At the start of her first nationwide tour with PRINS, we caught up with pop artist VïKÆ at a coffee shop in Christchurch.
We chatted about her unique sound, sharing positive messages through music as well as her recent EP.
Check out the conversation below.
Thanks for catching up with us! Tell me a little bit about who you are and what you do?
Kia ora! My name is VïKÆ and I am an industrial pop artist from Auckland. I’m currently on my first nationwide tour, doing a double headline/ double EP release with a Christchurch boss lady PRINS.
The VïKÆ era started about a year ago on the 25th of September. Which a year later is the opening night of our tour haha. It’s been a real pleasure to work with other women such as Abigail Knudson, who is my producer. Everyone always says how wonderful it is to listen to songs. But there’s always a disconnect between the artist and what really happens behind the scenes. Every time I talk about my music I think it’s imperative to mention her name too. If it wasn’t for her VïKÆ wouldn’t exist, I’d have no music.
I’d like to say my music focuses on shining a light on mental health and physical limitations. I think there isn’t enough representation of that in the music industry, I mean when was the last time you saw someone in a wheelchair headlining a festival. I mean maybe! But that’s something I haven’t seen in New Zealand before. I think that needs to change, I think that can change through the music that we make and the message we are sending through that.
Can you tell me a little bit more about the EP you just put out?
So the EP is a collection of six songs, it’s a story. The EP starts with a song called ‘#fakefriends’ and it goes through the notions of addressing toxic friend groups and how those sorts of environments can make you sick. As in mentally with gaslighting and mental abuse. It goes through the notions of assuming you’re the problem but then realising they are actually the problem. It touches on things like drug addiction and alcoholism, which I think are so prevalent throughout the music scene, which is unfortunate. But that’s something I wanted to address, that in a society where drug use is increasing on a fast trend upwards, I just want people to know it’s not all fun and games and it can be dangerous.
But why not share that message with some dope saucy basslines and awesome lyrics and cool melodies.
You can stream VïKÆ’s ‘Finelines’ EP below.