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Interview: Vitamin

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Having been described by Phil Taggart as ‘wrapping funk-lite guitars and radio melodies in warm hues of pop saturation’, Leeds four-piece Vitamin could be the musical boost you need right now.

Vitamin

They formed in 2014 when Jared (vocals), Theo (drums), Cameron (guitar) and Harrison (bass) dropped out of college to pursue music.

In a short space of time, they have already made a name for themselves as a quality indie band with serious pop credentials.

With tracks as undeniably summery as they are catchy, Vitamin are definitely worth a listen.

We caught up with front-man Jared ahead of their gig supporting The Magic Gang in St Albans.

Often praised for their ‘playful approach to modern production techniques’, I asked Jared to make up a genre of music that best describes their sound. ‘Indie Soul Pop’ comes the immediate answer, professing ‘it’s a thing and it’s gonna be big’.

The band’s youthful confidence and positive outlook is apparent not only in their music but in their attitude that’s both endearing and rightly ambitious. When asked who they wish they co

uld support on tour, Jared’s response is Nile Rodgers’ band ‘Chic’ simply because ‘why not’.

On the subject of touring, they cite the best things as being ‘playing shows, meeting new people and travelling’ with less favourable moments understandably including ‘waking up in a random motel somewhere along M1, but you just get on with it, go for a jog around a service station car park, and get with your day’.

At risk of displaying diva-ish tendencies already with their rider, besides the usual alcohol, mixer and vital ‘sandwich materials’, the band describe their ‘test of commitment’ from the venue where they request ‘a single bottle of Vitamin water’ (that is then ceremoniously left untouched).

Conversation then shifts to switching roles and go

ing to gigs as audience members themselves.

Jared recounts an evening spent at Ronnie Scott’s: “I found it completely mind blowing watching the level of musicianship some of those players had- it was the most inspiring gig that I've been to in a long time. For the record though, I don't spend all my spare time in jazz clubs like some 50's gangster, but you have to try everything once right?”

Catch them live at the following dates: The Great Escape Festival, Brighton- May 19-21 Lost Village Festival, Lincolnshire- May 27-29 Studio 24, Leeds- June 3




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