We had the good fortune of connecting with Aidan Vass and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Aidan, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
I’ve always been very fascinated by the epilogue to Ovid’s Metamorphoses. He claims proudly in the concluding sentences, “Wherever the might of Rome extends in the lands she has conquered, the people shall read and recite my words. Throughout all ages, if poets have vision to prophesy truth, I shall live in my fame”. This is a remarkably proud statement– with a slight hint of arrogance, I will say. However, I think it serves as a great reminder to people who create art: it’s very important to always consider the legacy you are leaving behind when you add to a body of work. While you could say Ovid is being prideful, he does a good job at acknowledging that the work you create will live on past you, and once it does, it’s out of your control. This is why I make sure that when I’m writing a new piece of music, the piece is true to myself and who I want to be represented as, and nothing else.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Something I learned throughout my development as an artist is to not base your expectations on a set outcome. This said, my art is the product of continuous evolution. I think it’s important to have this open mind when you, as an artist, are presented with obstacles to your artistic practice, the best option is to evolve to best get around them. The pandemic remains the most obvious yet most applicable example of this. We saw so many performing arts institutions around the world trying to adapt their shows to digital mediums. Some were more prepared and were able to spontaneously jump into this media, and others struggled to break out of their traditional format. The pandemic forced me to jump from live performance-based music to more digitized content curation, which I was frankly quite excited about. I loved the new initiative.

This adaptation mindset also applies to hopping onto opportunities, not just dodging obstacles. When I was younger, I skipped out on so many opportunities simply because they were not part of an exact, specific vision I had of myself. The reality is, from my experience, the visions almost always change. To this point, much of my work as a composer in the last year has revolved around choral music. This is not something I expected myself to be doing just a few years back. Looking forward, if you were to ask me what I think the core of my musical/artistic practice will be in 10 years, I would have zero clue. I just know I will be creating music and fulfilling myself as an artist no matter what.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’ll avoid being too particular in setting an itinerary, but I’ll list some cool things. Grand Central Market is a favorite spot of mine. There’s a great coffee spot right at the entrance that my good friend and I always go to for an afternoon espresso, called G&B Coffee (a chain in LA, but this spot is particularly cool). I would also highly recommend catching a concert at either the LA Opera or LA Phil just a few blocks away from Grand Central. The performances are stunning and the architecture is beyond inspiring. Right next door is the Broad Museum, which has one of my favorite public art collections in Los Angeles. My last recommendation would probably have to be the Farmer’s Market, right next to the Grove. It’s a classic spot but holds up its reputation.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My parents deserve all of the recognition I can offer for their support for my art and career throughout my whole life. I could go on and on listing everything they did to propel my musical career, from driving me to all of my lessons, helping me get connected with mentors and so on, but that would take up the duration of this interview. My mom in particular, having a background as a classical singer, has directly influenced my development as a composer. She has inspired me with her musical passion and shaped the way I approach my craft. My parents are and have always been my biggest fans, and to say that I wouldn’t be the person I am without them is an extreme understatement.

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Image Credits
Katie Moos

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