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Meet Veronika Vesper, Giving A Darker Edge To Cyber-Pop
Her debut single ‘Suffocate’ is out now
Hailing from the former Czechoslovakia, Veronika Vesper came from a classical background before evolving into the alternative punk image you see today. Her story was not always pretty, as she suffered from serious kidney issues and battled with addiction during her adolescence.
Determined to turn her negatives into positives, Veronika strives to inspire her fans by exposing not only her tough, edgy side, but also her softer vulnerability in her music. She believes that it is paramount to embrace who you are and not to let your experiences deter you from following your dreams.
Music served as a therapeutic outlet for Veronika, resulting in the dark subject areas, otherworldly electronic tones, pop melodies and drum and bass influences. Fashion was also another way she expressed her creativity growing up, drawing costume designs as a child.
Neon Nettle sat down with Veronika Vesper to better understand the inspiration behind her songs, how it felt growing up in such a musical household and the lessons she learned from overcoming her personal demons.
NN: How would you describe your sound and image for those new to your music? What genre would you classify yourself as?
VV: Electronic epic space-pop with rave elements and symphonic overtones. Genre is electronic alternative pop. My image is futuristic alternative punk with hints of fetish references.
NN: What inspires you about cyberspace and that otherworldly sound?
VV: It’s full of infinite possibilities and I feel a strong connection to it. [In] regards [to] sound I like to transport the listeners to a different world, surround them with all the sounds, which create a platform for them to take off wherever they please.
NN: Your debut single, ‘Suffocate’, carries powerful messages of courage and determination to break free from whatever constricts you. After overcoming so many personal struggles, what do you feel still holds you back now?
VV: I’d love to say nothing, but I still have some insecurities and fears. And sometimes [my] physical body gets in the way, for example when you want to teleport yourself 😉
NN: Coming from a family of classical musicians, did you feel a lot of pressure to be musically inclined and interested in that genre of music growing up?
VV: When I was a kid, I didn’t have any other music genres around me apart from jazz and swing so that was easy. I was actually really into it. Later on came grunge, punk and metal and [in my] early teenage years I was blasting out hardcore techno in my parents’ house and that didn’t go down very well.
NN: Being classically trained and used to performing and playing instruments by the age of six, did you ever feel as though you were robbed of a carefree childhood?
VV: Not really, I always liked performing. And I was a very carefree child in general; nothing really bothered me or stressed me. Practicing was a bit annoying sometimes, obviously my parents had to push me into that a bit.
NN: You also enjoyed horse riding as a child and considered yourself a horse whisperer. Do you still feel that connection with animals now?
VV: I wouldn’t say I considered myself a horse whisperer, but I was working with horses that way using the methods of Monty Roberts and Pat Parelli. Yes, I love horses and miss them very much.
NN: ‘Suffocate’ was remixed by Tom Kills and Hectic, in the future who would your dream collaboration be with and why?
VV: I’d love to hear some remixes from Gemini because I love his work and think he’s got great musical abilities, as well as an electronic music producer. In terms of producers, I’d love to work with Markus Dravs, because he’s incredibly amazing and versatile.
NN: What advice would you give to adolescents struggling with their self-worth and considering using drugs and alcohol as an escape?
VV: These substances are not an escape and will make the situation even worse. Mainly because all chemical drugs mess up your natural ability to produce serotonin, which is the so-called “happy hormone”. What drugs do is basically take your happiness “stash” for a week and condense it into a few hours or a day, depending on what are you taking. Then you have to pay the price later with depression. The more often you take it the worse it gets and also can lead to heavy paranoia. Also, it’s obviously not great for your health and it can permanently damage your brain and ability to focus; or trigger a psychosis, even though you were completely fine before.
All insecurities come from our mind and our beliefs about ourselves and the world; so it’s better to look them in the eye and see where they come from, wish those who [have] passed that concept onto us loads of happiness and realise that we don’t need them (the limiting beliefs). We are all beautiful beings with unlimited potential and our mind is the most powerful tool for happiness (lasting and more powerful then [the feeling] caused by drugs). We just have to recognise it.
NN: With such a tumultuous start in life, what with your near death experience and struggles with addiction; what motivated you to get through it and stay focused on achieving your dreams?
VV: Knowing where I don’t want to be and wanting to escape. Another [motivation] is that I want to be beneficial to people and enrich and help this earth as much as possible during my lifetime.
NN: With such a striking image, it’s no surprise that you’ve dabbled in modelling and fashion. What can we expect from your space-themed clothing line?
VV: Neoprene jet packs, special gravity-plus platforms and teleportable haute couture with a built-in Jedi navigation system. I’m not planning to launch one just yet.
NN: What inspires you about David Bowie and Bjork’s sense of style and their combination of music and fashion over the years?
VV: Both of them breaking concepts and limits of what is perceived as fashion and the way it compliments their music.
NN: How important is individuality?
VV: To me that’s everything and nothing.
NN: What can we expect from your upcoming debut album?
VV: A journey from dark to light, my story loosely portrayed; epic cinematic production, with a few surprises on the way. An experience.
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