INTERVIEW: Vukovi (31/05/2016)

Scottish newcomers Vukovi are quickly turning heads with their catchy, inventive brand of rock and are ready to take the UK Summer festivals by storm. We grabbed frontwoman Janine Shilstone for a few words about their brand new video ‘Animal’, their influences, and what the future holds for them.

DP!: Hey guys! 2016 is going pretty well for you so far! What’s been the best part?
Janine: We took a massive risk in picking ‘Animal’ as our latest single and the response has totally exceeded our expectations, in particular BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac playing it 3 weeks in a row. I think that means she likes it? We also presented our own show on Scuzz TV which was a bit of an eye opener for us, not to mention being completely out of our comfort zones but we’ve gradually learned that tends to be the norm in this industry. Sucking it up seems to be the only option.

DP!: You’ve got Camden Rocks and Download Festival coming up soon, do you notice that these kind of festivals bring in many new fans? Do you get the opportunity to enjoy the rest of the bands or is just set up, play show, back in the van?
Janine: You tend to gain fans when you’re announced for these festivals as people can be curious and look you up. We have no idea what our turn out will be like but If it’s good they obviously liked what they’ve seen. It’s also our tour manager’s (tour dad) birthday during Camden Rocks so we’ll be making a day of it which is actually quite rare for us. We will also be making the most of Download, it would be criminal not to with that line up!

DP!: I’m really dizzy because I’ve just watched your excellent new video for ‘Animal’ – who came up with the concept? How long did that body make-up take to put on?
Janine: Hamish came up with the spinning concept but we had no idea how to make it work, that’s where Andy Mills came in. Him and his dad managed to fashion a device out of a fish tank motor that we mounted the camera on. You always find that a low budget boosts creativity! Our good friend Mindy applied all the body paint but we were limited to 30 minutes application to each body, she nailed it like a champion as you can see in the video.

DP!: Your debut album is scheduled for release this year – when can we expect it? How different is making a full length compared to the EPs you’ve put out previously?
Janine: Realistically the start of 2017, it’s been a long time coming but we know it won’t disappoint and we won’t keep u waiting as long for album number two. We’ve built a decent back catalogue over the years, and our main issue will be choosing which songs to cut from the album, which can be quite heart breaking!

DP!: Your music has become more experimental and seems to incorporate limitless different sounds, which bands you listen to have the biggest impact on your writing?
Janine: Combined we have pretty eclectic tastes in music, which I think contributes to our experimental sound. We’re inspired by the likes of Rage Against The Machine, Incubus, Funeral For A Friend, Battles, Florence Welch, Sia, Bjork. We’ve taken a liking to Bring Me The Horizon lately, love their innovation and all round production on their last album. They’re the band to beat right now in my eyes!

DP!: Last year you were out on the road with Scottish legends Gun, how did you enjoy playing with/to an older crowd?
Janine: It was definitely a challenge playing to a different demographic than we’re used to but it was a positive learning curve for us and we’ve learned to adapt our set for different crowds/occasions.

DP!: Which young Scottish bands will you be taking out on the road when you become international superstars?
Janine: We need to get there first, but if we do, it’ll be a band we see potential in who’s music is something we feel our fans would enjoy, and of course people we can have a laugh with! Tour can get very uncomfortable if you’re out with bands you don’t click with!

Vukovi are set to play the following UK dates:

JUNE 01 – LEEDS, Brudenell Games Room
JUNE 02 – BIRMINGHAM, The Sunflower Lounge
JUNE 03 – CHESTER, Live Rooms
JUNE 04 – LONDON, Camden Rocks Festival
JUNE 12 – DONINGTON, Download Festival
JUNE 25 – INVERNESS, Ironworks
JUNE 26 – ABERDEEN, Café Drummonds
JUNE 27 – DUNDEE, Buskers

You can keep up to date with the band online by following them on Facebook (here), and Twitter (here).

Interview by Mike Heath (@MikeBeef)