More Reasons Why We Love The Vamps
Everyone (LITERALLY EVERYONE!) was caught by surprise when The Vamps announced that they'd be coming to Manila a third time for an intimate concert on the 12th of November at the Kia Theater. Earlier this year, Brad, James, Tristan, and Connor of the perfectly crafted four-piece band held a huge concert in the Philippines, and their coming back so soon is definitely too good to be true for each and every fan in Manila.
Before the show, we got to catch up with them and share a couple of words and laughs. And lo and behold, we discovered that even with our online sleuthing and diehard fan-level stalking, they still manage to astonish us with the weirdest, craziest, and most hilarious stories ever!
On Girls and Dates
It's crazy to think that of the thousands of thousands of fans they have worldwide, they all haven't actually dated a fan. But with a smirk on his face, Brad assures us that there's absolutely nothing to be worried about, "We're not ruling it out. Fans are people too! Our Filipino fans are very nice. Very beautiful. Very supportive!" We're safe, girls! Still got a shot!
"I'd like a girl who's really rich… I'm joking! I like a girl who doesn't take herself too seriously. Just enjoying life, you know." -Tristan
And though we'd probably disagree with this, Brad seems to be pretty determined when he said that they're very bad at dating. Their advice for when something doesn't go as planned? Always have a joke in your back pocket. "I always find the funny side of things," says James. "So when something goes wrong, I always just crack a joke."
On Music and Traveling
Taylor Swift still seems to have kept her spell on the boys, James especially, as one after the other, they say her name when asked about who they look up to amongst other artists.
"I really like her older stuff. There's a song called Mary's Song. I like that song. But I like all Taylor music." —James
"Is one of her cats called Mary?" —Brad
"Meredith. It's Meredith." —James
The boys have met many other artists and musicians from all around the world and have collaborated with them to create music and find inspiration. Travelling has had a massive influence on their music and style. And throughout their career, they take influences where they can. During their eight day trip to India, they were busy writing and recording a brand new English song for the upcoming Bollywood action film Shivaay.
"Just recently, we collaborated with two Indian producers and songwriters, Vishal and Shekhar, and I think just working with them gives us massive insight into Indian music and Indian culture, and we try and take as much of that and absorb as much of that as we can. It's like a nice meeting of two worlds." -Brad
On Coming Back to the Philippines
It's amazing how these gentlemen remain to be the cheeky, charismatic, and down-to-earth rascals they were when they first rose to fame. And through and through, they continue to be eternally thankful to the fans who continue to support them. Brad smiles as he informs us that they will most probably release their upcoming album next year, and that in between then and now, they'll definitely release more songs from the album. Available now is a bundle which has the acoustic version of their ever-so-popular single "All Night."
The Philippines seems to have a special place in their hearts, considering that their new EP had its exclusive physical release in our very own country. By teaming up with Norwegian house DJ Matoma, Brad, Tristan, James, and Connor were able to put a different spin into their sound, and the band gave a collective nod when asked just how important this was. The EP also contains three originals produced by Brad and Connor called "Talk Shows," "Scars," and "Hideaway."
"We're doing some smaller shows before the world tour kicks in next year, but we're definitely, definitely, for sure, coming back to the Philippines for the world tour." —James
Great things are coming, indeed! Who's excited?
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Outdoors Danielle Flestado @artdkf | May 1, 2020 "I miss the outside world. The last time I went outside of our house was on my birthday. We just bought coffee across our village and went back home immediately. This painting made me feel that I'm in a field, just appreciating the beauty of God's creation. Can you imagine the green grass and pink flowers?"
When everything around you suddenly turns dark, the first thing we'd prolly do, as humans, is to find and grab anything that is closest and nearest to us. We'll hold onto them for as long as we can, trying to collect ourselves and gather courage to adjust our eyesights to the pitch black environment that's consuming us minute by minute. And then you'd hear nothing. Your sense of hearing would somehow go off after not seeing anything for quite awhile. You'll let loose. Cry. Panic. You'll be exhausted for fighting your way out. Then just when you're about to stop and give up, you're no longer afraid. There's only this deafening silence and pithole of darkness that's gonna eat you up alive. And surprisingly, you'll make a home out of it.
You'll make a home out of the darkness that when a ray of light suddenly hits you, you'll try to avoid it. You'll try to cover your eyes. You'll try to cover your ears from the voices trying to help you get out of it. You'll try to hide because your mind and body will go against your will to come out and live. Because the darkness that used to scare you, now comforts you in a way you thought has helped you survived life. And you'll try to live. Day by day. In the darkness. Not knowing where to go. Not knowing where to start. Not knowing who is with you. You will try to live until the darkness that once surrounds you is now within you. And everyday, it's gonna be a cycle of subtle torture. But let me tell you a secret. The darkness won't make you whole.
You'll be broken. And in those hair-like cracks, the light will stubbornly fight its way through until it warms you up. Until you realize to check the switch and turn it on. Until you allow other people to help you find your way back in the light. Until you realize you're ready to live in light again. There's a light at the end of this long and dreading tunnel. The only question that matters: will you let them in?
I always thought of life, like a bead where each piece makes it worth sewing together with other piece of beads to make a stronger bond and to create a beautiful result. Today, how do we bond well with different people especially this difficult time? As this day challenges us to a new normal, may we continue to bead along positively with our life.