Vanity Kills Music
Vanity Kills Music
"This is it for me, there is no Plan B." Using Vanity Kills as a mantle to promote himself and his music, Sheard intends to do just that; with new songs written as frequently as twice a week, it's safe to assume that music is what he DOES. Vanity Kills is the brainchild of Sheard, a Chicagoland native, created with the goal of taking music to a whole new level. "I want to bring passion back into the system that has done so much to captivate the world," he says. "I drive around listening to pop, and even some rock and country radio stations today and most of it seems cold and lifeless--cookie cutter. I want to try and break out of that mold." Citing influences as diverse as classical masters like Beethoven and Bach, modern hip-hop, trance, and pop music, Vanity Kills is electropop, love, space, and time travel all rolled into one, with a side order of "baller status". "Baller status," he chuckles.
"I say that a lot. I don't try to hide who I am. I want people to get to know me just as well when listening to my music as they would when having a conversation with me. Yeah, essentially we're having a conversation every time you press play." Sheard began his musical journey during his time in school.
"I was a band "geek", and in a lot of ways I still am," he says, with an unexpected fervor. " I was in the orchestra, you know... played in the marching band. I think that's where it all started." He also credits his family as being huge supporters of the arts, and of his music.
"My parents were the ones that started me off. They bought me my first trombone, my grandpa gave me my first guitar. My dad really pushed me to practice and always encouraged me to expand my horizons musically. He's also a musician in his own right; I remember being really young and watching my dad write songs using an MPC drum machine.
I mean, I was like 9-- that HAD to have stuck!" Growing up with music, Bryan started writing his first songs at the age of 12. Armed with pen, paper, a guitar and an old computer, he worked in the basement, or the "laboratory" as he sometimes calls it, of his parent's home. "All I really had was my background as a band kid, my guitar, a MIDI keyboard, and Fruity Loops software-- back when it was still called 'Fruity Loops'," he laughs to himself. "...like version 2.
I think we're on version 10 now. It still remains a big part of my studio set up. And I had a really good ear for things, for sounds and tonal colors and chords. I wanted to write music that sounded good to me.
It was just fun to hear and I love it so much, hearing something that I wrote actually becoming fully realized. It's a very cool thing. I was hooked at writing songs at a super young age." But why Vanity Kills? Why choose this name? "Vanity Kills. It's short and sweet and to the point, and it also has a lot of meaning to me.
Vanity is the cousin of envy, one of the leading causes of stress in the world," he laughs. "Being vain, having a big head and lacking modesty in what you do, sure it'll turn some heads. But in the end, I feel like being full of yourself will eventually do more harm than good. Vanity Kills, bro.
Vanity Kills." Vanity Kills has released the first single, "My Atmosphere, My Explosion" off of it's upcoming Summer EP release titled "When You Shoot For The Stars, The Stars Shoot Back." From start to finish, the single, released only a few days ago, drives home an uncanny energy and charisma (you can't help but nod your head along), but also a story. "Most of my material comes from everyday life," says Bryan. "Getting the girl, not getting the girl. Love, loss, vampires, the Bermuda triangle.
You know, normal everyday things that people can relate too!" he says jokingly. Through the boyish grin, he admits to being very emotionally driven in his songwriting process. "I feel like the story isn't just MY story. When I write, I focus just as much on telling the stories of others as I do on telling my own.
I think that's what makes a lot of the songs on the EP relate-able." What does the future hold? Bryan has a plan. "When the EP is released this Summer, it's go time!" he exclaims. "I plan on touring and gigging a lot to promote the album. It's an exciting time." As you speak to Bryan, you begin to feel the passion for what he does, and you start to feel for his story.
You look at the way he carries himself, and you'd think he has it all figured out. "To be honest, the future is probably the most frightening thing about what I've chosen to do," Bryan says after thinking on it. "I know that there is so much potential for growth and progression as an artist and as a person in general, but I don't have it all figured out." He laughs out loud. " "But that's why I know I need to try that much harder. I know what I want to do: Music.
That's it! No back up plan!" You can't help but root for the guy. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..