QUICKIE OF THE WEEK: A short interview with Thomas Eide (Vivillain) May 2020

written by Marko Jakob

Pix666: Hello Thomas. The most important question right at the beginning. Are you well and are you healthy?

Thomas: We are all thankfully in good health at the moment.

Pix666: A few weeks ago your debut EP ‚Failures Fortune‘ was released. Did you originally want to go on tour with the songs? In which countries are your songs most often streamed by the fans?

Thomas: We had plans tour both nationally and internationally in order to promote the EP, and we had concerts booked both in Norway and Europe.
In regards to streaming, we see that our music has actually streamed in all kinds of corners of the world. It really makes us happy to see such a wide variety of people enjoying our music.

Pix666: You had a great live-streaming concert a few days ago. How were the fans’ reactions to the concert?

Thomas: The fans have been really great! We put a lot of effort into making that particular live-stream concert as high-quality as possible. Capturing that organic live feeling as if you are actually playing in front of a big physical crowd was essential to us as it was something we hadn’t seen a whole lot of other livestreams do. And I think our fans really felt refreshed getting musically kicked in the face through their favorite social media platform haha.

Pix666: Do you plan more concerts of this kind in the future?

Thomas: We can definitely see ourselves do similar things in the future, but we have set ourselves a high bar, so that one won’t happen until we can top this one. But I guarantee you when you get that livestream notification, you’re in for a ride!

Pix666: When will your next concerts with an audience take place, and do you think that these dates can be kept?

Thomas: As of right now it’s hard to say. We are monitoring the situation closely and we promise to put up shows as soon as possible. The itch to play live is getting stronger every day, but the most important thing is the safety for our fans and crew, and we absolutely can´t wait to see you all in concert again as soon as it is safe to do so!

Pix666: You are from Norway – what is the situation there in regard to the Corona crisis – what is the general mood in the country?

Thomas: We went into full lockdown shutting down schools, kindergartens and offices. Most people had to work from home and those who couldn’t had strict sanity rules they had to follow. Now it’s slowly getting better. We are starting to open up again and the government have set up emergency funds to save small businesses that have been struggling these months. It will be exciting to see how this situation pans out, but all in all I am hopeful that there might be light at the end of the tunnel.

Pix666: Do you believe that this crisis will change the behaviour of humanity in the future?

Thomas: The current crisis has forced a lot of peoples´ hands when it comes to changing the way we interact and communicate. I think a lot of the digital form of interaction with online conferences, video meetings, working from home etc is going to stick around even after the pandemic due to their efficiency and that we will see a mix of that and traditional ways of interaction going forward. Online/livestream concerts are sure to continue growing as well, no stadium in the world could fit the amount of people that an online stream can.

Pix666: What things, apart from being live on stage, do you miss the most at the moment?

Thomas: Definetly social activities. Not being able to going to the cinema or restaurants really suck. And partying being straight up outlawed has been particularly rough for me. I imagine as soon as we can all party again it’s gonna be a wild night haha

Pix666: Do you have any other news about Vivillain that you would like to share with the fans?

Thomas: We have a lot of cool stuff in the pipeline, we´re using this concertless time to make lots of very exiting new material. So stay tuned and make sure to be updated on our socials.

Pix666: Thank you very much for the interesting insights into your present life – Stay healthy!

Thomas: Thank you and to you as well!


photos © by Thomas Aarheim Nilsen, Bo Mathys and Vivillain