Based out of San Diego, California is a musician with an eclectic sound to be reckoned with. Erik Visnyak participated in many bands before settling on his newest solo project under the name Viz///e. On his latest single “All Alone”, Viz///e creates an alternate world, one in which the listener is instantly transported into world of vibrant electro-beats elevated by atmospheric vocals. With the help of singer Audrey Bankhead and producer Kieth Milgaten, “All Alone” develops into indie-pop gold!
After listening to the single I had so many questions. “Who is this guy? Where can I find more music like this?” Luckily, I got a chance to talk with Erik about his music and his future projects.
‘All Alone’ has a very eclectic sound. It seems like you pulled traits from many different genres. Where do you find your inspiration?
I pull inspiration from life experiences, watching films, politics and of course listening to other musical artists. I really enjoy an array of genres from pop to metal to electronic and those elements creep their way into the music. My friend Paul Foreman, has a wonderful project called The Warmth in Chicago that is so dynamic, experimental and inspirational. I was introduced to a bedroom project from Shane Reed called Cosmo Speedway which has an incredible, intelligent, and richly produced album that you can just fall into. The Championship out of Milwaukee have such a talent for writing amazing southern rock songs with excellent insightful lyrics. These are just a few of the many talented artists out there that I draw inspiration from.
Tell me about more ‘All Alone’…
All Alone was produced by Keith Milgaten out of Brooklyn New York. He used to live in San Diego and is one of the most talented musicians I’ve worked with. All Alone was the first track we worked on for viz///e and it’s been so amazing to just watch him work on a song. I learned so much just from observing him really polish and punch up the music. He’s one hell of a producer and I’m really glad I get to work with him. He’s also an extremely talented DJ called Keith Sweaty. His SoundCloud page is frequently updated with endless remixes and mixtapes that are top notch.
Audrey Bankhead supplied the additional vocals on the song and she is an amazing vocalist. She actually performs vocals on 9 of the 11 tracks on the LP and is truly one of the core contributing members on viz///e. Both Audrey and Keith have been so instrumental in really elevating the songs across the viz///e record.
The song revolves around the subject of loneliness and how one might deal with the pressures of prolonged isolation. But I really want listeners to take their own interpretations of the lyrics and relate them to their own experiences.
What inspired “All Alone”?
I was living in a part of North Virginia back in 2003 for a couple years and at first I really didn’t know many people or have any family in the area. It was pretty hard at first going from a comfortable environment where you know many friends to somewhere completely new with zero people to connect with. It forced me to appreciate being by myself. I finally met some amazing people in Virginia/Washington D.C. that are still family to me but those experiences really helped me grow as a person and I think I’d be a completely different person if I didn’t have those experiences in my life.
Viz///e’s self titled album, “Viz///e” is now available on CD Baby, Itunes, Amazon. His plans for the profits speak to the humanist in all of us. “I’m donating half of the proceeds to two very important charities: Doctors Without Borders and World Wildlife Fund,” says Erik. “I’m hoping I can connect with people through music but also contribute positively to the world that we live in.”