QUICK CHAT W/ ECCA VANDAL
Ecca Vandal is one of the most exciting, diverse musicians currently on the rise in Australia. Born in South Africa, raised in Sri Lanka and now settled in Melbourne, Ecca has burst into 2016, dropping her debut EP, End Of Time and gearing up to head out on her very first headline tour. End Of Time is a genre defying record, which stems from years and years of different influences that started from Ecca’s raid of her sister’s RnB, soul and hip hop records, before discovering the magic of improv jazz and later, electronic music from the likes of Radiohead and Bjork. Punk rock like Black Flag and Fugazi also played a massive role in Ecca’s tastes early on, but rather than shy away from early loves, she decided to encompass all of these styles into music that truly represents her pathway into songwriting. “I just couldn’t bring myself to box myself into a particular style or genre”, Ecca said, on her EP, “we all have different moods and feelings everyday… I wanted it to be a true expression of who I am”. The EP was dropped a couple of weeks ago, with no notice and no promo, really proving that she loves to keep her fans on their toes: “One day I just thought, ‘I want to release this music now’… there’s not a lot of surprises in life, why not just get it out there and cut the bullshit”.
As well as a wide range of influences, Ecca also has a rich and proud culture that affects both her music and lyrics. “Music is such a big part of Sri Lankan culture, so is dance”, Ecca said, “I wanted to make music that makes me move… also there are topical issues that comes with being a Sri Lankan/South African in Australia”. It is her connection to her background and her desire to spread a message that makes Ecca’s music so authentic and interesting in its nature. Her lyrics stem from cultural issues but also explore broader topics like being a female and celebrating all of the different aspects that make her who she is: “I’m not going to seclude any of that stuff, why don’t I just embrace it and incorporate it and tie it in? Because I’m proud of it, I’m proud of that culture”.
Ecca Vandal’s live show is just as captivating as her music. While being on the stage is a “different beast” to being in the studio, Ecca loves the rawness of gathering a band together to perform these tracks in front of a live audience. And it’s not just herself and the band who feel the energy, Ecca’s immersive nature has drawn in a strong community of fans, which she heavily interacts with and strives to include in her music: “It’s sort of faceless out there on the internet, so I’m really excited when I see people rocking up to the show… I’m all about building that community and getting involved”. As well as being active in the studio on the road, Ecca also makes her own gig posters, does her own promotion and is always involved with business meetings, which makes her entire brand so inclusive of everything that keeps her going. Her music and style truly incorporates everything that has come together to build her into the artist she is today.
So, what can we expect from her debut headline tour? “You can expect to hear all of the new songs on the EP for the first time, which is really exciting. I’m really excited to take these new tracks on the road and see how they go. Hopefully people know them now… learn the lyrics! *laughs* you can help me if I forget them.
Check out all of Ecca Vandal’s tour dates below & keep up to date with her via her Facebook page.
By Dean Valentino
Ecca Vandal National ‘End Of Time’ Tour
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