With school, a job or whatever it is bogging you down it’s often difficult to flee the coop. So next time you’re boarded up in your daily routine take a mental trip with Vacationer. Fronted by vocalist and bassist Kenny Vasoli, Vacationer pours out serenity-inducing tracks that’ll help you chill out anywhere at anytime. No travel necessary. Just hit play.
Quiksilver: After watching the video for your new single, “Trip”, and listening to the lyrics…I feel like I need a vacation. Were you feeling the same way when you wrote the song?
Kenny Vasoli: Definitely. I was at a transitional point in my love-life at the time when I wrote the lyrics. The girl who I had written all of these songs about ended our relationship suddenly. We had previously planned a trip to spend a week in Amsterdam for New Years Eve, so I was left to go on this vacation by myself. I wrote the words to Trip before I went to commemorate that point in time and also to describe my urge to escape.
The North Shore in winter can be fairly hectic with all the surfers, contests and media flooding the 7 mile stretch of beach. However, watching your video gave it a much more relaxed feel which is a better interpretation of how most people think of surfing in Hawaii. With that said, did you run into any stressful moments while filming or was it as easy going as the video implies?
It was exactly as relaxing as it looks. Dave, who filmed the video, made it so easy for me to enjoy myself the entire time. He’s got the classic laid-back surfer vibe. Instead of directing in the traditional sense, he took me to the most beautiful places he knew of on the island and asked me to ride a bike or jump in the water and just enjoy myself. It was impossible for the experience to feel like work, I’m glad it was captured so accurately.
Teaming up Lomography along with the choppy editing really compliments your warm sound. Was this intentional?
Lomography did express interest in us making a music video with their LomoKino camera, and after seeing some sample footage of theirs it was a no-brainer to us. Choppy and analog are two words that I believe describe both our recordings and the developed film from these cameras.
To film the video using a $79.00 35mm movie camera is really inspirational. It proves that you don’t need a big crew and fancy equipment to make magic. What inspired you to use such simple means of filming with all the technology available?
As soon as the camera was brought to our attention we were intrigued by the concept of filming an entire music video with it. We always aim to create our art on a minimal budget, so really there was nothing abnormal to us about pulling it off at a low cost.
The cinematography and editing of the video is great. Who was the visionary?
Dave Homcy did the filming and Philippe Grenade edited it together.
How was it working with Dave Homcy?
Love that guy. Beyond being so instinctively talented and creative, he is simply a cool dude. He and his wife, Crystal, were unbelievable gracious to me while I was in town. Even after a long day of filming they would invite me to a BBQ at their friend’s place, or to dinner, or to the beach for sunset. All the while they were treating me more like a friendly guest rather than a client. I still keep in touch with them a bit and look forward to seeing them and hopefully working together again in the future. You don’t come across people as genuine as them everyday.
As I’m sure you know Dave is well known in the surf world. Were you fans of his work beforehand? If yes, what films stood out to you?
To be honest, outside of a few clips, I wasn’t familiar with his work prior to meeting him. He showed me a few pieces of footage in reference before we began and I instantly became a fan.
Okay, need to ask, does anyone in the band surf? If so, where did you get your start and how often do you get in the water these days?
Much like the Beach Boys, no one in the band surfs (to my knowledge.) So is the woes of growing up in a landlocked state. Also like the Beach Boys, I think we are all attracted and inspired by the lure of the surf lifestyle.
What’s next for Vacationer?
We are leaving for a US/CA tour in October with the wonderful group Bombay Bicycle Club. Almost immediately after that we have the incredible opportunity to perform at the Iceland Airwaves festival. We’ll also be writing our next record during the gaps in our travels.
Any last words/thanks?
Anyone who has invested interest in our music to point, I cannot thank you enough. This is a difficult craft to gain attention with this day and age, and all my expectations have been blown away only a few years in. If you enjoy what we have to offer, please recommend us to other music lovers. I love the idea of staying on this vacation for the remainder of my life.
Thanks Kenny, keep the tunes coming and enjoy the Vacation…