AN INTERVIEW WITH VICTOR BRAVO
Victor Bravo is a four piece band from the outskirts of Brisbane, Australia comprised of Jack Flack (Guitar/vocals), Ben Cutting (Guitar), Kodi Winslow (Bass), and Jakeb Brown (Drums). Rocking with fervor and intensity, their most recent work, a self-titled 6 track EP has taken psychedelic rock and given it a fresh, punk twist. Their tunes meshes sound after sound together into something unrecognizable and completely unique. By producing, writing, and performing an entire album themselves, they have captured the essence of Victor Bravo into six dynamite tracks. Check out their most recent EP, and keep an eye out for new music and shows from Victor Bravo in 2019!
SINCE YOU RECORDED + PRODUCED YOUR MOST RECENT ALBUM IN A HOME STUDIO, HOW DID THIS ALLOW YOU TO FLESH OUT A NEW, ORIGINAL SOUND? DO YOU THINK YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN RESTRICTED IF YOU HAD SOMEONE ELSE PRODUCE IT?
JACK: First of all, we had no time limits, so we never had a deadline to meet, we had absolute creative freedom. We had no exterior direction telling us how to play or how to sound, so we could just play and do what we want which definitely influenced how it turned out. We had so much freedom with what we did and we wouldn’t want it any other way.
YOU’VE FINISHED YOUR LATEST TOUR + NOW YOU’VE JUST RELEASED SOME NEW MUSIC. HAS THE SOUND CHANGED FROM THE PREVIOUSLY STATED “SURFY TURFY PSYCH ROCK?”
JACK: When we first started to write and record in early 2017, it was only two of us (Jack & Jakeb) with no intentions to ever form a full band. We recorded and produced the whole EP ourselves as well as playing all the instruments. We have since added two new members which means we have new creations to mix in to our writing. Production wise we are hoping to keep our sound but just have it sound bigger and better quality. We don’t have a genre 100% yet, we just blend all of our favorite sounds and music tastes together and *boom* you have some Victor Bravo.
AFTER WRAPPING UP A TOUR WITH ORB, YOU’RE PLANNING TO SUPPORT BEDDY RAYS. DO YOU HAVE BIG INTENTIONS FOR THE NEAR FUTURE??
JACK: Playing with ORB was really rad, awesome opportunity and experience. We’re super keen to be playing shows with Beddy Rays next year because they’re another sweet local band from the same town as us and it’s just like all your mates at the gig getting around local bands, best times. We intend on releasing a new single early in the year with a potential big headline tour down the east coast of Aus with it!
KODI + BEN: When we say big we mean big, Arabian belly dancers performing on stage with us, a light show to dance to our rhythm, a big dawg stage setup, with talking house plants, canons and pyro linked to our sound, a zip line where we can propel into our monster stage dives into the pumping crowd, basically, we want to create our music to express our souls and then turn that expression into an almost autonomous experience for our fans, where they have no control over the groove. A journey where the energy and magic can be shared between performers and the audience. Big plans!
JACK: I doubt it will be that big or exotic as that but hopefully we can get something mildly close...hahaha.
VICTOR BRAVO IS A BAND FROM THE OUTER SUBURBS OF BRISBANE. ARE YOU ALL FROM THERE? HOW HAS YOUR LOCATION CONTRIBUTED TO YOUR MUSIC TASTE + STYLE?
JACK: We all come from a little city called “The Redlands” it’s about 30 minutes from Brisbane City. Our sound is mainly influenced by Aus artists/bands and many Brisbane bands included. There’s always something going on in Brisbane music wise including the big names and bands coming to town as well as the local bands that are gaining a massive following Australia wide and not to forget Brisbane’s never-ending underground punk scene.
HOW HAVE OTHER AUSTRALIAN ACTS LIKE KING GIZZARD, ORB, AND DOPE LEMON (ALL WHO YOU’VE CITED AS INFLUENCES) CONTRIBUTED TO MOLDING VICTOR BRAVO’S SOUND DESPITE ORIGINATING IN A DIFFERENT REGION?
JACK: Melbourne’s got a psych rock uprising at the moment so it’s pretty hard to not be influenced by that but we’re also influenced by older music from the 60’s/70’s like Skyhooks, Supertramp and The Beatles. We’ve all got various tastes and styles in the band and we just throw it all together and make something out of it and put the Victor Bravo flavor on that.
MAKING MUSIC IN THE 21ST CENTURY IS DIFFERENT FROM ANY OTHER DUE TO SUCH ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY + SOCIAL MEDIA. HOW DO YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS? DOES IT IMPACT THE VISION FOR YOUR BAND NEGATIVELY?
JACK: Making music is easier nowadays with all this technology in the palm of your hand compared to the old days of tape reels and big analog systems. Social media is a great platform to promote gigs and music too but it’s hard when every band/artist is on the internet or social media, there’s a shit load of bands and producers out there pumping out music and now it’s easier than ever to release that music to the world via the internet. It’s not a bad thing just makes it hard to breakthrough.
KODI: Technology will kill the human race in the end.