We had the good fortune of connecting with Vân Scott and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vân, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
As optimistic as I am, there’s a slight danger in saying that everyone should always keep going no matter what. Some people spend too long pursuing something that they just may not be cut out for. You have to know yourself. Beyond the desire and the determination to reach your goal, you should also be experiencing some kind of confirmation along the way. Our small successes are often the little bits of proof that we’re on the right path, and help add fuel to our fire. Another important thing to consider is whether you get fulfillment from your work. Those who are meant to keep going usually consider even the most infrequent joys of their job to far outweigh the many disappointments. But if you’re constantly finding life unrewarding or unfulfilling, then it may be time to give that something up and reconsider your trajectory.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
It’s an exciting time for me right now because I’m releasing my first full-length album, Almost Gone, this summer on July 23. It’s something I’ve always hoped to do, and I couldn’t be more proud to have actually done it! So far, I’ve released five singles and music videos from the album – my songs “Die Young” and “Poster Boy” are a couple of fan favorites. I even have a self-produced cover of “Rocketman” that has done really well, particularly in Scandinavia! Overall, this new record has a melancholic, yet hopeful tone to it. I’ve been through a lot of ups and downs the last few years (Covid included), but I’m still keeping my head up. This album is honest, emotional, and FUN, and I think a lot of listeners are going to enjoy it. If you like, you can Pre-Save the album here.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m always a sucker for going to the Griffith Observatory or the Getty Museum. The exhibits are great and the views are even better. West Hollywood has some great spots too. I love to go to Verve for some coffee, walk over to Gracias Madre for a delicious plant-based meal, and then pop over to the historic Troubadour for a show. And if I have a sweet tooth, Salt & Straw is right down the street. OR if I’m up for an extra drive, it’s hard to resist the cookie sandwiches at Diddy Riese. I’ve been a fan of those every since my high school prom, haha.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have to give a shoutout to one of my music mentors, Mike Elizondo. Mike is one of the most versatile, in-demand producer/songwriters in the game and yet, even with his insanely busy schedule, he would find the time to meet with me, listen to my latest music, and push me to make it better. It was under his wing that I reached the point of releasing my first few Vân Scott singles, and to have his support and encouragement these last few years has meant the world to me.
Other: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6yJ0GEh8MflnyDkVyR7V58?si=ach-ueQ9S1-8WKrvSnbrFQ&nd=1 Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/v%C3%A2n-scott/304157720 Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/vanscottmusic
Image credits are included in file names. All images are credited to Adam Griffin, with the exception of “rehearsal-vanscott_pc-Jessica-Susana.JPG” by Jessica Susana.