Highlight Read: VanLadyLove

January 5, 2015

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From left to right:
Steele Saldutti – Bass | Jordan Clark – Lead Guitar, Backup Vocals | Travis Van Hoff – Lead Vocals, Piano |
Caleb Loveless – Guitar, Mandolin, Synth | John Buckner – Drums

Circa 2011, the five-man band VanLadyLove set their gear and instruments in motion. And today, the Provo, UT band is emerging as both breakout artists and the band to look out for. We feel special to have these guys share details with us about their creative process, secret talents, what morning cereals describe their sound and which Hangover characters illustrate them best.

What was the recording process like for Love Matter?

We went into the studio and recorded all the tracks “live” at the Castle Recording Studio in Lindon Ut. We then worked with Israel Curtis at Soma Kat Studio on the mix, post production and mastering.

“We have learned to listen to each other even when we don’t agree or understand, we have learned sometimes that the creative process needs space and room to breath, it can’t be controlled. At some point the song gets to a spot where we all get excited about it, then we know it’s starting to find some magic.”

What are some creative differences that you guys hash out with each other?

There are a lot of differences and it’s part of what hopefully makes the music diverse and fresh. We come from very different backgrounds musically, we like different kinds of music. When we come together It’s one person pulling in one direction and someone else pull in another. The great part is we try not to pull downwards and we seem to be able to elevate the product by the end. We have learned to listen to each other even when we don’t agree or understand, we have learned sometimes that the creative process needs space and room to breath, it can’t be controlled. At some point the song gets to a spot where we all get excited about it, then we know it’s starting to find some magic.

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Who are some musicians you want to collaborate with?

This is probably more of an individual question because we probably all want to work with different people. Ultimately we are all pretty open to work with anyone, we like learning from different musical minds. I could potentially work with one of our idols and have a horrible time and then work with a “nobody” and find some magic. We would probably all like to collab with Alex da kid and I know some of us would like to work with Mike Einziger. I could see us working with some friends in Neon Trees or Imagine Dragon since we come from the same home town.

What is VanLadyLove working on now?

We are currently working on some new material and we are really excited about it. We plan to release some new songs in 2015 as well as some music videos. We are also currently working on some music for TV and Film. Additionally, the last 6 months have been really focused on building the right team of people around us to help take our product to the next level. That part is going really well and we are really excited about our team.

Describe your sound using cereal descriptions.

Well there is a lot of “Life” in the music, as well as a little Captain Crunch. It’s occasionally dark like Count Chocula, and a little Fruity Pebbles. It’s got (grape) nuts but finishes smooth like Cream of Wheat.

Let’s say you’re all in a Hangover (movie) scenario. Who is most likely to do the following: lose a tooth/ get lost/ get arrested/ marry a stripper/ forget everything that happened?

D. All of the Above.

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Personal icons:

Steele: Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Geddy Lee (Rush), Branden Campbell (Neon Trees), and John McVie (Fleetwood Mac).

Caleb: Sufjan Stevens, Damien Rice, Lisa Hannigan, Maynard Keenan, Mike Einziger, Brandon Boyd, Jonsi, Neil Young, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Elon Musk, Ray Kurzweil, and C. Terry Warner.

Travis: The Beatles, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Albert Einstein, Jesus Christ, my dad, Elon Musk, and Lewis & Clark.

John: John Bonham, Vinnie Colaiuta, Marco Minneman, Mike Mangini, Keith Carlock, Dave Grohl, Mark Cuban, Richard Branson and many many others!

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received from a fan?

Caleb: A message letting us know that Neverland had helped her daughter get through Chemotherapy and cancer.

Steele: A place to sleep.

Travis: A couple of our fans have tattoos of our lyrics. It’s incredible to know our music is touching peoples lives in a way that they want a permanent reminder.

John: Best thing for me is watching fans light up when they have clearly been having a rough day or life for that matter.

What’s your secret talent?

Steele: I love computers, database management, and programming. I know enough to get myself into trouble.

Caleb: I want to write sexual mastery… I’m going to go with “not applicable.”

Travis: I’m really good at memorizing phone numbers.

John: Patience.

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“We would probably all like to collab with Alex da kid and I know some of us would like to work with Mike Einziger. I could see us working with some friends in Neon Trees or Imagine Dragon since we come from the same home town.”

Favorite chill spot?

Steele: Rock Canyon in Provo, UT.

Caleb: My cabin in Wyoming.

Travis: being in the mountains somewhere.

John: At home in front of a good flick with my hot wife!

Favorite song lyric?

Steele: “Yes there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run, there’s still time to change the road you’re on.” – Stairway to Heaven, Led Zeppelin

Caleb: “I’ve been afraid of changin ‘cause I built my life around you.” – Landslide, Fleetwood Mac

Travis: “I never know how to say what I know how to write.” – Drowning a Shark

John: “Follow through, Make your dreams come true, Don’t give up the fight, You will be alright, ‘Cause there’s no one like you in the universe” – Invincible, Muse

What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?

Steele: Self mastery is key. Work a little harder, love a little harder, don’t be so selfish, and don’t worry so much. It all works out in the end if you’re living right.

Caleb: Get rid of fear, dogma and black and white thinking. Work hard, love harder, and travel often.

Travis: Be yourself, no sense in trying to be someone you’re not.

John: Don’t try and force it!

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By: Nicole Callender
Photos: Kaitlyn Van Hoff








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