Meet The Composer That Does It All: Vandike Releases New Song "Spring"
Arshia, also known as “Vandike” began playing guitar at an early age. Heavily influenced by 80s music, Vandike became a classic guitarist right from the start! Now as an adult, Vandike has shown us why he’s a master of versatility, artistry and diversity in his music. His song “Spring” is absolutely masterful. Showcasing of his guitar skills was a main element of the song, alongside the melodic piano and various different instrumentals used creating a sensational hit. Vandike embodies the true definition of a composer, someone who correctly orchestrates musical pieces and combine different components of sounds to create something relishing and ear-piercing. I love the sense of surroundings this song places you in. Living up to the name “Spring”, it’s a digestible piece that has the capability of taking you into seasonal atmospheres while leaving room for you to mentally create your own musical journey. I can hear this song in background of popular film but the notoriety of the sound will be the classic 80s tune that’s creditable to Vandike’s influence as an early kid. Vandike, is nothing less than a musical genius who spends meticulous amount of time perfecting his craft and composing work that’s not only extravagant but trendy as well! Check out “Spring” and connect with this artist on social media!
Check out our exclusive interview with Vandike and be sure to listen to "Spring"!
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
Hello my name is Arshia, Vandike is the name I use as an artist.
Can you give us a brief history of your musical career?
I started learning guitar when I was 9. I started with electric guitar from the very beginning.
By the age of 13 I started composing my own music. Nothing fancy but everything has to start somewhere, right? I joined a band when I was I high school, at the time, I thought that I don’t need to know much about other instruments, I was like “I’m going to have a band and every member will do his own stuff”. Well that didn’t happen. So I ended up learning everything I need myself. Just like all the professionals do. And here we are.
How did you come up with your name? Is there a meaning behind it?
So generally Van Dyck is a color, it is a dark brown color named after the painter Anthony van Dyck. Which might not be really connected to what I do, in terms of meaning , But it is catchy word you know. I decided to change the spelling, making it easier to read and to also emphasize on how a word without a specific meaning can lead to creation of a melody in human sub-conciseness.
Do you write your own music? Can you tell us a bit about your writing style?
Well as I just mentioned earlier , I learned to do everything myself, so yes, not only I compose , but I perform/program and record my own music.
Well about the writing methods, short answer is I DON’T follow any methods. I mean, I definitely know how to apply and use theory and all that stuff, and I do use it when I want to expand an idea. But the very first idea, that Little tone I hear, or it just starts playing in my ears, that's the start point. A general rule I follow is not being so simple (using so common chord progression and time signatures) and not so complicated. Of course I’m more oriented to complicated music but you have to keep the audiences satisfied as well.
LOVE the new song Spring! Can you tell us a bit about it?
Thank you, glad you enjoyed it. I’m so much into classical music. And one of my favorite masterpieces is Vivaldi’s 4 seasons . So I thought to come up with a modern version of 4 seasons (definitely not comparable to Vivaldi’s masterpiece) and I composed spring, summer, autumn and winter is a metal version of Vivaldi’s winter.
Where did the inspiration behind Spring come from?
I can remember writing the sketch of this song 6-7 years ago when I was watching a tutorial video from maestro “Shawn Lane”. He was talking about creating less common chord progressions and timing sequences. While watching the video, I started creating the first chord sequence in my mind and after a couple of weeks I came up With the first complete version of the song. Which of course is not what is on the album now, but close.
What are three things you’d love your fans to know about you?
1- The most important thing is, I want my fans and my audience to understand my knowledge of music. Of course it is up to me how to present myself to the fans and I think I have done my part in this one and I DO appreciate the ones who actually understand it.
2- I am so eager to answer their questions and teach them anything they want about guitar
3-i am open to any critics and compliments from anyone
Any upcoming shows?
Not for now unfortunately because I need to form a band first which has not happened yet.
For someone who hasn’t seen you live yet, how would you describe your performance?
Well I am a very picky person specially when it comes to live performances. Ill try to perform the exact thing live as it is on the record. I’m sure it is one the most important things an audience wants to see.
What’s next for you?
So I have been working on the 2nd album while I was recording this album.
Next album is going to bee much more heavy, riff driven, symphonic and progressive. There will be 2-3 Vocalists and I am planning to have guest musicians in it. It will be a lot more different than this album, and its theme is historical.
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