Vortex Ascent was founded in 2006 by Brendan Lynch and Derek Schuurman. The project started as an experimental collective of independent with solo musicians based in various countries around the world. Now, eight years later, Vortex Ascent is an award-winning international music collective. Before they embark on their 2014 Virtual Tour (January 13th-17th), we spoke with Derek Schuurman about their name, dream recording sessions, and more.
AMBY: Hello Vortex Ascent, how’s the band doing today and what have you been up to?
Vortex Ascent: We’re stoked that our new album is getting good response: a great review on Indie-Music.com; we’re at No. 1 on the London Chart for ReverbNation in the genre ‘Other’ (among several hundred acts), and at Number 8 on the general Reverbnation chart – out of several thousand acts…
AMBY: You begin your Virtual Tour this month. What are you most looking forward to?
Vortex Ascent: Exposing our music to a wider audience.
AMBY: Which items could you not live without while on tour?
Vortex Ascent: We’re a studio-based collective so, thus far have not toured together.
AMBY: Which songs are your favourite off the recently released LP Shine a Light?
Vortex Ascent: ‘Fatique’, by Low Monotone
AMBY: Dodging Arrows is a fabulous track; it reminds me truly of the strong songwriting and lyrics in an A-ha track. What’s the story behind the song?
Vortex Ascent: Dodging Arrows is part 2 of the opening track, Dodging Bullets. Dodging Arrows closes the album & its lyrics were written by musician/producer Paddy Bush (brother of UK’s renowned female musician Kate Bush) after he heard (and really liked) Dodging Bullets. He felt it could be doubled in length so wrote the additional lyrics, which are far more positive than the dark ‘Dodging Bullets’.
AMBY: Where did the name Vortex Ascent come from, and what other names had you considered for the band?
Vortex Ascent: We’ve long had a fascination with vortices and ‘ascent’ has positive connotations. We used to be called Soki2u but became fedup with that as too many DJs mispronounced it.
AMBY: What are the top three live shows you’ve seen in your life?
Vortex Ascent: Nick Cave, Dead Can Dance and Aphex Twin
AMBY: If Vortex Ascent could record an album with any three artists, who would you choose?
Vortex Ascent: David Lynch, Martin Grech, Brothertiger
AMBY: What’s the best release of the year?
Vortex Ascent: Ocean of Milk by Hinds Brothers Band.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Vortex Ascent that nobody knows yet?
Vortex Ascent: Now that would be telling :)
Thank you Vortex Ascent, for giving us your answers!
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