1. First off, who are you and what genre of music do you make?
I’m Vincent Amador, I play guitar and sing sometimes in Souvenirs. We get described as an emo or indie band most of the time but I just like to say we’re a rock band.
2. If you had to describe your music with a color, what would it be?
A dark green. I don’t really have a reason why other than the fact that I love the color. Haha.
3. What’s the biggest struggle you have when it comes to creating?
The biggest struggle for me is being content with what I create. Everyone is their own worst critic but sometimes that kind of critique stunts progression. I always want to change my guitar parts or sing melodies differently after we finish recording.
4. If you could play any show in the world, what would it be?
We’ve never been out of the country so I would be ecstatic to play any show out of the United States. If someone booked Souvenirs at a tool shed in the middle of Europe, you can catch me on the next red eye flight to wherever.
5. What do you consider your biggest musical success?
Hearing something I played on pressed onto vinyl. I have been playing music in some capacity since I was 13 years old. Everything I had ever done was recorded and burned onto CD-Rs from my parent’s computer, so dropping the needle on our first EP a couple years ago was an unreal feeling.
6. What inspired you to start making music?
My mom used to practice violin and piano in the house when I was a kid so I was always around music. I started playing guitar because of my uncle. He would come visit the United States from the Philippines around Thanksgiving every year. He played guitar and I couldn’t believe how awesome it was. He taught me a couple chords on one of those visits and I’ve been playing guitar ever since.
7. If you could hear any person living or dead sing to you, who would it be?
Dead: Elliott Smith
8. Who, aside from any band or musician, is your biggest influence?
Kobe Bryant. I’ve read so many anecdotal stories about his work ethic and dedication to perfecting his craft that have inspired me to try to do the same in my life. I like to attribute my growth as a musician to thinking like he does. My jumpshot is still trash though.
9. What’s your favorite book?
The Stranger by Albert Camus
10. What do you like to do other than music?
I’m a very big fan of the NBA and I play a ton of video games. If anyone is trying to get dunked on in 2k HMU.
11. Who is your favorite musical artist?
This is a hard question for me to answer with just a single person so I’m just gonna give you three.
Tim Kasher (Cursive, The Good Life)
Elizabeth Powell (Land of Talk)
Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service)
12. What’s one piece of advice you have for young musicians?
Don’t ever let being creative stop being fun. Do it yourself.
13. Lastly, what’s your lucky number?
You can find Souvenirs on Instagram at @souvenirsca. Be sure to check them out on Spotify.