Phil Vincent has
released several highly-rated melodic rock CDs since the late-1990s including
"Life is a Game" (1997), "Calm Before the Storm" and "No Turning Back" (1999).
In August, 1999,
Phil was signed by Song Haus Music, for a worldwide recording contract. They
released the disc "Thunder in the East" in November throughout Germany, Japan,
Sweden, Brazil, Belgium & the Netherlands.
In February 2001
came "Tragik" and then "Circular Logik".
What are you
currently up to?
As you know my new band Circular Logik is set to release our debut CD "ONE" on
March 28 through Music Buy Mail/Artist Service.
I have also
completed a new solo CD called "WHITE NOISE" which is still being shopped around
at the moment and a new TRAGIK CD has also been completed. We'll try to get
label interest shortly but my main objective is to get Circular Logik on the
Brief summary of your musical work and output to date for fans new to your
Well let's see, there are 9 Phil Vincent Cds(http://www.philvincent.com), my
band TRAGIK has one CD called "POETIC JUSTICE" out on Escape Music and my other
band Circular Logik has just released it's first CD called "ONE". So 11 CDs in
11 years (and 2 as yet to be released!!)
Could you take us through your new album 'One' by Circular Logik
This band was created by from strong musical relationship between Steven
Albanese and myself. He played some shredding guitar solos on my new solo CD
"WHITE NOISE" and from there we started writing and recording songs which would
become Circular Logik songs.
I asked if he had
any ideas for tunes and he came up with the music for "Hard to Find" and "Right
Here". Two very different but unbelievable songs.
"Hard to Find" has
that Journey quality and "Right Here" wreaks of the Beatles!!! "Welcome Home"
refers to the state of the world today.
It's crazy out
there and Billy Roux's insane solo really captured the intensity and vibe of the
tune. It's a real heavy tune. Tane DeAngel smashed the sh#t out of his drums and
he does some great double bass work and Bill Arnold had blisters all over his
fingers from the difficult bass riff in the song.
Inside" is another heavy riff. This song is about the frustration of being in a
relationship where you seem to care more about the situation than the person
you're caring about!!!??!!! Does that make any sense???
"Led Wait"'s title
came after someone said the music sounded like Led Zeppelin. The song is about
insanity and having no hope.Ahhhh......happy, happy, joy, joy!!!LOL
"You Make Me Weak"
is self explanitory!!:-) "Since You've Been Gone" is about losing someone and
dealing with life afterward. My friend Robby Kallio plays a very melodic solo in
Looking For" is about greed and what lengths people will go to for wealth.
Killer dueling guitar solos by the boys. "Time Killer"- every second that passes
is one second less of our life!!! Depressing, isn't it?? Hey, someone has to
write about this stuff!!! LOL .
On a more positive
note, "See Me Through" is all about hope that there is a higher power guiding us
through life."Won't Let You Go"/"Lost Without You" was originally 2 seperate
songs that I thought sounded better side by side. "Won't Let You Go" is a song
about someone trying to deal with death and not being able to let go.
Some people never
do. "Lost Without You" is based on a heavy riff I came up with late one night
while the snow fell heavily outside my window. I absolutely LOVE winter and all
the snow and cold temperatures!! Everyone thinks I'm insane!! Actually, I AM
insane!! LOL "It's All Over" is about someone taking their own life. Yes,
another upbeat tune from the pen of Phil Morbid.....I mean ....Vincent!! :-)
How did you decide which musicians to use in your new band Circular Logik? Do
you plan to do any live dates with the band?
The whole band is tight!! Very tight!!! We're close friends AND we're good
musicians who play EVERYTHING with passion!!
But here's how it started: I knew Steve, Steve knew Billy Roux, Billy knew Tane,
Tane knew Steve, I knew Bill Arnold and that's it. We all LOVE heavy music
that's melodic and we think this CD is a great representation of our influences.
As far as live gigs, we are talking about that now but Roux does alot of session
work, I'm doing a CD with David Zychek that will surprise alot of people, Bill
Arnold went back to school last year to get his Masters Degree so he'll be tied
up for at least a few months more. But things will come together soon.
The rather good Tragik album came out last year via Escape. How did you hook
up with Escape and were you pleased with the reaction to the album from
reviewers and fans?
Khalil, Barrie and all at Escape are really great people who I consider friends.
They are honest and hard working music fans who care about their product. I sent
Khalil a master of the first Tragik CD and he wanted to hear some more songs so
I sent him 33!!! He picked the best 15.
I think they did a
great job with the CD,artwork & promotion. The reviews were great and the CD
sold well. They are true professionals and it's the hard work from people like
Khalil and Barrie at Escape & Oliver & Sebastian at ArtistService & Music Buy
Mail, that keep this genre of music alive!! We are very thankful there are such
dedicated people out there believing in melodic rock music .
Will there be another Tragik album and will it be released via Escape again?
The CD is finished. It's called "NEXT" I will send them the new Tragik CD and
see if they want to release it. It's an awesome collection of tunes. More
intricate arrangements and in your face hard rock than the last CD. You can go
http://www.myspace.com/tragikrox to hear a few of the new tunes. Damian
D'Ercole will raise a few eyebrows with his performance and Dirk Phillips again
proves he's the best unknown drummer in rock!! :-)
How do you view the internet and downloads? How has the internet helped get
your music out there?
It has helped get the music out there but it's also cut into the profit for
everyone involved. So it's good and bad. The labels make less because everyone's
sharing the music and not buying the original product which means the artist
makes less as well. I've found my sales on I-Tunes, Rhapsody and other digital
download houses have eclipsed actual CD sales!!!
That's a good
thing because people are starting to realize that is the ONLY way to make sure
the music stays around!! But digital downloading is the future of music, like it
or not. And we have to accept it and adapt to it. If we don't change with it
then we'll be lost and go by the way of the vinyl album!!! Remember them???
How did you get your first break into the music business? What piece of
advice would you pass onto budding musicians?
Matt Honey from Hard Roxx magazine got a copy of my 3rd CD "Calm Before the
Storm" from a gentleman who lived in Germany named Helmutt Schnakenburger. I am
totally serious !! He ordered it from me directly and we became long distance
friends.I haven't heard from him in years and I've written him several times but
have gotten no response.
I think it's safe
to say he has passed on!! RIP anyway, he sent it to Hard Roxx and they did an
awesome review of it. Then Nicky Baldrian contacted me and asked me to send him
my other Cds and he did some interviews with me and the exposure became greater
and greater and look at me now Jason!!! I'm here talking to you!! LOL!!
But if I was to
give one piece of advice to someone who wants their music to be heard, it's BE
PERSISTENT!!! Don't get down when someone says they don't like your music or
they write a bad review. KEEP PUSHING YOUR SONGS!!! You have to believe in every
note you play, every word you sing and every song you write because people will
see and feel the passion in your work. Listen, I've been doing this since 1997!!
Each year my fan
base grew. It was small but it kept growing. With each CD came more fans. Now
I'm 11 CDs into this (if you count Tragik & Circular Logik) and the fan base is
still growing!! That's success!!! I live in the SMALLEST state in the United
States and to be able to sit here and talk to you so many miles away about my
music is really special. I never take that for granted. You have to stay humble.
So I'm a great example of persistence!!!:-) I am very humble and speaking of
I remember 4 years ago when I got to meet Brad Delp(RIP) back stage after a
Boston concert in Connecticut and he was so humble!! No atitude, no "I'm better
than you" posing, he listened to every word I said and we spoke for an hour
about music, sports, TV,.... it was and still is the highlight of musical
life.That's what success is all about. Getting to meet your heroes and finding
out they're just like you!!! That's an awesome feeling!!
What do you like doing with your spare time outside of music?
I love hockey, weightlifting, baseball and hanging out with family and friends,
going to concerts, I'm an only child so my friends become family to me
Message for your fans...
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I hope you like listening to the music as much
as we did making it. If you listen.....we will play!!!:-))
Thank YOU Jason for enduring my unbelievably long and wordy answers. I assume
you'll edit the sh%t out of them!! LOL
And also Jason, thank you for taking the time to promote our music. It is deeply
And don't forget rock fans all around the world ...please BUY the music you
listen to and remember where it's coming from........Thank you....Phil V.
NOW LET'S GET READY TO ROCK PEOPLE!!!!
Interview © 2008 Jason Ritchie.
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