The Fighter | VENDULKA WICHTA

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Before we see Vendulka Wichta making her move and launching her first album this Sunday the 4th of December we wanted to take it back to the beginning, back to the roots of where she came from and why she is here. Vendulka, a singer song writer and well rounded creative within the Canberra industry inspires us in a way that pushes the boundaries of the everyday. She is determined, passionate, kind and wont take no for an answer, forever surpassing what is expected of her Vendulka is truly one of a kind.

From humble beginnings she always knew that music would be apart of her life it was something that she enjoyed. “Music is something I’ve had a passion for, well, since I can remember. I was always singing, even when I wasn’t very good at it. I would grab any performance opportunities that came my way; showcases, school concerts, competitions, musicals – you name it, I put my hand up.” She says.

This passion for music grew and once she was 12 she begged her father to drive her to an audition for Australias Got Talent. They did this drive twice and both with the same outcome “there’s always next year sweetie!” This is when Vendulka’s fire started and she was determined, stubborn and wasn’t going to let this deter her from her passion. She went home practiced, performed and a year later at 14 she went back for another shot but this time with X Factor. It was a hard plea to get her dad on to come for one last “crazy Audition” she managed and she made it onto X Factor and became¬†Australia’s sweetheart country-town 14 year old.

This is when her “friends and family realised that I didn’t see music as a phase, or a hobby, but a long term goal I was and am determined to pursue.”…

 

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Tell me your story after X Factor.

X factor came and went, and suddenly I was out on my own, with no idea what to do next. An Indie record label came and offered me a contract, and then it was to the studio to record and release whilst there was still some hype from my 5 minutes of fame. Whilst I am now very thankful for that experience and what it taught me, it just wasn’t what I envisioned for myself as an artist – so I left. Again, on my own with no idea what to do next.

Suddenly life got in the way, and at age 15 – I moved out of home. My dreams had been too big for Cooma, and there was a boy I was very much in love with in the Nation’s Capital. So Canberra was the next step. I supported myself through high school with lots of different jobs I could work into my schedule. Face painting for kids birthday parties, gigs on weekends, and a school based apprenticeship in business saw me through college with some vegetables for my mi goreng. My music had taken the back seat. Between college, jobs and a relationship, I barely had enough time to practice let alone create music.

The end of 2015 saw the end of my first love and the end of school – and saw the beginnings of many late nights partying, crying and writing songs. A year later, I have an album, a plethora of new friends and a one way ticket to Canada.

What is it about singing and performing that inspires you?

For me songwriting is an outlet, and singing and performing are the final steps to the process. I’m happy and bubbly most of the time, but that’s because I have somewhere to release the deeper emotions I experience. For me singing isn’t only about the creative process, but it’s also a challenge that I enjoy. I love working and pushing myself to get different tones out of my voice. Working to expand my vocal range and ability is something I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of. Performing is something I’ve always enjoyed, I’m pretty sure my parents have videos of me as a 4 year old getting up and singing at Carols by Candlelight. A video which I hope never sees the light of day.

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What was the process you took to begin creating your album ?

It all kind of just…happened. Josh from Abstract Studio had asked me to come in and work on a track with him a few months ago. Originally it was going to be a youtube video. When I heard the end result with full production, I fell in love and wanted to do more.

With my upcoming move to Canada, I thought it would be good to have a farewell gig. I then (strongly) suggested to Josh that it should be an album launch. Mind you – we didn’t have an EP yet, let alone an album!

Then we had to get the whip cracking. So much work goes into an album that you don’t even think about until you have to do it. Writing, recording, mixing, mastering, artwork and printing are all things that take time – and we managed to get it all done in the last week before submitting for print!

The final mix had to be submitted for mastering on a Friday by 5pm – and the last track was uploaded at 4:59pm.

What is this album about, what does it represent?

The album consists of 8 original tracks, written over the last 3 years. The songs on the first half of the album are songs I wrote when I was in love. The second half is pretty self explanatory. Essentially the album takes you on a journey of my emotions over the last 3 years.

 

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Tell me about the launch

I am so excited about the launch. It’s my second ever ticketed show, and it’s sold out! I decided to hold it at Smith’s Alternative to keep it intimate. I have the incredible Lucy Sugerman opening for me – which I just can’t wait for!

I have some amazing surprises for the people who managed to get tickets! I have some incredible creatives on board to collaborate with me, because us artists need to support each other, you know?

What does art mean to you and how do you apply this meaning to your music?

Art is what makes life interesting. It’s a means of self expression, a way of communicating emotion, and a way for an artist to share a message – and connect with an audience. I live and breathe that meaning in everything I do.

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