Liquid Vega Interview
How to describe Liquid Vega's music? Blimey. Beyond resorting to phrases like 'dreamlike', 'mysterious' or 'magical', I'd offer one analogy which seems to fit for me. You know that scene in Close Encounters where the UFO is outside the boy's house and the rainbow of lights are beaming through every window and door in the house? And instead of being scared or reticent he just smiles and crawls through the catflap toward the lights? Well listening to Liquid Vega feels a bit like that. Hypnotic, dazzling. It hugs your soul. In fact you should really check out the music before reading further. Go ahead. [Waits] [Waits longer] [Gets worried, looks out the window]. Good, you're back! OK Let's carry on shall we?...
Salut Liquid Vega! For our readers can you please introduce yourselves, tell me the song that best reflects your personality and lastly your favourite word?
VG: I'm Vincent Gomes, Music/Vocals. The song that best reflects my personality is Home by The Durutti Column and my favourite word is 'Electricity'.
GP: I'm Genevieve Duprie , Vocals/Music. The song that best reflects my personality is I Dig Love by Asha Puthli and my favourite word is 'Silver'.
Can you tell me briefly how the two of you met, what were your first impressions of each other and what was the initial manifesto of Liquid Vega?
VG: We met at a party at the end of last year and bonded over cheap wine and the sense that we were both standing there slightly separate to the events going around us. I was still carrying a handful of records I’d bought earlier that day and we got talking about those and it felt like a kind of year zero for the pair of us I think.
GD: The initial manifesto of Liquid Vega? To hotwire our hearts to some dusty old synths and hope that they both didn’t break!
You've described your sound as 'Ghost Disco' - what do you feel are the key characteristics of 'Ghost Disco' and are there another like-minded artists who you feel could fit this description?
VG: I guess it supposed to mean it’s music for the night that has a certain spirit factor, music that’s elusive and at times not quite there, that’s both dreamlike and translucent. I wouldn’t want to label any other artist with it though and would definitely hope that it is more of an idea than a full on statement!
What do Liquid Vega believe in?
VG: Colours within colours and their blurred edges. It’s much more interesting to see beyond what you’re seeing.
Is there a Liquid Vega album on the way and can you tell us what to expect?
GD: We’re hopefully releasing our debut 12” EP around November time so watch this space. We’re really excited about it.
There is a massive upsurge in electronic music at the minute, particularly from France and particularly from Paris – do you feel part of any particular scene and what do you think is driving it?
VG: We don’t feel part of any scene really as we kind of live in our own world too much for that I think. As for a scene in Paris, although we met there, and Genevieve is from a French / Italian background and was living in Paris - she grew up mainly in England. She’s also lived in Milan for a time and I’m from London so really we feel too dislocated and disparate to be part of a scene, especially one of a geographical nature. But having said that there is some great stuff coming out from France at the moment - Discodeine, Chateau Marmont, Rove Dogs.
GD: The French have a history of being so good at doing this sort of stuff anyway, it’s always been there.
I understand you are working on a Liquid Vega show that mixes music with visuals – can you tell us a bit more about this and what kind of feeling, colours or moods you hope to create?
GD: At the moment we’ve decided to hold back until the time is right and we’re comfortable that we can do it justice. For now we’re still happy to be dancing around in the shadows for a little longer.
Whenever I describe Liquid Vega's music to friends, I always liken the songs to dreams; strange, beautiful, lost in shadows and perfume. What do Liquid Vega dream about and what are your nightmares?
GD: We dream in purples and blues. And imagined beach scenes from the 1970s! And soundtracks of late night city trains! In my dreams I dream of these anyway. ..
VG: As for nightmares - a little darkness is always a good thing I think.
Artists like Dylan, Elvis or Prince used to feel like magicians, we seem to know everything about musicians these days. There's a real sense of 'Strange Magic' to Liquid Vega - Is this a conscious decision and do you think pop music has lost its sense of mystery and magic?
VG: To a certain extent I guess. Due to the nature of technology and the quickness and ease with which information gets spread around then I do think that that sense of magic has been lost a bit. And we are romantic believers in the mystery and intrigue of music and we want to maintain a bit of that magic of where the music comes from by not giving ourselves away too much.
GD: It’s almost like we want people to know us better by not knowing us if that makes sense?
If Liquid Vega could collaborate with anyone – alive or dead – who would that be and why?
VG: We’re big fans of the French producer Jean-Pierre Massiera but to be fair I don’t know if he’s still alive or dead so I guess it covers both, I hope he’s alive! He produced Venus Gang’s Love To Fly which is our favourite disco record. I still believe this is what music will sound like in the future.
Liquid Vega's music is full of poetry, soul and romance; what is Liquid Vega's idea of romance?
GD: Romance I don’t think is too much of a physical thing, I think it’s stolen moments, silent moments, probably even moments apart. Moments In Love I guess. But I’ll take the physical things as well!
The band is born half-London, half-Paris – what are the best aspects of both cities for you?
VG: I like the underground and the metro late at night. Music always sounds great on those journeys.
Finally, if you could borrow Marty McFly's time travellin' Delorean, what point in time would you travel to and why?
GD: California, 1979 - listening to Fleetwood Mac on a beach as the air gets colder and the sun sets.
VG: Berlin or Dusseldorf in the 1970s for the analogue warmth and the coldness. I’m sure neither would be at all how we imagine it but I think that’s why we like it. We don’t want to always know what things were really like - it’s sometimes better to let your heart and mind take you to places that exists outside of your own reality. We’ll meet you there!
We'll be waiting. Thankyou Liquid Vega and bonne nuit. As the good ship LV lifts off back into the dark and beyond the stars, I write a quick reminder on my hand, “November, watch the skies”.
For more info visit Liquid Vega's MySpace.