A Virtual Friend is an alternative pop outfit with various influences. It's a mix of analog and synthetic sounds, blending perfectly with electro acoustic rhythms to support the female lead vocals. Their lyrics explore the good and bad sides of human nature in an empathic way.
Hi there! We’re glad to have you on our blog! Could you briefly tell us about how you met and came up with the name “A Virtual Friend”?
We first wanted to build giant robots to rule the world. We came later to music because it also has a strong impact on human beings.
“A Virtual Friend” is the nickname of our first drum machine, the brain of our project. It sounded friendly and inspiring but also very demanding.
What are your main influences and where do you find inspiration when composing a track?
We really have a lot of influences like dub, blues, punk, pop/rock and of course electronic music. We usually start a new track with few chords. If Valérie (the singer) finds an inspiring melody, we continue working on the arrangement. We also ask our cats’ advice, they are musicologists.
A few weeks ago you released “Paris La Nuit“, which was listened more than 25.000 times and downloaded almost 20.000 times! How do you feel about the interest around your music on Jamendo?
We’re really happy and it’s really encouraging. Jamendo was the perfect choice.
You chose to share your music for free under Creative Commons licenses on Jamendo. Why did you make that decision?
For several reasons; firstly we have a geek side and we use open source software. It was a natural choice to use CC licenses for our music. Secondly it’s important for us that our tracks live on the internet. With Creative Commons licenses on Jamendo, people can listen to our songs, share them, remix them or use them in their videos. It’s amazing.
Some people in the music industry warned us we were betraying the old Gods. In fact the result is very positive.
With Creative Commons licenses on Jamendo, people can listen to our songs, share them, remix them or use them in their videos. It’s amazing
We can see on your social media pages that you’re performing a lot of live shows, radio shows and taking part in contests. Did it help grow the attention around the band?
Yes of course, several radio stations have included our song in their playlists. For example, we did live radio shows on starfrosch.ch
What’s next for A Virtual Friend, any plans for the future?
We’re very busy. We’re finishing our 2nd album and we’re preparing for our next concerts. We hope to tour in Japan next year - it’s a country we love.
And since it’s a tradition at Jamendo: is there a fun fact about you that your audience would be surprised to hear about?
Our drum machine left the band to join Jay-Z and his music streaming service. Now, he regrets it but it’s too late.