I ran into Mike and Joe from Venetia Fair and talked about how things are going for them.
Mike: My name is Mike; I play bass in the Venetia Fair.
Joe: I’m Joe Brown; I play keys in the Venetia Fair.
Ang: So how’s the tour treating you guys so far?
Mike: Tough and awesome and hot and dirty.
Joe: Definitely been dirty. I’ve been wearing the same shirt for 32 days today.
Ang: Is it lucky perhaps?
Joe: No, more so that I have refused to acknowledge my body telling me that it needs to be washed and I’m ignoring any health signs more of a personal thing I have with myself.
Ang: So tell me, what makes your music so different and great?
Mike: A lot of people say our music has a burlesque kind of theme or a rag-timey feel. The music is very intense, but it’s also very catchy.
Joe: It’s definitely heavy and theatrical; cabaret-esque piano and waltzy parts that reminds you of a circus.
Ang: Where do you draw your influences from?
Joe: That’s an interesting question because none of us listen to the same thing. I know when we used to do interviews we would always take people who would compose scores from movies and stuff.
Mike: Like scores from Tim Burton films. Any weird stuff that grabs people’s attention.
Ang: Where are you from and how long have you been together as a band?
Mike: The band existed for about four years. We started touring two years ago and this is our first year playing Warped. It’s also the first time we’ve been on a tour that we’re playing everyday like a festival.
Ang: What can we expect to see from your live show?
Joe: Here’s what I tell people when they haven’t heard us: “I guarantee you our live show is the wildest set you’ve ever seen and we go crazier than any band. If I’m wrong and you can honestly tell me that there’s a band that goes crazier, then I’ll just stand there and you can punch me in the head as many times as you want. We pride ourselves on our live shows.
Ang: How does that crazy energy translate into the crowd? How do they respond?
Mike: Our fans are awesome. They’re the wildest people in the world, and we make sure they’re all wild too.
Ang: Would you describe your music as high energy and up tempo?
Mike and Joe: Yes!
Ang: What type of message are you trying to convey to your listeners?
Joe: Nothing matters. Life is a toilet, deal with it. Don’t be a baby, don’t let anything bother you.
Ang: What is your definition of a poser?
Joe: A lot of bands think that they want to be that band, so they’re posers. I don’t think that’s true. I think they just want to play music. A poser would be someone who’s pretending to be someone that they’re not.
Mike: I haven’t heard that term in a while. I think it changed to hipsters.
Joe: Poser used to have like a negative connotation to music in general. You could just call someone a poser and they’d be like ‘fuck.’ I feel like now it’s actually turned into the word it’s supposed to be.
Ang: What do we have to look forward to from Venetia Fair?
Joe: We’ve got a couple of things we just put out. A new EP, it’s called The Pits and we got it on iTunes, Amazon and on our Facebook. We just put out a music video for “A Man Like Me.” It’s on YouTube and all over the internet.
Mike: We’re also putting out a whole bunch of tour dates soon.