Vince Chinaski – Never Painted Black [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Organic, poignant, cinematic

Tell us a few things about your new work “Never Painted Black”. What is the main idea behind it?

Ultimately the song is about finding truth and beauty in accepting the simplicity of existence and rolling with the flow of things just like children do.
It started as an improvised lullaby for my sleepless boy who struggled terribly into the night and yet joyfully relished every single moment of the day; all the little discoveries, every new feeling. Life being awe-inspiring just like that; no need for all the constructs that come later on when we harden.
During those endless baby-walking nights, having no soothing aid to spare but my voice, I couldn’t use my hands to jot down lyrics so I would croon the melody over and over in the dark. Night after night, ideas came and went, and the song evolved spontaneously.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

I reckon all my lyrics are. I mainly write about existential themes filtered through my personal experience, feelings and political views. I always strive for authenticity. No gimmicks here.

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

I’d say all of them but definitely classics like David Crosby, Stephen Stills, The Band, Joe Strummer, R.L. Burnside, Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles

What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an artist so far?

well, the struggle is real for a lot of us and there’s a lot of dirt in the world but somehow I always manage to turn it around in my head and have a laugh about it.

Which book should we read while listening to your music?

that’s a hard one… maybe “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” by Milan Kundera on weekends and “The Monkey Wrench Gang” by Edward Abbey on weekdays

You’d give up making music for…

here we’re getting into life and death territory…

Thank you!

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