Vana Blu

FRESH: ‘Cloud 9’ – Vana Blu

Vana Blu is on “Cloud 9”

Vana Blu, who we brought to you earlier this year with his track “Scarred“, has just released his new track and a quirky video for “Cloud 9”. “Cloud 9” was recorded between Peckham, London with Fred Lessore and with Peter Lyons in New Cross, London. Fred was the co-composer and lyricist and Peter was the producer for the final track which kept some of Fred’s original demo.

Vana tells us the “The concept of the track came from when I had started dating someone and was feeling super excited and happy, nearly at ‘Cloud 9’! However when we returned to the track it had all come crashing down so we had to flip the switch to not quite making it to ‘Cloud 9’, made it all a bit more fun though. I spoke with Fred of Bjork and Robyn as styles and always admired George Michael’s vocal approach to pop music. When we went to finish the track in the studio I also spoke of 90s dance music and so added the housemusic element”.

Vana adds: “The song is a tongue in cheek pop song about not quite making it to ‘Cloud 9’ in the dating world over and over again, but beingable to brush it off and start again. It was a very very hot day in Peckham when we made the demo and you can almost hear the kids playing outside on this, but I remember when I finished the vocals, the rain was pouring and was a very different day. Almost a reflection of the song!”.

Vana states that obviously the more eye-catching this is the better. With “Cloud 9” Vana Blu is taking a honest but tongue in cheek take of his dating life in London and stylistically has revisited his 90s music childhood to do so and keep it light. All from the man who nce dressed as a robot eating crisps at a bus station for a ‘Walkers’ TV commercial! Keep em coming Vana and keep a munchin!!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!