Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from and how did you end up where you are now?
My name’s Vladimir, I’m a songwriter and a massive fan of road cycling originally from countryside in the north-west of Czech Republic. Beautiful piece of land, but the fact that you’re growing up a 15min drive from much wealthier and thriving Germany makes it a bit depressing for many. I also lived in Prague for a few years and worked as a session musician there. Six months ago I moved to Bristol, where I now live and work. I quite like it here, definitely planning to stay, even if the summer is cancelled.
What kind of style do you play?
It’s hard to describe, I’m trying to avoid being a part of any sort of scene and getting stuck there. I understand that it’s quite tempting for someone, because everyone likes you, when you say what they want to hear and stuff, but that’s not really what I’m after. Sometimes I write candy-coated pop tunes, sometimes I write noise rock madness with squeaking guitars all over the place, so I can’t really say. At the end of the day, I guess it’s all just rock and roll, haha.
Where do you seek inspiration?
Everything just comes up quite naturally most of the time. I’m subconsciously inspired by the music and lyrics I like and listen to of course, that will always be there, but I’m not bothered too much, coming up with something completely unique and unheard of is a blessing and hats off to the very few who’ve managed to do such thing, but I won’t desperately try do it just for the sake of it. If someone says it is just another Nirvana rip off, I’m fine with that, I write mainly for my own satisfaction anyways, and I love Nirvana.
You recently released your latest single, Diehard Fan Of Yours. Can you tell us a little bit about it?
It’s the last song I wrote in Prague and recorded it with a band just a few days before my move to the UK, as a bit of a farewell to my old bandmates. It took some time to finish it so eventually it is going to end up on Lack Lustre Rush’ upcoming EP Grand Départ. It’s about a relationship clearly, not necessarily between two people, in a way it’s about a stranger in new town. That’s why the video looks how it looks.
Where was the music video filmed? It looked good fun to make.
We filmed it with Paul Skawinski and his crew on North street here in Bristol. He had this idea of me walking backwards on a busy street and we actually managed to do every take in one shot…I think we had to start over only once, because we bumped in to a blind fella along the way. Had loads of fun doing it.
What were some of the greatest challenges you faced when making your single?
Everything went quite smooth I think, the only actual challenge was walking backwards for two minutes straight on a busy street, but even that went surprisingly well, no tumbles. We had a friend guiding us, shouting at me and Paul so we knew what’s happening behind us.
Any plans for more releases in the future?
As I already mentioned, I’m working on my debut EP. It should have been out by now, but I’m unable to finish the recording as long as we’re in lockdown, so that’s a bit shit. On the bright side, there’s another song from it that’s nearly mixed and coming out very soon, it’s called True Romance and it’s about finding pleasure in being sat at home alone in underpants on a daily basis. Timeless.
And how are you keeping yourself sane during lockdown?
It’s hard without being able to watch cycling man, the most exciting part of the season has been postponed, that totally crushed me, but I’m constantly writing something. I have loads of demos and I’d be well happy actually If I had a fully equipped home-studio, but unfortunately I don’t. Besides that, I do all the usual boring stuff like watching films and day-drinking… and a bit of exercise cause I feel like I’m pushing 60 some mornings.
Where can we find out more about you?