SHE / Vandana Jain @ Highline Ballroom, NYCJuxtapoz // Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014
We’re excited to announce the next coming show of Vandana Jain at The Highline Ballroom. The show will feature female fronted bands from around the globe this Wednesday, July 30th. Vandana Jain is a Brooklyn-based musician, performer and graphic designer. She grew up in Bangalore, India in a very musical family, mostly listening to Indian Raagas and Bollywood soundtracks from the 1960's and 1970's and making lots of art locked away in her bedroom. After moving to London to study design,Vandana went from being a shy, introverted girl to being wild and completely owning her expression. She was introduced to the industrial London underground rave scene which was still booming in the early 2000's, made friends who would organize parties in abandoned warehouses and at the same time was introduced to Jazz which in many ways is similar to Indian classical music.
We wanted to give her a visit to talk about her band, Vandana Jain.
VR: How Vandana Jain was born?
VJ: When I moved from India to London to study design, the habitude of singing and playing instruments faded from my every day life, as much as I was being exposed to a stunning listening experience within all genres of music which I was desperate for. I missed that terribly. Alongside my graphic design job later in NYC, I started playing around with garage band after work hours and all these songs happened. It became a real career choice when I started performing the music I make and after much searching, met my exceptional band mates Yusuke Yamamoto and Ryan Casey who accompany me on stage. Yusuke also participated in the production of Anti Venus that I believe helped bring a brighter sound to my warped ear. And Ryan just opens my eyes a little wider every day.
VR: What inspires you to create your music?
VJ: Having lived in a few different parts of the world and being surrounded by constant new stimuli, visual, cultural, auditory, olfactory, informs every part of my senses. It's possible to feel utopia and at the same time dismal pain and torment, to be lucky enough to afford a lifestyle which allows me to express freely is what inspires my music. That, and the constant search for an aha moment - once in a while everything becomes clear and you go with it, non-stop, 24/7. It's a creative process that really works for me. You put one step forward at a time, fall and do it again the next day. It depresses me for days when I feel like there's something missing, but I persevere. No mater what.
VR: How would you describe the music you create?
VJ: I think its a recent cultural trend to try to identify with a specific genre. Mine is a hybrid. I'd say it's electro-synth-noir-experimental-pop. Intense and softly dark, and not background music.
VR: What's the most recent project you're currently working on?
VJ: I’m working on an EP which is more minimal in creation for which I'm focusing my attention on stronger melodies and lyrics along with more refined production, in collaboration with some fantastic people in the field who I admire tremendously. I'm also very excited about a Radiohead cover we're almost done with, Ryan Casey of Kaeoflux, my current bandmate and I, which I can tell you, is very good.
Vandana’s released her EP Vandamner with her own fantastic album art, hand made record sleeve and limited pressing all sealed with a touch of red wax and twine. The album cover made in collaboration with May Lin Le Goff.
Don’t miss out on SHE, a show that celebrates the 2nd anniversary of Den Entertainment hosted by Solonje Burnett-Loucas. A concert, a dream, a night of magic and music, it all takes place at Highline Ballroom.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Showtime @ 8:00 PM Doors open @ 7:00 PM