Exclusive Interview with Zoe Boekbinder

Posted on 14 March 2011 by lreed

I understand this is your solo album, does this mean that Vermillion Lies broke up?
The band is on an indefinite hiatus. We are both focused on our solo projects and super excited to be doing music independently. I hope for a reunion tour someday though.

How does your music differ from Vermillion Lies?
Vastly. Vermillion Lies was part music and part cabaret. Some of our songs were genuine and many were story songs unrelated to our own lives and experiences. A lot of the songwriting was focused on comedic effect and shock value. While in Vermillion Lies I was writing a lot of the songs I play now and they didn’t quite work with the band. They were too honest. My sister and I both wanted to go in the direction of more sincere music making but its hard to change once people expect a certain thing from you. My songs are super vulnerable for me to perform. I still put a lot into my performance but in a different way… a more vulnerable and less theatrical way.

Your music is very unique if you had to put it in a genre what would you put it in?
Geek glam. Music for people who wear sequins to the library.

Who or what inspires your music?
Despite my best efforts, most of my songs are about heartbreak or heartache. Relationships are my inspiration. I don’t necessarily or exclusively mean romantic relationships. I have written many songs about friends or members of my family. They end up all sounding like love songs… which they are… just not the kind people might assume they are.

If you had a chance to work with any artist who would it be and why?
My goodness… that’s a super hard question to answer. I’m not sure I could pick just one. Andrew Bird is on the top of the list. He is incredible. Mosdef is in there. Johnny Cash if he were alive. Jona Bechtolt of YACHT and The Blow, he makes such amazing beats.

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1 Comments For This Post

  1. Misty Says:

    I really like her folky sound, she sounds quarky and fun! I’ve been a fan of VL but I didn’t know she had her own solo thing going on. I am sad to see VL break up but I am glad to see she is doing well! I hope she does well and makes lots of music! Her music brings a smile to my face : )

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