HiGHLiGHTS - VAJRA TAKEN FROM THE AUGUST 2017 iSSUE OF ROCKWiRED MAGAZiNE!!!
were finally able to catch up with PINNA over the phone as she was
visiting her parents in Upstate New York, away form the rigors of
running a band and booking shows. The relaxation seems well deserved
as the band's latest single THE MIRROR continues to perform well on
radio markets throughout the Country while the haunting music video
gives viewers a taste of the band's bewitching live performances.
seems like you guys are on tour after tour these days but it seems to
be coming together with the success of THE MIRROR on radio.
feels great! It's pretty awesome! The crazy ideas I've had in my
head, people are responding to in a good way. It's overwhelming and
it's tiring. It's like a train running at sixty miles an hour but I
wouldn't trade it for the world. This is what I do. This is what has
to happen. You've got to be all in and you've got to push from all
ends. It's been great. It's always great to see the country. I can be
myself. I feel that I can be at home where ever I am. I'm used to
different spaces and I like that. It's challenging to navigate
different subcultures. You start to shed your ego because you learn
more about yourself and why you do what you do. Financially, it's
really difficult. You can't work while you're on tour. We don't make
much money when we are on tour. We're barely covering our costs. It's
rough , but we do it. We know that we're building something.
are building something. You guys also have something that is
different from everything else out there in rock.
music is not straight ahead rock n roll so we try to create an
experience where we can connect with an audience in a deeper way.
It's not just about rocking out. You can rock out but we try to have
that other space where we can create. That is the thread that keeps
us going . It's also scary. Some people don't want to be in that
space. They think it's ridiculous. Maybe they're not used to it.
Maybe they're afraid of it. The experience we give on stage is more
introverted than extroverted and it taps into sacred feminine energy.
It's basic earth energy. It's key to evolution for us all. I really
Where does this stuff come from?
Dad was a monk. I was raised with this kind of stuff. Native
populations still hold onto this and it has resonated with me ever
since I was a kid. It makes more sense to me than all of this other
stuff going on. There is a lot of crazy stuff going on right now.
People are searching and scrounging . It's all about the dollar and
that is where people think that they should focus their energy. Maybe
not. How about this other thing? I feel like we're providing an
alternative insight into their perception . Maybe. Maybe not. Maybe
it's all rock n roll. And maybe I'm just a hot chick on stage. Or
maybe I'm an ugly chick. I don't know.
OUT THE ViDEO FOR THE MiRROR!!!
the success of THE MIRROR has to feel rewarding.
good to see that it's catching on. It's good to see that radio is
playing THE MIRROR and that fans and listeners are requesting it.
There is this fan who comes to our shows. She doesn't have much
financially but she loves VAJRA. She comes to ever VAJRA show.
handmade, under a full moon, these jewel trees for each one of us in
the band. They were packaged beautifully with our names on them. It
was so touching. She told us "You're shows mean so much to
me! I feel rejuvenated after a VAJRA show!" It's
beautiful. We've also got a fan who shaved VAJRA on her head. She
came to two shows on the last tour. The first show she came to
because she was curious and the second time, she wrote a card and
gave me some wine and said that we inspired her to pursue
she wanted to pursue but was afraid to. It's deeper than just being a
sonic experience. When I hear things like that, it really hits me.
single is supposed to be preceding a new EP IRKALLA.
still recording the EP. When we're on the road, very little happens.
We don't have a bus. We have a van and we all take turns driving. Not
a lot of writing happens on the road. We write when a tour is done.
When our tour with KRASHKARMA ended in April, we started going on all
of these mini tours. But with this upcoming release, everything is
coming form us from the music to the artwork. At the moment we have
very little time to focus on the mew music which kind of sucks
because that is the best part of all of this. I love the writing
process. We're still working on this one song but rhythmically
something needs to be adjusted. When it's ready we're going to head
into the studio and go. We're planning on finishing in September.
We're thinking of having a release by October or Early November.
was the inspiration for IRKALLA and the idea to make the next three
releases a trilogy?
is a Sumerian word for The Underworld. When we were talking
about doing an album with thought about either a full length, an EP
or some singles. I felt like we couldn't just release singles. Our
sound is so much more than that. We needed an album or an EP at least
that had something behind it. We want to give people something - a
story or a piece of art. We want the music to be a journey. An
experience. When you play an album like PLEROMA, its a journey. The
songs were placed in a certain manner with spaces in between the
songs. You put the music in and it takes you on a journey.
it's a singles society right now, doing an EP is more digestible than
an entire album and more affordable for us. An EP was the way to go,
but we had more music than that. I can't remember why we decided to
make it a trilogy. It had to do with the signs in my life and what
the muse was saying to me. It came through meditation. I feel that
musicians and artists are conduits. We get told what to do. The idea
of a trilogy connected tot eh power of three. You see it in
Catholicism and you see it in Buddhism. You have the THREE MUSKETEERS
and the THREE LITTLE PIGS. There is a lot of symbolism with the
is the rest of the band holding up?
main issue we're coming up against is touring. We live in New York
City and everybody has to pay the rent so to pick up and leave for
three weeks is almost impossible. People have come in and people come
out. We have had friends that have helped out and filled in. I'm
lucky that my guitarist has stuck with me and has believed in
what we're doing and wants to make it work. Same with my drummer. My
bassist came tot he realization that he can't do it. He had too many
other things that were important to him. We've got other people now
that are really gung ho and feeling it and that is where we are at.
I interviewed you a couple of years back, you told me that your
parents had trouble accepting your pursuit of rock n roll glory. Has
that stance changed at all?
parents come form an immigrant mentality. They aren't immigrants but
their parents were. They don't understand it fully. "You left a
job where you were making a very comfortable salary at a
well-respected place to do what?"They don't get it. "Why
would you do that?" It's hard to explain that. I don't think
that even I understood fully what that all meant until I started
doing it. When you sit in that space with music, it chooses you.
You're a servant to it. Everything in life revolves around that. It's
like a drug. But a good drug. My parents know that I have to
take it but they don't understand why. They ask me when I'm
going to go back to the life I had before and I tell them "Not
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