Miilkiina Artist Spotlight with VZLINE
A deep dive of her latest single, The Hill Beyond

It’s the most personal music that is the most transformative. For VZLINE, a.k.a. Eileen Vazquez the London and Dubai based music producer, intention guides her work. “I want people to dream just as I do,” she explains.

Born in Houston Texas, and of French and Turkish origin, the talent was raised in Dubai and has lived in London for over 5 years.

We caught up with the artist after her recent release of her latest single, The Hill Beyond, a dreamy hybrid track between classical, indie rock and ambient. Keep reading for more VZLINE, and listen to the track here

What was your inspiration behind your latest release, “The Hill Beyond”?

I had produced the intro (first 30-seconds) about 2 years ago when I was still living in London, and had never touched it until last month, when I had a sudden urge to complete it. The rest of the song just came to me. It was beautiful and relieving! I made this moodboard, a collage of images before I even made the song. 

What makes it different from your work? What makes it similar? 

Most of my music contains similar elements, instrumentally and structurally, which are usually very transitional and harmonic. I feel as though I’ve learnt that from growing up composing classical and jazz music, which I religiously apply to my music production process, and the way I approach it. 

Tell us when and how you fell in love with music.

I’ve been playing and composing on the piano since I was just 5 years old, when I was living in Paris. I come from a very musical family too – my father, a huge jazz fanatic, plays a few instruments including the clarinet, so he put me on the piano from a very young age. He was always blasting jazz and classical music whether we were at home or in the car, so I was surrounded by music 24/7. Classical and jazz were very prominent genres which I never fully understood or enjoyed as a kid, but eventually grew on me, which then turned into my obsession and passion.

What inspired the artwork?

I wanted the song to have a gloomy yet heaven-like vibe, as a way to embrace our inner-sadness/melancholia and beauty within it – melancholia is my second name! I love producing super cinematic and dreamy soundtrack-like pieces, as I’m getting more into film-scoring, soundscapes and ambient music. ‘The Hill Beyond’ is produced to mimic an eerie and cinematic walking scene through woods, which is expressed through the cover art (artwork by Orfeo Tagiuri). 

What do you hope people take away from this track?

I produce music that I would listen to, and in most cases, I love melancholic, eerie and dreamy tones/genres, which I wanted this song to feel like – I find those moods and elements to be extremely powerful and deep when it comes to music and taking people to different places mentally. I want people to dream just as I do.

How many revisions does it take until you feel ready to release a track? What does that feeling mean to you?

When it comes to producing music, it’s usually very spontaneous and ‘in the moment’, as I find it hard to make anything unless I feel inspired to do so – I could finish up an entire song in an hour, but the mixing/adding/cutting process is what usually takes me ages (could take me months, up to a year even) since I’m unfortunately a perfectionist, like many other artists. Unlike all my other songs, I make a conscious decision to finally finish ‘The Hill Beyond” (it was initially just a 30-second draft) and make it a proper structured song, which I usually never do. I really saw potential in it. 

What’s next for you?

I’m currently working on my first album, hoping to release it early 2022! 

Miilkiina Artist Spotlight with VZLINE
A deep dive of her latest single, The Hill Beyond

It’s the most personal music that is the most transformative. For VZLINE, a.k.a. Eileen Vazquez the London and Dubai based music producer, intention guides her work. “I want people to dream just as I do,” she explains.

Born in Houston Texas, and of French and Turkish origin, the talent was raised in Dubai and has lived in London for over 5 years.

We caught up with the artist after her recent release of her latest single, The Hill Beyond, a dreamy hybrid track between classical, indie rock and ambient. Keep reading for more VZLINE, and listen to the track here

What was your inspiration behind your latest release, “The Hill Beyond”?

I had produced the intro (first 30-seconds) about 2 years ago when I was still living in London, and had never touched it until last month, when I had a sudden urge to complete it. The rest of the song just came to me. It was beautiful and relieving! I made this moodboard, a collage of images before I even made the song. 

What makes it different from your work? What makes it similar? 

Most of my music contains similar elements, instrumentally and structurally, which are usually very transitional and harmonic. I feel as though I’ve learnt that from growing up composing classical and jazz music, which I religiously apply to my music production process, and the way I approach it. 

Tell us when and how you fell in love with music.

I’ve been playing and composing on the piano since I was just 5 years old, when I was living in Paris. I come from a very musical family too – my father, a huge jazz fanatic, plays a few instruments including the clarinet, so he put me on the piano from a very young age. He was always blasting jazz and classical music whether we were at home or in the car, so I was surrounded by music 24/7. Classical and jazz were very prominent genres which I never fully understood or enjoyed as a kid, but eventually grew on me, which then turned into my obsession and passion.

What inspired the artwork?

I wanted the song to have a gloomy yet heaven-like vibe, as a way to embrace our inner-sadness/melancholia and beauty within it – melancholia is my second name! I love producing super cinematic and dreamy soundtrack-like pieces, as I’m getting more into film-scoring, soundscapes and ambient music. ‘The Hill Beyond’ is produced to mimic an eerie and cinematic walking scene through woods, which is expressed through the cover art (artwork by Orfeo Tagiuri). 

What do you hope people take away from this track?

I produce music that I would listen to, and in most cases, I love melancholic, eerie and dreamy tones/genres, which I wanted this song to feel like – I find those moods and elements to be extremely powerful and deep when it comes to music and taking people to different places mentally. I want people to dream just as I do.

How many revisions does it take until you feel ready to release a track? What does that feeling mean to you?

When it comes to producing music, it’s usually very spontaneous and ‘in the moment’, as I find it hard to make anything unless I feel inspired to do so – I could finish up an entire song in an hour, but the mixing/adding/cutting process is what usually takes me ages (could take me months, up to a year even) since I’m unfortunately a perfectionist, like many other artists. Unlike all my other songs, I make a conscious decision to finally finish ‘The Hill Beyond” (it was initially just a 30-second draft) and make it a proper structured song, which I usually never do. I really saw potential in it. 

What’s next for you?

I’m currently working on my first album, hoping to release it early 2022! 

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