Close your eyes and imagine a lush garden blooming with wonder and flourishing with surprise. A garden tended with care and brimming with all the promise that spring has to offer and much more. Yet, in the place of flora and fauna lie the blossoming aural delights of reverberating guitar chords and mesmerizing synths, moist with the dew of poignant lyricism and vibrantly emotive vocals. Open your eyes and immerse yourself in the splendorous sonic wonderland of Vital.
Boldly drawing from a wealth of influences across the vast musical spectrum, the California-based singer-songwriter is poised to inject a desperately needed shot of adrenaline into a languishing wasteland of repetitive radio playlists and deprived iPod droids. Blacksky Records introduced Vital and his attempt to gallantly traverse galaxies of musical genres with the release of his breathtaking new 5-track offering, The Vital EP. While Vital has no qualms in reconciling his myriad of musical inspirations with his life story, the journey to get to that space was not without its obstacles. “I always knew I had a voice, but I never wanted to use it because of the things that I was going through,” he recalls. “Because I was angry, I wanted to express myself through hip-hop instead. It was really rough growing up. So I didn’t want to sing it to you; I wanted to rap it to you.” Subject to a life less ordinary at an early age, Vital volleyed between Vallejo, California and Chicago for much of his childhood. As a result, hip-hop became his preferred mode of communication. After years of rapping, he finally made the decision to use the full range of his voice in a steadfast trial and error fashion.
Recorded entirely in Atlanta, the EP was the beginning of a recording process that would eventually result in a catalog of over 30 songs. “It came naturally,” he says of the creative process. “Chris and I created the songs together. It wasn’t a situation where I was sifting through throwaway tracks that other artists rejected. Everything was raw. We made so many songs in this little room with a sound booth in a closet. That just goes to show that it doesn’t really matter where you record. If the vibe and the sound is good, the songs will come out good.”