A duo who revel in a bluesy, roots sound with a futuristic twist, Vienna Ditto are getting ready for the release of new EP ‘Ticks’. Out on May 13th, the seven track collection ably showcases the blend of influences taken in by Vienna Ditto. You can get a feel for it in the title track video below, and check out our exclusive interview too.
- Where and when did you first discover your interest in music?
Hatty: My granddad took great pride in delivering mine and my sister’s ‘musical education’. We used to visit regularly while our early 90’s raver parents were out raving on the weekends, and every week he’d have a new band or album to introduce us to. He got me my first Muddy Water’s CD. The Beatles featured very heavily, as did the la’s, crowded house and the B52’s, He’s also responsible for my love of Ella Fitzgerald amongst many other wonderful musicians.
- What are your main ambitions in the industry?
Hatty: To make enough money to live off. It would be cool to have our own label one day that gives more unsigned bands a chance to get heard.
- When did you start writing your own songs/music?
Hatty: Me and my sister used to have a tape player and we used to write songs with the children of one of my mum’s friends. I was probably around 6 or so, we called ourselves ‘The Bad Kids’ and our biggest hit was a self-titled track which went like this: “We’re the bad kids and we’re keeping it real, we’re the bad kids and we do what we feel” It then had a sort of call and repeat section where we sang “Bad, Bad kiiiiids”. Absolute tune.
- What would you say is your music career highlight to date?
Hatty: Papworth Village hall. Shit got real. We did a Maida Vale session too, it was only our third ‘gig’. Terrifying.
- Who will we hear in your songs? What are your influences?
Hatty: Hopefully me, but Nigel sometimes sneaks himself in there like a sneaky sneaker. I don’t know about Nige, but the moon seems to have a big influence on me. I genuinely think magpies have quite a sway also. Musically, there’s a shot of The Cramps, tempered by The Staples Singers (Nige does a great Pops Staples). All rendered in the style of John Carpenter’s soundtrack to The Thing.
- What’s the most important thing you’d want to tell people about your current release?
Nigel: It has some new guitar twangs and fresh synthy wobbles on it and sounds even better if played backwards.
Hatty: Prepare yourself for the end of ‘My way of Missing you’. Crank it up.
- Who else can you recommend from your genre or local area for people to have a listen to?
Hatty: EverHazel, a great musician from Reading. We also love Poeticat who are a London based band. Also Grant Sharkey who is local to everyone- he’s a legend and should be listened to.
Nigel: The August List, Forget Gravity and all the others on Ubiquity Project Records- great label, pony name. The Aureate Act and Balloon Ascents from Oxford.
- Any gigs coming up?
Hatty: Gigs gigs gigs, if we can play there we’ll go there. We’re off to Scotland for the first time in June, and Northern Ireland too. Currently sorting out a gig in Amsterdam- we’ve been a couple of times before and is always wholesome, even if it means eating too much pizza. Here’s the full list:
Friday 06 May- St James Wine Vaults, Bath
Thursday 12 May- The Bullingdon, Oxford
Friday 13 May- Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading
Saturday 14 May- The Moon Club, Cardiff, Wales
Saturday 28 May- Peripheral Festival, Norwich
Friday 03 June- Brew at the Bog Festival, Bogbain Adventure & Heritage Farm, Inverness, Scotland
Friday 05 August – Sunday 07 August – Sunflowerfest,Tubby’s Farm, Hillsborough, Northern Ireland
- Where can we find/follow you online?
Hatty: We’re on all the classics, soundcloud, FB, twitter and instagram. Probably even have a myspace which we haven’t checked in four years. Maybe we should we might be like myspace megastars by now.