First off, who are you and what genre of music do you make?
So I’m Leith from Vaultry. I play sort of post-hardcore indie rock sort of stuff. I do vocals. I don’t know. I had to think about that for a second.
If you had to describe your music with a color, what would it be?
Oh, god. Rose gold, we’ll say. Black or rose gold because that’s a pretty color. I like that color, and the music is pretty.
What’s the biggest struggle you have when it comes to creating?
I think being unsure that your music isn’t a derivative of something else. So if you’re writing something, and then you’re like “oh, I think this sounds too much like this other thing”. You sort of go through iterations and iterations of songs. It’s just difficult, especially when there are so many artists putting out so many albums and songs a year, to try and come up with something you feel is truly original and you’re not just ripping somebody else off.
If you could play any show in the world, what would it be?
I’d really like to play something like Budokan in Japan or Rock am Ring in Germany. Just one of those really big open-air festivals would be really cool. Where it’s like, you know, hundreds of thousands of people there where everything feels very open would be really cool.
What do you consider your biggest musical success?
Putting out this LP I felt like was pretty successful. Something I always wanted to do was produce my own album and to produce a studio record, and the fact that I got the chance to do this one felt like a big success, a big step forward. Moving forward with music and doing it more on the professional side and not the amateur working on playing shows around town sort of vibes.
What inspired you to start making music?
I really liked videogame music when I was a lot younger. I still do. But it was basically all I listened to. And then my friend introduced me to System of a Down and Atreyu and a couple other bands like that and we were like, “Oh man, we should try making a band. That might be cool”. I don’t think there was any goal really to go anywhere past just playing our high school. But you know, just working and seeing how much I enjoyed writing music just made me wanna do more. I guess just listening to bands that were really big and doing lots of cool stuff inspired me to want to do it too.
If you could hear any person living or dead sing to you, who would it be?
Probably Abraham Lincoln, because I want to hear what his voice actually sounded like. Some people say his voice sounded like a tea kettle and I’m intrigued to know how high-pitched his voice actually was.
Who, aside from any band or musician, is your biggest influence?
I mean, there’s a few people. I really like Hideo Kojima, the guy who does the Metal Gear games and stuff. One of the best writers in the industry and he’s really good at taking people by surprise by what he does, and it’s really interesting how he can make movies and games and anything he does feel so different from everything else. He’s a really original sort of guy. I also really look up to Batman. But that’s just because I really like Batman. I feel like as long as he’s well written he’s a pretty good guy. I look up to a lot of artists and stuff too. Especially fashion designers. There’s OMOCAT, she’s… I think she’s Japanese-American, and she does this really cool style of sort of merging contemporary anime sort of stuff with weird horror art. And her designs are just awesome. Really, really talented artists. I hope more people go check out her work. Definitely go check out OMOCAT.
I know I will. I’m intrigued now.
Yeah! I was surprised with the quality of her work. A lot of fashion design is just a lot of design on a shirt, but her stuff is like, super hyper-detailed. It even transfers to print which doesn’t usually happen with clothes. You have to be particular about where you put your details which can be lost in the clothes in the printing process really easy.
What’s your favorite book?
God. I don’t actually read books that much. I really liked Starship Troopers when I read it. It was a really good narrative about the effects of war on a country and just people’s necessity to feel like an individual but also how when people become soldiers they get tricked into kind of being part of the machine. It’s a really, really well written science fiction novel. I haven’t read a book like that since high school though. I wish I had a better answer.
What do you like to do other than music?
I like to draw a lot. I have a clothing line that I work on called Pathetique, I do read comics and occasionally play video games. I watch a lot of TV but that’s because I work from home so while I’m working on stuff I’ll just throw stuff on in the background.
Who is your favorite musical artist?
Oh, I have a lot but it’s just because I can’t pick a favorite. I really like Crywolf. He’s an electronic producer who fuses it with acoustic music and with like, kind of early Circa Survive sort of vibes because he has a really high voice. It’s his falsetto range. Like Anthony Green and a lot of the really high-pitched hardcore vocalists. And I really like, I don’t know… I’ll just go with that answer because I can’t really think of anything else right now.
What’s one piece of advice you have for young musicians?
Just research every avenue you can outside of just writing and performing music. Look into the best ways that you can get funding for your band, the opportunities to work with bigger companies, and look into the best way to approach publicists and managers and record labels. Just research everything you can about what being in a band is like because nine times out of ten the more researched you are the more you can do it yourself and be more DIY and your band will save money and you’ll feel more accomplished that you did all this work by yourself. You made things happen yourself, and you can have that self-satisfaction.
Lastly, what’s your lucky number?
Oh my god. Eight? I’m born on the eighth day of the eighth month so I’ll say eight. I’m not super superstitious, so we’ll go with that just so it’s down on paper.
Do you have any last word for the readers?
Thanks for reading the interview, we have an album out called Eulogy and we’re touring Canada soon, so hopefully, if you live in Canada we’ll see you on the road. If you’re waiting for a chance for us to come there, we’re waiting for the chance to book more tour dates across the US and Europe right now. Thanks for having me!
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