While at SXSW in Austin, Texas, ReverbNation had the pleasure of catching an electrifying live performance by Vintage Trouble and since we couldn’t get enough, we asked them to sit down for an interview as well. It was especially amazing for me, Mariana, who have been an avid fan (or as they call it, “Troublemaker”) since I first heard them on ReverbNation about a month ago! And I believe after watching the video, reading the interview and listening to their music, you’ll be a Troublemaker too.
Vintage Trouble is: Ty Taylor (vocal), Nalle Colt (guitar), Rick Barrio Dill (base) and Richard Danielson (drums).
RN: Where’s Vintage Trouble from?
Richard: [Los Angeles, California] is where we reside although the world seems to be our oyster these days.
RN: Ha! Have you been touring too much, is that what’s happening?
Ty: Well, not too much… not enough actually. Although it’s been non-stop, [there’s] never enough touring. We spent most of 2011 in Europe and Australia, and now with the release of our record on April 24th here in the States, we’re finally getting to tour in the United States a lot.
RN: How would you define your sound to someone who has never heard your music before?
Richard: We like to describe it as primitive, you know, it’s in the soul, kind of rock ‘n roll genre but we call it primitive-soul.
Nalle: We like to take back R&B because, you know, it’s short for Rhythm and Blues — there’s something about when soul and rock music feel together. Rhythm and Blues… there’s something about it.
Rick: Ty uses the word “devolve.”
Ty: I got it from Richard though.
Richard: I got it from Nalle! (laugh)
Rick: I mean, it’s great! It’s a devolution of the sound. Instead of piling stuff up, we just keep stripping it down to as little as we can get it and still make it work.
Richard: And you can spell Rhythm and Blues with all the letters, rather than just R&B which is a little different today. As Nalle would say, back in the day when Rhythm and Blues was Rhythm and Blues, the line was skewed as to what was soul, what was Rhythm and Blues, what was rock ‘n roll. It was a very interesting time of music and that’s kind of our favorite era.
RN: Tell me about your wardrobe style. Is that to go with the vintage feel of your music?
Nalle: There’s something about dressing up for a show. We were all talking about it and we really like it! It just feels like you walk into a show.
Richard: A lot of our heroes too would bring their suits to work, you know, sort of like a gladiator, or an athlete, or something. And there’s something about that that has sort of a dignity to it, it feels good.
Rick: At least to us. It feels good to us.
RN: Speaking of shows, you guys do something unique in that you make everyone interact during the show. I mean, you had people clapping, you had people jumping, people going down to the floor, and going back up.
Ty: Yeah, except for that one guy that wouldn’t go down! (laugh) He was really waiting for me to single him out and then he would’ve gone down, so I didn’t wanna single him out.
Nalle: There’s always gonna be that one guy, it’s okay.
Ty: Yeah, and it’s usually a guy in True Religion jeans. (laugh)
RN: So what’s the reason behind the fan interaction? Why do you like doing it?
Richard: We like to party like anybody else, we like to be at parties and we also like to throw parties.
Ty: And we like party favors.
Richard: We like party favors, of course. We like to break down that wall between the band the audience and make it less about performance, you know, you watch us and we perform. It’s more about all of us in a room together having a great time, with this great energy back and forth. It just feels very good to be energized in a room like that, that’s what we strive for, that’s what we like ourselves in our own lives.
Ty: Plus, we know what that kind of audience reaction does to us as we perform. So it’s almost like getting them to do that so that it can encourage us to dig deeper into what we‘re doing. You know, when you hear someone screaming right back at you or people dancing to what you’re playing, it’s gonna make you groove harder. If you can get them to party more, then we’ll party more!
RN: It’s all about the party. How about this party, SXSW, how is your experience here so far?
Nalle: It’s incredible. Meeting musicians from all around the world. People are truly interested and want to make a connection. The time we’ve been here has been amazing.
Ty: I love SXSW. But also Austin, Texas, in itself is a huge music city. I would like for us to come back here when it wasn’t SXSW as well because I wanna feel the city… you can tell there’s something underneath. It’s not always about the party, you know that. So I’d like to see what’s underneath the party here. You can tell just by how many music videos are done here that it’s an amazing place — I just want us to come here when it’s a little quieter and then we can really feel what makes this place so special.
RN: I’m so glad I saw you guys! It was a great experience. I love when a band does that kind of interaction with fans like you do.
Ty: I’m surprised you are doing this interview! I just thought you were somebody out there jamming hard. I think there have been very few occasions where someone that was doing the interview was partying that hard, so thank you for that.
No, Vintage Trouble, thank YOU.