Allalom Productions (Allalom.com)
February 23, 2005
By Allalom Productions
Allalom Productions: Tony, I have to tell you how much of an honor this is, I grew up listening to your music and for the longest of time I couldn’t figure out what had happened to you… So how did you switch from the pop scene to stage acting?
Tony Vincent: Actually, I grew up acting along-side doing music. Theatre gave me a different arena in which to be able to sing as well as play rock’n’roll. In the process, I get to really enjoy acting and studying the craft.
AP: You are currently performing in We Will Rock You – how did that all come about?
TV: I was actually in London working on a project and got a call from the people that cast for the stage production of Rent. Because I had previously worked with them-and being that they had been hired to do the casting for WWRY, I was called to be seen for the role of Galileo.
AP: What is it like working in such a unique production?
TV: It was a great opportunity on many levels. It was cool to be working on a brand new stage production as well as to be able to work with some amazing writers and authors of some of the best songs in the pop / rock world.
AP: The show itself takes place in the future, when all original rock has been replaced by manufactured pop – do you see the current music industry in that state?
TV: I think that music is quite circular really. There have always been some form of what we call “Boy/Girl-bands” as well as straight-ahead rock acts. The difference now is that no one really knows what to do with the state of where music is technically. Home cd-burning and mp3s have changed the way music is exchanged and listened to. Until there is a definitive way of monitoring and controlling this, no one really knows what shoe will be next to fall.
AP: You have performed in both the British version (London’s West End) and in America (Las Vegas), where did the crowd seem to be more receptive?
TV: I don’t really understand the Vegas audience to be honest. Because this city is so tourist-driven there is no “fan-base” to invest in. Word-of-mouth can help, of course—but only to a certain extent. Its kind of like you’ve got to continually make people aware that your show is happening in this town; The competition for entertainment is strong. That being said, people who visit don’t want to spend 2-1/2 hours in a theatre auditorium. They are here to have fun. Sitting still for that length of time doesn’t really fall under that heading I don’t think for most of the visitors that this city draws.
AP: Do you have any specific show that stands out in your mind?
TV: Do you mean a certain performance of WWRY?
AP: Yes that, as well as any show of you as a musician…
TV: I think the most amazing performance I’ve been a part of was the Queen’s party at the palace (The Golden Jubilee). The Queen of England threw this huge concert in her garden with over 30 artists to celebrate 50 years on the throne. I had the opportunity to front QUEEN (the band) and sing Bohemian Rhapsody. This performance-along with thanking Sir Paul McCartney – One of the individuals who helped birth my love for rock’n’roll – will remain as one of the highlights of my career.
AP: So is theater your future? Or do you have plans to go back into the music industry?
TV: My heart will always be with music first and foremost. I have a couple things going on that front. That being said, I do have a desire to do film and TV work. So, Im really just trying to let God put me where he wants me to be.
AP: What does this upcoming year hold for you?
TV: I’ll be with WWRY Las Vegas until August at the moment, a few things are actually on the fire, but I will reserve mentioning them until they actually solidify.
AP: When you look back on your career, is there anything you would want to change?
TV: (Smiling) There are things that I would probably do a bit different. I think that that’s usually the case for most people when looking back at career and business choices. I wouldn’t, however, change the experiences and things I have learned as a result of those choices.
AP: The pop scene has changed radically since your last album – from synth heavy to a much more organic sound – how has that effected your own musical tastes?
TV: I’ve always been a lover of great melodies and great sounds. One thing that has changed is that I now write on guitar as well as piano – where as I mainly focused on the latter for my previous records. I think that I will always be drawn to darker and haunting soundscapes – but I’m much more concentrated on doing what I think a song calls for regarding production, not just what I would do from a keyboardist’s perspective. There are certain things that happen as you approach a song from a guitarists point of view – things become much more percussive just by the nature of the instrument and how it’s played. Piano tends to be more “fluid” in a way. Combining the two creates a sonic palate from which to draw inspiration from. Sometimes only one is necessary… but at least you have the additional colors in your arsenal if you need them.
AP: When can we hope to see a new record out?
TV: Hopefully sooner than later.
AP: Where do you see yourself, career-wise, in ten years?
TV: I’d like to be in a place where I can have a career and have a solid home-base to operate from. I would like to have a family as well. I have aspirations to act as well as do music and to have the opportunity to do both and still have that solid place to be grounded- one that is really rooted in love, trust and centered on God, that would be an amazing blessing.
AP: Do you have any words of advice for upcoming actors and musicians?
TV: Unless you can’t imagine yourself doing anything else, don’t look for a career in the entertainment industry. There are only so many opportunities and it is better to be able to continue to enjoy music or art on a less grand scale (either community theatre, teaching, etc) and avoid getting bitter or frustrated at the way this machine works– or doesn’t work. Music and expression through creativity are too precious and it’s easy to let this business cloud one’s perspective. That being said, if it is your passion, surround yourself with the best players, singers, actors you can and go to school on them and their talents. Watch and learn what makes them good at what they do. Try and find ways of refining your craft and getting better at what you love. Utilize opportunities that allow you to work - even if they are less prominent or desirable then you’d wish. Always try to push yourself a bit so you keep it fresh!
TV: The new Green Day. The final record from a UK band named Mansun. The latest from Tears for Fears. Ben Folds has a new record coming out as well that is great.
AP: Current favorite film?
TV: I recently saw “Sideways” (being a wine lover) and really dug it. I’m more of a fan of lower-budget films and I’m excited that this one has received so much press in the mainstream media.
AP: Favorite food dish?
TV: Humm… I don’t know if I have one favorite “dish” per se… that being said, it’s hard to beat a great steak or grilled salmon and a brilliant bottle of cabernet or zinfandel. I, too, enjoy cooking on my own. Food and wine are my second love next to rock’n’roll. If I’m not on stage or in the studio, you’ll most likely find me in the kitchen or at a nearby gourmet grocers! I’m still trying to figure out how to record the next record with a studio being set amongst wineries in Napa or Tuscany…
Thank you so much for your time; it has been a pleasure and an honor.