“You know for certain that you’ve experienced something extraordinary when you listen to this album in full. It’s a fascinating collection that really holds tight to your attention & provokes deep consideration of the ideas within.”
After reviewing the unique project that is MORBID, we caught an interview with the thoughtful artist Vidaus to find out more about the music and how it all came to be. Here’s the conversation in full.
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Hey – thank you for the interview, and congratulations on the release. What does the project Morbid mean to you, and what do you hope people take away from it?
Thank you very much for having me, MORBID was kind of an out of body experiment for me designed to critique the certain bleakness of the world. Mostly I hope people can find any way to just enjoy the music as well as to relate a little.
What’s the creative process like for you – was this project conceptualized first, then crafted, or did the music come through before anything else?
I had to work backwards for this project, usually I like to write a few songs and see where that takes me but I actually did the album art first and wondered what that album would sound like. Making the music was really on the fly, I would be working for days on a single song only to have an idea I thought was much better, so I have about 3 or 4 unused songs laying around after writing MORBID.
Do the songs have a personal connection to you and your own experiences, and if so, does this make them difficult to listen back to, or therapeutic?
There is definitely a personal connection with some tracks, for me I feel like MORBID is about being ostracized and isolated. However, more recently I’ve felt like MORBID has been a narrative as well. The most difficult song to listen back to from time to time is NEVER because I wrote that on the second year passing of my friend. It’s good to listen to NEVER and think of how she might have liked it.
Who or what inspires you to create in this way?
I’m kind of a moody person, I could be really happy on Friday and miserable on Saturday. So it makes sense that MORBID was written mostly on Saturdays.
You talk a lot about personal demons and difficulties in your songs. What advice would you give to someone if you knew they were having a hard time with life?
There isn’t anything an artist or even someone close could say to make anyone feel better in my experience. It’s best to stick with people who love and understand you, through that you will find the peace you are searching for with time. It might be best to also stop hurting yourself with your own thoughts too.
What do you think is one of the best, most uplifting or memorable songs ever written, and why do you think it connects so much?
I can’t really pick a best song ever, if you want to be happy at the moment listen to the Kids See Ghost album as that is very uplifting. The earliest memory I have of a song is Why Can’t I Be You by The Cure and that band has probably followed me my entire life.
What are your hopes as a musician and an artist over the coming years?
My only goal is that more and more people enjoy my music ongoing and past. That seems not very proactive I suppose but an honest simple goal is a solid goal.
If people only have time to check out one of your songs, which would you recommend, and why?
Listen to DEAF, it’s my highlight off the album because I wrote that in the space of a few hours and I still feel incredibly connected to it.
Is there anything else we should know?
I’m already in the studio for the next project to hopefully come out this year. It’ll be called The Flower That Followed. Thank you again for having me.
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