I’ve never been on a tour or in a tour-bus before, but I’ve always had high expectations to what it’s like being on the road as a band. So when the manager of the young upcoming band Velvet Volume called me and asked if I wanted to join them on their way to Gimle Sound-Tjek it didn’t take long for me to say yes.
Velvet Volume includes the three girls Noa (Guitar, vocal), Naomi (Bas) and Nataja (Drums). Three young sisters, one from 9th grade and two twins from 1st year of high school and all from Aarhus. Three sisters who’ve never been taught any instruments nor listening to any children’s songs. That said, they were competing in a music competition at their school playing Jimmy Hendrix at the age of only 10, 12 and 12 years.
I’ve always loved road movies and thought of this article as a bit of a “road article”, where the reader has the possibility to experience the trip from Aarhus to Roskilde in a tour bus, the concert, and the long way back again.
On the road – Perfection is boring
Many people (including myself) have a mental picture of the tour life as an amazing party. My thoughts of life in the tour bus were something including a lot of beers, loud music and some sushi. And yes, there was a guitar jam session, and yes the atmosphere was cozy and relaxing but I have to admit that the time in the bus primarily is time waiting and waiting – perhaps have a haps dog, a nap and then some more waiting.
“Perfection is boring – and we have never been playing after notes, that’s not like us music is something that happens, notes are way to boring” – Naomi
But all the time waiting in the bus gave me an opportunity to have a little chat with the girls. Velvet Volume has been playing together since they were very young. The focus has never been on the perfection but much more on the fact that music is something that comes when you are playing.
Backstage, more waiting and the concert
If my expectations of the life as a rock star were shot down in the bus it went up again when I saw the backstage. It was an amazing room with Playstation, DVD, VHS (yeah, you heard me right – there actually was a big wall with VHS) there was couches, a football table, music system, chocolate, beer, soft drinks and last but not least chili con carne! As you may see I’m a bit of a rookie when it comes to backstage experiences, but for my untrained eyes it was an amazing backstage. Of course we heard music, we played football and we ate all of the chocolate and it was all very nice – but again it was a lot of waiting.
After all the waiting, time came and the girls from Velvet Volume went on stage. That exact moment i realized that all of the waiting was totally worth it. The girls were absolutely amazing. I wasn’t expecting that much quality from a band with so young members. When I earlier that day asked their manager if the girls was a bit like Baby in Vain she answered me: “I hate to compare the two bands, they play two very different kinds of rock music” And when I heard the girls live I understood why. At an age of 15, 17 and 17 respectively they’ve managed to break through with such a major sound. I can’t say an exact amount of expectations for these girls future, but that’s only due to the fact that I wasn’t a math-graduate and can’t count that large amounts!
It was a pleasure being on the road with Velvet Volume and their managers! Despite of all the time waiting it was a great experience to be the fly on the wall in the tour bus with the girls from Velvet Volume. Thanks!