I only discovered the super-talented Victor Perry a few months ago, but in that short period of time he has featured on three big playlist videos (which have over 900,000 combined views) – including the recent Lonely Rainy Days playlist – and has quickly become an alexrainbirdMusic favourite, both with my viewers and as a personal friend. I sat down with Vic a couple of weeks ago to ask him a few questions, and what followed was an in-depth interview about his family, his gospel roots, the recording of his latest EP and even a super-secret upcoming music project. Read on below!
Hi Victor! Thanks for doing this interview with me. To start with, tell me a little bit about yourself!
Hi Alex! My name is Victor Perry. I’m a singer-songwriter from a small town called Thomasville. It’s in South Georgia. I’m most definitely a small town guy but I have big city dreams and I want to travel the world and share my music with everyone who will listen.
That’s a good dream to have. When did you first know you wanted to make music?
I’ve always been a singer. I grew up in the church singing Gospel music. My family is very musical. Both of my parents are ministers of music at their respective churches. So music has always been in my DNA. I grew up listening to the best of the best – Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Celine Dion, Michael Bolton, Stevie Wonder, and many more. At a very small age I began singing and performing in Thomasville but never really considered it as a career choice. My father recorded me in our home studio, which at the time consisted of a karaoke microphone and Pro-Tools. The first song I recorded was “The Lord’s Prayer” at the age of 10. After which, I recorded Michael Bolton’s “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” at the age of 15 and then re-wrote Rihanna and Eminem’s “Love The Way You Lie” for a school project about bullying at the age of 17. Even at that point in my life, I didn’t consider myself an artist. I just loved to sing. It was until I got to college everything clicked. All the years I had spent following what I loved to do finally made sense. I credit Mikky Ekko and Rihanna for really giving me that last push to really find my voice in music.
That’s amazing! So inspiring dude, such humble beginnings. So now you’ve found your voice in music, can you give three words to describe your sound for the average listener?
Bedroom Confessional Pop. What does that mean? My music speaks to the soul. When we are alone we can’t hide from ourselves. We can’t run from the things that bother us or the things we bother. It’s apart of us indefinitely, especially in our bedroom. Each and everyday we have to sleep with our demons, our angels, and everything that falls in-between. So my music is a voice for that. I keep it real. I keep it authentic. I keep it me.
I love that. I’ve always found your music very relatable and this puts into words how your music makes me (and I’m sure plenty of others!) feel. Good stuff. Onto touring now – if you could go on tour with any band/artist, who would it be?
I’ve always imagined myself opening up for Coldplay. They have some of the best live shows on the planet. The colors, the energy, the stadiums, the music, them as people, it all seems like a Utopia.
YES I’m a massive Coldplay fan! Someone please make this tour happen haha. By the way, your latest release that I’ve been promoting in my videos – the 4 A.M. Nostalgia EP – is incredible, and every time I listen I seem to have a new favourite song (currently it’s ‘Lighthouse’)! Do you have a favourite track from the record? Any particular song for readers to check out to best introduce them to your sound?
“Nostalgia” is my favorite song from 4 A.M. Nostalgia. It was the last song I wrote for the project and I did it while in the booth recording “Leave.” It was super spontaneous. I was literally cutting vocals for “Leave” and my Dad played a new piano riff and I was like “Oh, I love that. Wait. Turn the recorder on. I’ve got something.” It took maybe 45 minutes to write and record from start to finish with the ad-libs and harmonies. I loved that moment. I felt super connected to the music. I also love “Rainbows.” It was the second song that I wrote. I wrote it in 2014 in my college dorm while listening to Kodaline.
That’s amazing! ‘Nostalgia’ sounds so developed and polished so to accomplish that in under in an hour really shows how talented you (and your Dad!) are. We’ve mentioned Coldplay, but which other bands/albums are you really into right now?
I really dig RY X, TENDER, Billie Eilish, and A R I Z O N A. They’re amazing.
Great taste, definitely agree! To round off, what are your current plans for the future?
I recently formed a duo with this amazing and super-talented producer that goes by the name of FICCI. We will be releasing new music very soon and I’m really excited about it. Not sure if I can reveal our band name just yet 😉
Ooh great! That is exciting, looking forward to hearing what you come up with together! Finally – any last words?
Yes! Thank you Alex for providing a platform for artists like me to share our voices with the world. Making music is a direct extension of who I am, so by having a platform like this, I’m able to share myself with the world and allow others to get to know me. You make being an indie artist easier. It’s really hard to grow a fan base, find people who will listen to your music, and want to support you. So thank you man. Your channel, your platform, and you as a person is inspiring.
Aww Victor! People like you are the reason that alexrainbirdMusic exists and it is why I started doing this so many years ago. The support from yourself and others like you now allow me to make a real difference to indie artists across the world, so I really should be thanking you! Cheers for doing this interview with me and I can’t wait to hear your new music!
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