by putting it through a VHS player! It just came out that way.”
UNDER THE GUN is one of the LP’s highlights and the accompanying video clip is a remarkable piece too. Who created the clip and what is it you wanted to visualize?
“My friend Jen Miller and I shot the video in a parking lot and Nick Pagonakis edited and directed it and added some stock footage. I also added some stock footage that I used for visuals for my shows. I imagined a fast-paced urban theme that was critical of the rat race.”
What do you think about the outcome of the presidential election?
“Well he certainly seems better than the other option.”
Suppose you were asked to rewrite and put new music to the National
American Anthem. What would be the outcome, in sound and vision?
“Haha wow. Interesting queston. Let’s make a goth punk version!”
One of your photos on your FB account your sitting on a tombstone
in a graveyard. Is that your favorite place to hang out?
“Yes lol. I DJed a Macabre picnic earlier in the year and my friend
Aeaissa Jade took a bunch of photos of me.”
Photo by Aeaissa Jade
Many artists played/released covers in this surreal year.
Which song would you love to cover?”
“I have an unfinished cover of “Are Friends Electric” by Gary Numan.
I thought my vocals went well with it and I like the song.”
What was the best track and album you heard in 2020?
“The Way Back by Dismantled is pretty awesome. I like the beats. I’m also into upbeat cheery stuff like Digitalism. To be honest. I haven’t been listening to many full albums but L’s is great!”
Which song will you play on 31st December at midnight?
“‘Rhythm of the Night’ by Corona. It’s the funnest song to dance to!”
Name three things you really want to see happen in 2021?
“Shows, Shows, Shows! And some tropical vacation.”
May we expect new VIOLENT VICKIE music next year?
“I am releasing a remix album soon. And I may release some songs
on Spotify that I haven’t yet like my cover of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire”.
Thank you very much for this interview, Vickie.
Have a great music/shows loaded 2021.
VIOLENT VICKIE: Facebook