Introducing: Antonia Vai Band
How did you get together?
About a year ago, myself and guitarist Felix Gröndahl decided to leave Stockholm and move to Budapest. It was kind of a wild card; we didn’t have a proper plan, we just craved a change and new challenges. We were lucky to book our first gig in a ruinbar in Budapest, where we happened to meet the ‘right’ people who believed in us from the start. From there we played more gigs and secured more bookings, then suddenly we were playing at the biggest festivals in Hungary. During this time we met drummer Adam Gilinger, trumpet player Krisztian Muhari and bass player Adam Zdosek, who have since joined the band. It’s been a change bigger than we ever could have expected.
What is your musical background and when did you start with music?
I’ve been writing music and singing since I was a kid, but I always kept the songs to myself. It wasn’t until after I graduated at nineteen years old, that I started realising how much I actually dreamt of taking music to the next level. So I bought really basic recording equipment and travelled for a few years, always bringing my mic with me and recording songs when I was on the road. I started sharing my journey and music on YouTube, and looking for musicians to play with, and the response I got really encouraged me. I moved back to Sweden in 2012 and released the “Lovers and Prophets” album and things started off for me professionally; we had an album release show at Scandic Malmen in Stockholm and everything took off from there.
Who/what inspires you?
Anything or anyone I meet or come across in life or in dreams. Writing music is really my way of reflecting and understanding myself. “The Pirate’s Waltz” for example, was a result of me leaving Stockholm and moving to Budapest, after going through a really hard time in my life. I had read somewhere that “no one sets out to sea and abandons home, unless the waters feel safer than the grounds they’re on”. This sentence really stuck with me and kicked the whole song off. It’s about letting everything bad go and diving straight into the unknown.
What has the response to your music been like? What were your expectations?
Honestly, every time I share or create something new, I don’t expect anything. That’s the only way I can do it. The responses have been amazing and I’m really thankful! Me and the band really enjoy what we do, so it’s such a great feeling to see that others do as well.
What does 2014 have to offer? What’s happening next?
Next up, we’re releasing our full album “Stories After Bedtime”, a dynamical album filled with soulful storytelling and playfulness. It’s a bitch slap straight from the heart! Some tracks are calm and great to chill out to, but others will make you want to dance. Our plan is to tour as much as we can and spread the word about who we are. What has 2014 have to offer? I really don’t know, but I am super excited and can’t wait to find out!