I was first introduced to Vanaprasta by a friend a couple months ago at a show in Silverlake at The Thirsty Crow. When I mentioned that show to Camron Dmytryk and Steven Wilkin of Vanaprasta, they said that the show then was a very different set than what we can expect at their Satellite residency. "That's like the nice cozy date, this is the extreme date." They spent a moment deciding what exactly an extreme date would entail and came up with "you know an extreme date... like skydiving or something. This is the skydive date!" Truth be told, they were right. The set Monday night was an extreme concert complete with each band member getting his moment to shine.
Since I saw them last, Vanaprasta has been going non stop. "We've been really busy lately since we just released the new record on November 1st. To celebrate the album 98.7 invited us to play the penthouse." You may have heard the ticket give always on the radio last week. "They gave us the evening to celebrate. We did kinda a stripped down version of the set."
When asked about the beginning of the band, Steven told a story of happy accidents that lead to where they are today. "Camron came with us and jammed for a bit and immediately I knew I wanted him to be in the band. Colin and I worked together at a restaurant in Beverly Hills, and mutual friends encouraged us to play. Then Camron brought in Ben Smiley on Drums." It was very serendipitous and I think the universe was bringing everything together at that time." They seemed thrilled with escalating success and the future seems bright. "There are definitely some serendipitous things that have happened with the band that have lead us to believe that this is what we are supposed to be doing."
For those of you that have not yet gotten to listen to the band's album Healthy Geometry, I encourage it. I also though say you must see them live. For everyone hoping for more, there are songs in the works. "We have about 3 or four songs that we have lined up for a follow up record, for next year." Steven said. Camron chimed in "When we were in San Francisco, someone told me that your first album is everything you've ever created, even if it's not all on the record, it's just everything, your influences and your chemistry as a band coming together, and your second album is everything you wrote after that in sixteen months." He continued "It's scary definitely, you now 'cause we put a lot of time into this record, and ideally we really wont have that much time for the next one."
Each coming week of the residency will have a new surprise and a new lineup. The guys seemed happy with how everything was coming together. "We're going to do a different cover every week and we'll have our friend Bethany play with us." In addition to her help with a song during their set, legendary producer Daniel Lanois, performed prior to their set with a quiet and melodic opening.
Their music and their sound is spreading around the world and they are amazed at the reactions. Steven shared some feedback they had received earlier in the day. "We just got a message from someone in Denmark. He said that our record was a masterpiece and I feel pretty humbled to think that he thinks out record is a masterpiece. People really attache to the message that we're sharing. There is a really emotive feeling in the music we create and we did that kinda unknowingly. "It covers a lot of grown like going from that young 20 year old to moving into the more heavy issues about relationship and dealing with that. Learning how to better yourself."
For the band, the writing process is a collaboration, "Camron wrote a song for the album called Healthy Geometry which I think really express the feel of us." They work together on every aspect till it is truly their voice. Camron continued to explain the process. "Every song is different. Someone will bring something in and it will grow from there. We don't keep it like one person writes a song. The songs for us, just happen really. It's a pretty democratic process. We never tell one person in the band that their idea isn't valid. It seems to work for us." With appreciation for his band mates, Steven continued, "we need every member of the band to make Vanaprasta happen and without that link, it doesn't happen."
The residency will continue through November every Monday. With hope of some more amazing guest performers, and a fantastic live show, it will not be one you will want to miss.