We had the good fortune of connecting with Trae Berry, Bassist for The Vinyl Suns, and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Trae, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking as a band
Risk taking has always been a valuable part to our success as a band.
Some of the best shows we have had the opportunity to play have come from us agreeing to shoot our shots and see what happens. In our eyes, failure means to stop trying. We know as a group that no risk will ever cause us to fail; only the lack of taking the risk will result in failure.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
We’re an indie rock band based in Atlanta. We started out in Athens during our college years and have found our place in dives, fraternity parties, seaside bars, and some historic stages in Atlanta and around the Southeast. Our music is our baby. Whether it is on the stage or in the studio we care deeply (almost too deeply) about what the sound we are going for is, and how it will be interpreted by our market and fans. Currently, we have our first full length album in the works. It has around 9 or 10 songs and will be released by the end of 2021. This our most ambitious project to date. All in all the creation of this album has proved to be a great lesson in a variety of topics. It has taught us lessons in patience, cooperation, and long term sustainability within the music industry. It has been almost 2 years in the making but we are now starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and we can’t describe how excited we are to share the final result with the world.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Atlanta has an incredibly rich and varied music scene, and (of course) that is our favorite part of the city. Smith’s Olde Bar has been so good to us over the last 5 years, they have consistently given us and countless other local musicians a spot to share our music, so we will always recommend people to go check out that spot any day of the week. Other favorite spots are Blind Willies for some good old blues, Venkman’s for a delicious dinner & authentic jazz improv combo, Aisle 5 if you feel like dancing to local rock bands, and Northside Tavern is a long time classic.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Ben Etter has been an amazing mentor to me and the band. He is really close with Ben Allen (Music Producer) and Maze studios. Ben’s attention to detail coupled with an unending work ethic proved to be a huge asset to us. He is the man behind the computer screen when we are recording and putting together our official tracks. Ben always has honest, down to earth opinions on how we can improve as a band across the board, and he is the one who helped us bring to life the songs that will be on The Vinyl Suns upcoming album.
Isa De Frutos (@givemeabrief) Still Scapes Photography (@stillscapes)