Vacances Talks “Human”, Writing Process, and Upcoming Music

Katey Stoetzel

Vacances, also known as Danny Lannon, dropped a new single about a month ago, titled “Human.” The song is super chill but with some hidden depths to it as well. IMPOSE had a chance to talk to Vacances about the track and some up and coming music. Check out what he has to say, and take a listen to “Human” below.

What was your inspiration for “Human?”

Human was written about losing a friend at the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland. I was reminded how fragile life is and how a lot of things seem very trivial when you’re losing someone you care about. The song was driven by wanting people to remember that frailty and inspire people to think about how we’re all really the same inside and more people should really just care about each other.

How is “Human” different from any previous work or how is it the same?

Since I’ve shifted the band as a solo artist I tend to write with what I have available. In this instance I had a lot of synths in front of me so the song takes a more synthy feel due to that writing process. The songs on the previous ep had a lot more guitar and reverb to give it a bit more surfy sound. That hasn’t gone away but this song specifically just doesn’t have it.  

What sort of emotions were you hoping people to feel with this track? Do you think it was successful?

I guess it’s a pretty somber track overall. I feel like that’s communicated pretty well throughout the song. But I’d like people to also be able to make it their own and provide their own meaning.

The title, “Human,” gives the song a universal feel to it. It can pretty much be directed at any one of us since we are all human. Is that what you were going for, to sort of bring everyone listening to the same level?

I think with using a title like “Human” that was the intention. I wanted everyone to be able to find something to relate to in the song. I think overall it’s a reminder of how we’re all the same and most of us really just want the same things in life.  I think giving people the ability to all relate to something can prove to be very powerful through music. And I hope that was achieved.

Is “Human” apart of a larger project, like an EP or album? If so, how does it reflect what’s to come?

I have a lot more singles coming out throughout the rest of the summer and will be rolling it all into an ep in the fall. We have a wide range of different material from something a bit more pop to a little more rock n roll.  The idea is to release nonstop! So expect a lot of music.

What’s up next for you?

I have a few shows in the Bay Area coming up and NY. Additionally we have a ton of material to release and will be planning a tour for late summer/fall!

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What was your inspiration for “Human?”

“Human” was written about losing a friend at the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland. I was reminded how fragile life is and how a lot of things seem very trivial when you’re losing someone you care about. The song was driven by wanting people to remember that frailty and inspire people to think about how we’re all really the same inside and more people should really just care about each other.

How is “Human” different from any previous work or how is it the same?

Since I’ve shifted the band as a solo artist I tend to write with what I have available. In this instance I had a lot of synths in front of me so the song takes a more synthy feel due to that writing process. The songs on the previous EP had a lot more guitar and reverb to give it a bit more surfy sound. That hasn’t gone away but this song specifically just doesn’t have it.  

What sort of emotions were you hoping people to feel with this track? Do you think it was successful?

I guess it’s a pretty somber track overall. I feel like that’s communicated pretty well throughout the song. But I’d like people to also be able to make it their own and provide their own meaning.

The title, “Human,” gives the song a universal feel to it. It can pretty much be directed at any one of us since we are all human. Is that what you were going for, to sort of bring everyone listening to the same level?

I think with using a title like “Human” that was the intention. I wanted everyone to be able to find something to relate to in the song. I think overall it’s a reminder of how we’re all the same and most of us really just want the same things in life.  I think giving people the ability to all relate to something can prove to be very powerful through music. And I hope that was achieved.

Is “Human” apart of a larger project, like an EP or album? If so, how does it reflect what’s to come?

I have a lot more singles coming out throughout the rest of the summer and will be rolling it all into an ep in the fall. We have a wide range of different material from something a bit more pop to a little more rock n roll.  The idea is to release nonstop! So expect a lot of music.

What’s up next for you?

I have a few shows in the Bay Area coming up and NY. Additionally we have a ton of material to release and will be planning a tour for late summer/fall!

What was your inspiration for “Human?”

Human was written about losing a friend at the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland. I was reminded how fragile life is and how a lot of things seem very trivial when you’re losing someone you care about. The song was driven by wanting people to remember that frailty and inspire people to think about how we’re all really the same inside and more people should really just care about each other.

How is “Human” different from any previous work or how is it the same?

Since I’ve shifted the band as a solo artist I tend to write with what I have available. In this instance I had a lot of synths in front of me so the song takes a more synthy feel due to that writing process. The songs on the previous ep had a lot more guitar and reverb to give it a bit more surfy sound. That hasn’t gone away but this song specifically just doesn’t have it.  

What sort of emotions were you hoping people to feel with this track? Do you think it was successful?

I guess it’s a pretty somber track overall. I feel like that’s communicated pretty well throughout the song. But I’d like people to also be able to make it their own and provide their own meaning.

The title, “Human,” gives the song a universal feel to it. It can pretty much be directed at any one of us since we are all human. Is that what you were going for, to sort of bring everyone listening to the same level?

I think with using a title like “Human” that was the intention. I wanted everyone to be able to find something to relate to in the song. I think overall it’s a reminder of how we’re all the same and most of us really just want the same things in life.  I think giving people the ability to all relate to something can prove to be very powerful through music. And I hope that was achieved.

Is “Human” apart of a larger project, like an EP or album? If so, how does it reflect what’s to come?

I have a lot more singles coming out throughout the rest of the summer and will be rolling it all into an ep in the fall. We have a wide range of different material from something a bit more pop to a little more rock n roll.  The idea is to release nonstop! So expect a lot of music.

What’s up next for you?

I have a few shows in the Bay Area coming up and NY. Additionally we have a ton of material to release and will be planning a tour for late summer/fall!

Keep up with Vacances here.

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