For the 30mileshigh BIO – 30mh brainchild Vince L. Mount [Philadelphia, PA] reaches out to fellow musician/friend and well-known indie rocker Carol Van Dijk of the legendary band Bettie Serveert for a little rock and roll Q n A... to put together all the pieces [in a more interesting and informative way] for the typical band/artist BIO. Ironically rising from the ashes of previous project \".burned\", Vince and assorted others are back with their more powerful than ever collection of electro-rock bliss. Ear candy, stays-in-your head instant classics kick off the first EP of a 3-part series of releases...
Carol: At what age did you realize that music is the most important thing in your life?
Vince: I guess it was as soon as I was aware of the radio being on! So, a tender age. I used to think that the fadeout
in \"wildfire\" was the saddest thing... like... they were slowly moving away from me... leaving me. Not only did it all sink in fast, and early... but I took note of a good fadeout, too! So it was early grade school... when I realized that it was the center of my universe. living in the suburbs of southern New Jersey, and too young to be a city boy... that radio was the portal to my new, exciting world.
C: If you had to chose only ONE musical instrument, which one would that be?
V: I’d hate to sound typical - with this new EP series starting out so electro - but I guess I\'d choose the piano or keyboard. I can move around it best and write with it best, really. and if its one with lots of options - I can hash out entire songs! so I\'m hoping you meant workstations, too! I wrote a lot of my old band’s stuff this way and ever since I was little it was a lot easier to get things done and make enjoyable progress on the keys. Even though I’m pretty good on the drum kit and can noodle my way with bass and guitar, and even write that way – the keyboard is the most logical way to express my ideas.
C: Growing up, who were the biggest influences on your taste in music? Did you have parents, grand-parents, brothers, sisters, next door neighbor, anyone who brought you into contact with certain bands or musicians?
V: Well, my Dad was into [and still is] the big band sound... my Mom liked [and still likes] disco, top 40, etc. but the main thing [that I tell everyone] is the piece of furniture we had at my parent\'s. It was like a long cabinet in the living room... a lamp on it, some decor... but inside was a radio and record player. the radio was always on... from the time we got up \'til the time we all went to sleep. all day, everyday. Not blaring... but at a normal volume... constant background music. That was what did it. Thanks to my parents having that piece... music of all kinds was slammed into my head. Eventually it had to come back out. John Taylor of DD made me want a bass. “Don\'t’ you want me”
[the Human League] was the first 7” single i bought. I made my metal friends Duranies and they got me into Ozzy. The rest is history!
C: What triggers you to write songs? books, music, movies or stuff that happens in your personal life?
V: It\'s usually been the love of sound design and ideas for musical bits that trigger stuff. Personal stuff has always been the fuel, too... it\'s a great outlet to write about your issues and then forget them as you get deeper into a mix or an arrangement or even a snare drum sound. I love programming and sound design so it\'s easy to get lost in there... and easy to go back in and get the process rolling all over again. A lot of the stuff on the EP series came that way... sounds... textures... then without knowing it, chords and songs appeared! It\'s a little different every time. That\'s what makes it so much fun and so maddening at the same time, and other music definitely triggers inspiration, too. Overall I would say it really depends on my mood and what\'s around me. If I\'m already in the studio and in a good groove... things can magically appear pretty quick... 1 or 2 of the songs on EP1 came about this way. I kinda realized I was playing a nice progression... recorded it... went back and fine-tuned the sound... and then without realizing it, 3 months later... a whole new tune was ready for vocals. And playing out live really helps, too. Having played large festivals in Philadelphia and countless bars/clubs... you tweak the setlist every night... try new things in the existing songs... and sometimes that triggers a new idea for something completely different.
30mileshigh [and rising]...May, 2008