We recently caught up with Frank Chin of Vektor in Los Angeles at the Whiskey A Go Go in Hollywood, CA.
We talked about what Vektor has in store for their third album, what they listen to while in the bus, and how 2013 has been treating them so far.
For the complete interview click here.
You guys currently have two albums out, Black Future and Outer Isolation being the latest release was back in 2011, do you have any plans to get back into the studio soon for a third album?
Yes, we don’t know how soon, we’re writing right now, we’re not rushing it or anything, but if we can get into the studio within the next 6 to 8 months that’d be awesome.
Now, on the Black Future album you guys go from technical and super fast to even faster and more technical on Outer Isolation, how is that even possible, and how do you guys manage to push your selves to that level of technicality and speed?
There’s no conscious decision to make things longer or more technical, but it’ll be more thought out because it’s going to be a concept album, and it’ll pick up where Outer Isolation left off, our style and our riffs, we’re stoked to be bringing in more ideas to this album.
Are you going to keep with sci-fi theme?
Yes of course, that’s what we’re all about!
Why is there such a fascination with Space/Science Fiction for you guys?
It wasn’t a group decision, we’ve all known each other for a while and we had all studied it on our own, and were interested it in it, mine and Dave had studied it in college, we all had the same views and opinions about shitty b-rated sci-fi movies and philosophical views.
We’re almost half way through 2013, what has this year brought you guys?
It’s all going really well, it’s been a crazy year, we’ve been on the east coast and it’s totally fun to play one off shows, and it’s cool, there’s some other tour stuff going on and France is happening, getting into the studio is happening. This year has been really fucking awesome. Changing our home base has been really positive so far.
If you log onto Youtube, under videos of yours there are tons of arguments amongst fans as to who you’re inspired and influenced by, time to put those arguments to rest who ARE you influenced by?
Personally we’re all influenced by different bands, but we’re all in love with thrash and black metal, Crimson and YES! Also RUSH. Personally I love anything, that’s what’s awesome about metal, it’s cool to incorporate different things into our music.
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve seen on tour thus far?
A lot of stuff *laughs*
A ton of good experiences, like ending up in random small towns to play whatever shows we could—it’s all been good.
There’s got to be a good amount of down time while on tour in between traveling to the venues, sound check and playing the show, how do you keep busy?
Somewhere like here (Los Angeles), it’s easy, you can go anywhere and find entertainment, but if we’re in a smaller town then it’s harder, so sometimes we’ll just grab some beers and chill in the shuttle and listen to music
What are you listening to in the shuttle right now?
What’s the most rewarding thing about being in a band?
The reaction. Seeing kids in the crowd digging your music and getting in to it, it’s all worth that reaction. I’ve had people come up to me and thank me for what I do—and to know that we’ve written music that people can relate to or help them in some way is what it’s all about it. It’s an amazing feeling to know that people appreciate what you’re doing.
Is there anything you want to add?
We’re going to be in it for a long time, no bullshit, no dishonesty. Just us.
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A huge thank you to Earache Records for setting this up and Frank Chin for taking time to sit down and talk to us.