Interview: Violent Vickie

Violent Vickie on Serotonin

Afbeelding kan het volgende bevatten: een of meer mensen en buiten

I’m a chill, funny sober vegan hippie. These days, I’m no longer into alcohol and drugs, and not quite as punk as I was before. I am powered by fruit, greens, air & sun. And Riot Grrrl. I also used to listen to Ani Difranco a lot, too, but not so much anymore.

About Division, the album I just released, I started writing the songs between 2014 and 2016. Like other superheroes, I used to have a cover identity that I use as a disguise to “blend in.” In my case, as an office worker. But I had to leave my job due to my employer being unable to accommodate my chemical sensitivity. They were spraying Lysol and using air fresheners, which made me feel sick.

Afbeelding kan het volgende bevatten: 1 persoon, boom, gras, lucht, schoenen, plant, buiten en natuur

So I worked from my home on the album, and got the chance to finish the songs this year. I drove up to San Francisco a couple of times to work on the album with E. He is my collaborator. He did the guitar parts & some co-production.

I hope Serotonin, this specific song, will make people feel connected, elated, understood. The best time performing Serotonin so far was when I opened for Jessie Evans (The Vanishing) at Klub Terminal in Downey, California. It was just before lockdown.

These days I feel lucky because I can work from home, but at the same time bummed out because I cannot play for live audiences. I’m missing touring and playing local shows.

Listening to music is incredible. You can feel validation, euphoria, connection, stimulation… I hope my music helps people have a fun time and experience all those things. Check out my new album, Division!

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