Come Around by Vastye
Come here and listen to Vastye’s debut album, Come Around. In this Tuesday Treat Q&A, Cami Stinson discusses her music, the calibrations for the album, her favorite Bright Lights in Oklahoma, being a foster child, and more.
How do you describe yourself and your music?
I’m honest, and I’d say my music is as well. I’m passionate about life and sharing music with the world. My music is very strongly based in the harmony parts that could be sung around the melodies- and I think that says a lot about how I try to live my life. I’m honestly mainly concerned with harmony with other people, animals, and the world. And in music, I’m most drawn to whatever harmony parts we can add!
What pushed you to share your music with the world?
I love that music has power to connect people, and that it gives them an escape or something to relate to during difficult times. I love having the ability to make someone’s day better with music.
Use only seven words to describe your album, Come Around.
Harmony, Truth, Encouragement, Strength, Real, Fun, Danceable
What was the greatest challenge you had when making the EP album?
Knowing how to best create each song from scratch. These are all original songs, and there are a million ways to produce/sing/play each part. Trying to figure out what approach would best represent each song.
Let’s talk about your calibrations for this project, like why them, and what did you learn from each of them?
Everyone on this album was picked because Matt Stansberry (my producer) and I thought their specific style of playing and ideas would best fit the overall vibe of the project. Most of them were already friends, and of course, now they all are. But we tried to think of who would best perform their parts to contribute to the overall sound we were going for.
What’s the story behind the song, “Bring Me a Home for Christmas,” and how did it come about?
[pullquote-right]”I’m hoping this song tugs at people’s heart strings and makes them consider adopting/fostering or donating to organizations that care for those children.”[/pullquote-right]The song is written to raise awareness for children in foster care. I was adopted from foster care, as was my brother. I believe there’s such a negative viewpoint on children that are in foster care. That they’re somehow “less than.” That they come from bad homes so they’ll be higher risk adopted kids. When the research simply does not back that up. My brother and I are both successful people because we were adopted and raised by loving parents who nurtured our talents. I’m hoping this song tugs at people’s heart strings and makes them consider adopting/fostering or donating to organizations that care for those children. Honestly, I feel like the best thing you could possibly do for society and the world is to adopt a child. Oklahoma has thousands of children in need of homes. I tried to write this song from the perspective of a child in foster care. I hope I did them justice. If ONE kid in Oklahoma gets adopted because of this song, I’d be happy with my music care from now until I die.
What’s something positive you try to keep in mind when negativity surrounds you?
I generally have a very positive outlook on life. From childhood, I’ve always tried to direct my thinking to whatever positive thing is happening despite how bad things are in the moment. I always feel happy as long as my relationships are in order. So little things can’t stress me out that much. I just focus on the people I love.
What are some of your favorite places to perform or listen to live music in Oklahoma?
The ACM@UCO Performance Lab, the Criterion, Cain’s Ballroom. Any festival- we love festival vibes.
What else would you like people to know about yourself and your music?
I’m writing new music now, and I’m really excited about the direction it’s taking. I’m collaborating with some great musicians, producers, and writers.
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