April Wan: You’re currently on tour, how has this experience been for you?
Vagabon: It’s been really nice to play live music again, I’ve missed it quite a bit!
AW: Your music has often been praised for its unique blend of genres. Can you share some insights into the musicians or genres that have had the most significant influence on your sound?
V: Joni Mitchell, Mariah Carey, Frank Ocean, Aphex Twin, Bjork, Francis Bebey, to name some well known ones. As a teenager I mostly listened to pop music (whatever was on the radio) since I didn’t know about record stores or music discovery blogs etc. I’m often inspired by the work of my friends and the musicians I have near me… the shows I got to witness when I first discovered the underground music scene in NYC.
AW: Your album, ‘Sorry I Haven’t Called,’ was highly anticipated. How does it differ from your previous works, and what inspired the direction you took with this album?
V: The album is a dedication to my friend Eric Littmann. He and I loved dance music, specifically House. I wanted to make an album that honored our friendship and musical relationship but also one that helped me escape my grief in a way that offered me catharsis which became, faster tempos then I’ve worked with in the past.
AW: Your journey as a musician has been well-documented, from your early days of posting tracks on Bandcamp to your recent successes. What have been some of the most memorable moments of your career so far?
V: My most memorable moments as a musician has been the kinship and community I’ve found with other musicians. Like you said, I’ve been sharing my work since the very beginning. The first songs I ever wrote are on my first album Infinite Worlds. Only in my reflection was I able to see how brave that was! And the gift of sharing such early and vulnerable work is that it’s allowed me to meet people who really understand me and who are with me on this journey for the long haul, both musicians and fans alike.