Sci-fi influenced progressive thrashers Vektor are all the rage at the moment with their well-received album Terminal Redux. I spoke with vocalist and guitarist David DiSanto about what it’s like being in a band in today’s world and why it has taken them so long to do a UK tour!
I was just at the merch stand with my friend and he was complaining that there were no Vektor shirts…
David: There are now! We showed up so late – I just got here! We just put our shirts over there.
He was also complaining about you never play the UK, he saw you once in London.
David: Was that at the Underworld?
David: That gig was fucking awesome!
You’re playing again soon?
David: Yeah, in 4 days.
Are you looking forward to it?
David: Yeah, absolutely.
So you are doing a UK tour, what has taken you so bloody long?
David: I don’t know. In reality, it’s promoters. It’s promoters having faith in us and for the bands at our level…everybody thought we were a really big band but all the promoters were like ‘you have to pay to fly out for your tour’ and it’s like, well we can barely pay our rent how are we going to do that? Our new promoter from Loud Noise was like finally, I’ll front you the costs for the tickets and you guys tour – we have a good booking agent.
A lot of bands are saying now if you want to do anything you have to pay.
David: That’s complete bullshit, you shouldn’t have to do that and that’s why we never did it. Plus, if we had the money, I almost still would have been against the idea of that…I mean because, what the fuck.
I mentioned the recent article featuring Ringo Starr about how bands have to pay to get exposure.
David: It doesn’t make sense. Like, as bands how are we supposed to make music if we’re working full-time jobs? Then, if we go on tour…you usually get fired when you come back from a tour because you’re leaving for touring too much, so you’re always looking for jobs and It’s always a pain in the ass. It’s a vicious circle.
You’re going strong so you’re doing something right!
David: Yeah, there are a lot of good words out there in the world about Vektor at the moment.
The hype over the recent album was fantastic.
David: Yeah, I’m glad about it.
I’m glad you’re glad!
David: Ahh damn all these people are so positive!
I was trying to be anti-establishment and piss them all off but I failed!
Thinking you guys popped out after the nineties with your own stamp on thrash, and the nineties were a rough time for the metal scene.
David: That’s the thing. If too many bands are similar then it just becomes a fad and people get sick of it. I wasn’t even aware of the thrash revival when I first started Vektor, I didn’t care about just being thrash, it was just about mixing everything that I was into, blending it up and seeing what happens. We’re still like that, there are no stamps or genres we want to place on ourselves it’s just writing music that we want to write.
Yeah, press push to know what you are in order to market sell and promote bands.
David: People lump us into thrash, there’s I guess, black metal, art-rock from the seventies. But we don’t try to do it in this hipster-y fashion fad way. It comes from the heart, it comes from a real place. We’ve been true since day one.
It’s interesting that you found a group of people with the same interests.
David: That was the hardest part about starting this band because what I wanted to do was really weird compared to…I started in Phoenix Arizona and everyone was into scream and death metal and I was like ‘come join my weird sci-fi band!’ they were like ‘what the hell are you doing?’ it was definitely a challenge but I found some awesome dudes that were all about it.
You sound avant-garde, This is the future! I must admit, it’s great timing with the Star Wars rage at the moment.
David: The puzzle pieces are finally fitting together!
Do you have anything else planned this year apart from the UK?
David: Yeah, a US tour in November, we’re back in Europe again for a different tour I guess in the spring time, nothing solid yet.
You’re busy! That’s going to be fun trying to get a job again….
David: Yeah. It’s mostly been construction over the years. I sold guitars at guitars center for a while. It was a fun job but I got fired because I was on tour too much.
Good reason to get fired, for living the rockstar life!
The reality of the music business is often that you need jobs to sustain it. Music isn’t a cheap profession and it never has been! Come and support Vektor on one of their tour dates!
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