LAOPRESS: Give us a bit of Vanida back history?
VANIDA: I was born in Chiangrai, Thailand on July 12, 1979 but my
parents are from Laos. My family and I came to the U.S. A. in 1987. Yes, it was a big change but it was for the best "smile".
I always dream of becoming an artist, but I’ve never thought I'd made this far. Initially, I just want to have
an album for remembrance. I can at least look back and say "I have fulfilled my dream!"
I currently reside in Dallas, Texas. I am still attending school for medical coding and billing. But still try to manage some times to compose music for myself.
LAOPRESS: When did you first bitten by music bug?
VANIDA: If baby could talk inside the mother's womb, my mother would've heard me singing already "laughing". I'm just joking. Another word, I was born with the love of music.
LAOPRESS: When did you release your first CD?
VANIDA: My first CD released on Lao's New Year in 2001. To many, my album
seems new. Because they'd never heard of me. If it wasn't for ai Noy Sydanon, I don't think I'd posted here on your site. I like to take this opportunity to thank him and Ai Bounchanh from Wattay Production also. Thank you very much for you support.
LAOPRESS: How many albums have you released?
VANIDA: This is my first album and hopefully the next one will come out soon. I am not going to say when because I don't want to break the promise. I'll keep it as a surprise.
LAOPRESS: How would you describe the resulting sound of your latest CD? Type of music/sound/vision/.......
VANIDA: Not up to my satisfactory level yet, but I will try to do better on my next album. There's always room for improvements, right?
LAOPRESS: Was there something significant that happened in your life that you needed to write a song in your first album?
VANIDA: It's the thought of wanting to be different. I want to bring in something new and I want us to expose to something different other than same thing all the time. This is the kind
of music I love and I want to share this with everyone.
LAOPRESS: What is your favourite song in your new CD? Why?
VANIDA: My favourite song is song # 5
Beua. It makes people that I know cry when they listen to this song and It’s from personal experience I'm also touched by this song.
LAOPRESS: Musical influence or role models?
VANIDA: There are so many artists on my list that I really inspired and admired by their productions and personalities. To name a few: Thanh
Voradeth, Ketsana, Phone, Noy Sydanon, and more….
LAOPRESS: What do you use as inspiration for your songs?
VANIDA: All songs base on the reality of everyday live. The way we live our
lives. I believe that at one point in our lives all of us have experienced suffering and happiness.
is pretty much what my songs are all about. I was able to put a lot of feeling and emotions into the songs.
LAOPRESS: How happy have you been with the response to your last album?
VANIDA: Even though it's not really up to my expectation level yet. It's new to a lot of people. There are positive feed backs as well as
negatives. Which I think it's normal.
LAOPRESS: Do you ever get nervous when performing live or in front of large audience?
VANIDA: Yes, very nervous especially the first song. Thing would get smoother after second song or so.
LAOPRESS: Are you planning to go on tour soon?
VANIDA: In fact, yes, my next tour will be on November 1st in Montreal, Canada and the fallowing night November 2nd in Ontario, Canada as well.
LAOPRESS: What do you do for fun? Hobbies...?
VANIDA: I am trying to compose my own music on my free time, which I hardly have. I do listen to a lot of music, too.
LAOPRESS: Is being a star difficult?
VANIDA: Well......I'm not sure if I'm at that point yet. But I'm pretty sure that there are some difficulties going on.
LAOPRESS: Have you got what you want out of your music career?
VANIDA: Yet, it's too soon so to speak. If I can actually turn this into a career, which I hope I could, then no, I don't think I have yet.
LAOPRESS: Have people changed their tastes in music?
VANIDA: I really hope that some have. I don't know yet.... We'll have to wait and see.
LAOPRESS: Is there anything else that you would like to add?
VANIDA: I'd like to take this opportunity to thank
LaoPress for your support and for giving me the opportunity to be part of the group. I am very grateful.
I'd love to stay in music business and sing to the world for as long as I could, but that won't happen without the support from all of you "my fans".
I hope for my acceptance into your world. Thank you very much.
Best regards, Vanida