AVEC has been talking with me…
about her latest track, Under Water, and what it was like filming its brilliant video. I ask the Austrian artist what the scene is like in the country and whether there is a rising artist to watch out for – AVEC reveals plans in regards touring and more material.
I ask how she feels she has progressed since the start of her career; which artists have made the biggest impression on her; what is the best compliment she has been paid; if there is anything she hopes to achieve by the end of the year – she ends the interview by selecting a great track.
Hi, AVEC. How are you? How has your week been?
All good here in Austria (smiles).
For those new to your music; can you introduce yourself, please?
My name is AVEC. I am a singer/songwriter from Austria. I started writing my own songs when I was about fourteen-years-old. In 2015, I released my first E.P., Heartbeats, followed by the debut record, What If We Never Forget, in 2016. Now, my second record Heaven / Hell is out and I’m going on tour through Europe in autumn.
Under Water is your new track. What is the story behind the song?
I think the song, Under Water, is the most honest one I’ve ever written so far. The lyrics are pretty rough and kind of relatable to everybody. The line “Breathing under water“ perfectly describes the pain and the struggle of being honest with yourself and being honest with everybody else.
It hurts and you might hurt people by being honest but it’s the only way to keep on going, to get through with whatever you’re dealing with - be honest; stay honest and be true to yourself - otherwise those feelings and thoughts will eat up your mind!
The video is rather cool! How did you feel watching it back for the first time?
When I watched it the first time, I got goosebumps all over my body! It moved me and it touched me - I really love it!
Is there going to be more material coming next year?
Let’s see - maybe (smiles).
PHOTO CREDIT: Kidizin Sane
In terms of your career; how do you think you have progressed and changed since the start?
I grew a lot in those two years in between my records. When I started recording my first album, I was only eighteen-years-old; I didn’t know anything about the whole business and about who I really am. I am now twenty-three and I grew a lot with my record Heaven / Hell. I write about things differently; I look at things differently; I’m more reflected and just grown-up I guess. I know what I want and where I stand and that is so important.
As an Austrian artist; what is the nation like regarding music? Is it an interesting place to record in?
There’s a lot of amazing music coming out of Austria. It’s sort of a ‘boom’ right now, which is really sweet! It’s definitely a great place to record in (smiles).
PHOTO CREDIT: Kidizin Sane
Which artists have been the biggest influences on you personally?
Bon Iver (Justin Vernon), John Mayer; Daughter, Sharon Van Etten…
What do you hope to achieve by the end of 2018?
By the end of 2018, I’d love to say that the album did really good and the tour went amazing - that would be nice (smiles).
Have you got a favourite memory from your time in music so far – the one that sticks in the mind?
Music just makes me happy; it’s the only thing that can make me feel truly and completely happy and whole again.
What is the best compliment your music has ever received in your opinion?
I’ve seen people cry tears of joy and sadness at my shows (both ways) and I think that’s one of the best compliments: to see people moved by my music.
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Are there any new artists you recommend we check out?
Do you get much time to chill away from music? How do you unwind?
At the moment, not really. But, normally, I go out into the nature to free my mind.
Finally, and for being a good sport; you can choose a song and I’ll play it here (not any of your music - I will do that).
In Their Thousands - Acrasia