Vega is a hard working band no matter what. “Grit Your Teeth” is their 6th studio album in almost 11 years! This time the guys decide to approach their music a bit differently and make it more modern than before. Let’s see what vocalist Nick Workman told Grande Rock, about the new album, their new sound and other things regarding the “new norm” era, due to the covid-19 thing…
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Hi Nick and welcome to Grande Rock. How do you feel that your new album “Grit Your Teeth” is out and how are the fans’ reactions so far?
N: it feels great and the feedback from the fans has been amazing. A lot of fans saying it is their favourite Vega album so that awesome.
What has happened these 2 years between your previous album and the new one?
N: We played loads of shows with bands alike Skid Row, The Quireboys. FM, Last in Line and The Dan Reed Network and also fit to play Download for the first time. We just kept hitting any stages we could.
What did you change in the way you approach the songwriting this time? And what are the risks that you said you took this time?
N: No, we just approached these songs like any record before. However, one we wrote “Perfection” and it had a different kind of swagger, we knew the album we wanted to make. So, we kept writing songs and only the ones that fit that “swagger” model were kept. Production wise we wanted it to be more like our live sound and have that power and energy.
How did you come up with “Grit Your Teeth” as the album title?
N: It was a sing before the album title. It just seem to fit without attitude of never giving up in this shorty business (haha). Consequence of having a heart was going to be the title but we felt it was too long.
Your sound is more modern than before. Why did you decide to do so on the new album?
N: Just like I said, we just wanted power and energy and The Graves Brothers bring that to the table and did a great job.
Did working with Graves Brothers make you achieve that edgier and more modern production in general, or it would have happened anyway?
N: The songs didn’t change but they really did a great job bringing out the guitars more and added the extra hillocks we haven’t had before. We told them to mix it how they hear it and other than a few tweaks this is pretty much what they came out with.
Were you anxious at some point if this “new band sound” would appeal to the band’s fan base?
N: No because we did t think it was too drastic. Maybe a song like “Man on a Mission”, because it’s really different for us but other than that we just believed that they were all great songs.
Do you have any news regarding the live shows of the band? Are you working on some new dates as we speak?
N: Yeah, our agent is working on it. We would love on be to play in Greece, but so far no offers have come in. We will have a busy 2021.
What are your expectations from “Grit Your Teeth” and what do you wish to achieve with Vega over the next years?
N: We just hoped people liked it and the expectations ended there. After that you can’t really expect anything. All we care about is enjoying what we do and any success we have is a bonus.
Now with the “lockdown” around the world which is the best way for the fans to support their beloved bands?
N: Buy the album rather than stream it, but from the website and buy concert tickets when they go on sale. Haha…
What do you think about this corona-virus thing? How will it affect the music business and people’s lives in general?
N: I think that the new normal will become second nature pretty soon and we won’t even think about all the different things we start doing to stay safe. People will always make music. The biggest thing for us is playing gigs and that means that it has to be safe for the bands and the fans.
It’s time for our “weird questions”!!! How did you come up with the name Vega initially?
N: We had a list of names and that was the least shit (haha)…
Which is the first album that you ever bought and do you still own it to date?
N: I think it was Marillion – “Clutching at Straws.”
What are those things that you do not like in the music industry nowadays?
N: The fact we have had millions of streams on Spotify, YouTube. Deezer etc. and we have not made a penny out of it.
What do you think about the “downloading & streaming issue” of our time? Do you prefer the streaming services better or not?
N: see above haha…
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words:
N: Rockstar: Perception…
AOR: Fluffy keyboard…
Eurovision: Circus…
Fill in the phrase… “Rock wouldn’t have evolved the way it did, if it hadn’t been for…”
N: Drugs haha…
Which are the best 3 Rock albums of all time according to you?
N: That’s a tough one because there are so many. I’ll say Def Leppard – “Hysteria”, Badland’s first album and Rival Sons – “Feral Roots”. I listen to the all frequently.
Which is the composer/songwriter who influenced rock music the most?
N: For me it is probably Mutt Lange. Leppard, Bryan Adams, AC/DC, etc.
Which do you consider to be the best male & female vocalist in rock history?
N: Ray Gillan from Badlands is untouchable.
Which is that band that you’d like to be part of (any time & era)?
N: I’ll stick with Vega so I don’t ruin any of my favourite bands (haha)…
Which is the record you wish you had written and why?
N: “Hysteria” as it is pure genius.
If you had the opportunity to invite any musician, living or dead, to play on your album whom would you choose and why?
N: Steve Clark as he played such inventive guitar parts.
Were you obliged to give just one album to extraterrestrials that would represent the whole human music, which album would it be and from which band/artist?
N: It would have to be one of those rock compilation albums that you can only buy around Father’s Day (haha)…
If you had the chance to travel in time… where would you choose to go? To the past or the future and why?
N: To the past so I could buy shares in Apple.
What are your views on Artificial Intelligence (and its scary-as-Hell implications!), which is seemingly around the bend and could be fully developed sooner than we think? Are we, as humans, technologically going off the deep end (like lemmings)?
N: It’s not something I know much about I’m afraid.
Thank you very much for talking to Grande Rock, Nick. Just say anything you feel like saying before we close … take care dude!
N: Thanks everyone and we hope to see you in Greece soon.