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Q & A with Vacationer’s Kenny Vasoli

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Amidst the tremendously busy schedule of a touring band, Kenny Vasoli of Vacationer graciously entertained a brief interview with The Spec.

Read on to find out Vasoli’s thoughts on inspiration, new music and chill vibes…

The Spec: Do you feel that your music embodies your surroundings? If so, in what ways?
Kenny Vasoli: I do. I like to look at my style of living as a life of leisure, so I want to make music that reminds me to relax. Nothing is really worth worrying about because worrying itself is pointless. I also live an exploratory life, both in locations and sounds.

TS: Who or what inspires your work the most?
KV: Love is the most powerful muse to me. It can be any form of love and for or from anything at all. I try to stick to that through-line in Vacationer. Love and serenity are two very important things to me.

TS: You describe your music as “Nu-hula.” Can you elaborate on what that means to you?
KV: Grant (producer/co-writer) came up with that while we were making the record. It’s just a humorous way of saying that we are the in the new wave of tropical music.

TS: Your band name and debut album seem to carry a theme of wanderlust — If you could vacation anywhere you haven’t been, where would you go?
KV: I’d love to see Brazil, or for that matter, any off-the-path city in South America that isn’t tourist flooded.

TS: What do you like to do with your free time, outside of music?
KV: I stay pretty low-key. I love to long-distance run. I also enjoy cooking and spending time with my dog.

TS: Vacationer’s music is heavy on relaxation and chill vibes; do you plan to keep with that sound as you move forward?
KV: That’s the plan for sure. It’s a delight for me to get to play chill music for the first time in my span as a musician. I enjoy it so much and am eager to build off of our debut.

TS: What is your favorite part about touring?
KV: It’s the opposite of being cooped up. There is a freeing sensation that comes from being on the road and being in a new city every day. When the shows are good on top of that, it’s a major high.

TS: Best part of playing live?
KV: When I can see people either dancing or turning to each other and smiling. It’s always positive reinforcement for what we do.

TS: Have you guys started working on new music? What are your short-term goals for the rest of this year?
KV: We are indeed currently knocking around a handful of new song ideas. We’ll be touring the rest of the month with Bombay Bicycle Club and after that we’ll be taking part in Iceland Airwaves. November we’ll be playing a few shows and shifting back into writing mode.

TS: Is there anything else you want your fans to know about the band? Gone? Life?
KV: Anyone who considers themselves a fan of Vacationer, thank you. It’s a dream for me to be a part of this experience. I hope what people take away from our material is a sense of airiness that lightens the stress they might undergo. Remain chill, everyone.

Vacationer will grace Crescent Ballroom on Monday, Oct. 15 with Bombay Bicycle Club, information and tickets available here.

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