Vana Liya + Peter Dante: An Interview with The Unlikely Duo We Didn’t Know We Needed | PART IV

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This is Part IV in a four-part series. View Part I, II & III.


Byline: Allie Adams

IN A BIZARRE TWIST OF FATE, LAST WEEK I WAS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO INTERVIEW PETER DANTE, THE SUPREME REIGNING COOL DUDE FROM SOME OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE MOVIES (GRANDMA’S BOY & HAPPY MADISON PRODUCTIONS) AND THE OTHER HALF OF VANA LIYA’S NEW SONG “GIVE LOVE, GET LOVE”.

the two make a seemingly unlikely pair, that is, until you actually talk to them both at the same time and realize they are basically just bff’s in the seventh grade: constant roasting, tons of inside jokes and non-stop laughter. plus, their bouncy, kid-friendly bop features wholesome lyrics and a sweet, playful melody that is just plain adorable.


*this interview is continued from yesterday’s Part III

PD: Hey, Allie, I gotta get this on Marley’s podcast [blog] at least, because these jackrabbits were―oh, no soundcheck because they were how late?! I got to know that girl and her dad REALLY well as she asked me poignant questions about the movies and what it was like to be the gay guy kissing my friend. So I’m ~always~ happy when my friends are late for soundcheck and I get grilled by a nine year old.

VL: Yo, she’s a dope nine year old

PD: Nah, she is. She’s chill

[all laugh hysterically]

PD: Well, let me tell you. I work with a guy named Adam Sandler and I was there at 3:15 for a 4:20 soundcheck … I hate soundchecks. I want them to be quick, make sure we sound good. If we know the guy we buy him a beer afterward or whatever; give him some weed before and say, “don’t smoke it til after” unless it enhances your shit, you know. Because some people―

So yeah. No sound guy, no sound check.

VL: Yeah we show up and there’s no sound guy.

PD: I could have brought one

VL: ―it was horrible

PD: So you know what? The best part of that? What Junior keeps pointing out, Allie? Is that our live performances can only go up from here, Dad.

VL: Oh yeah, I call him my dad sometimes.

PD: It’s easier to keep the dudes away

AA: It’s a term of endearment

VL: It’s funny, we kept saying that and a lot of people at the show really actually thought we were related because he’s so brown

AA: I mean, it’s not the weirdest thing I’ve ever heard

PD: Allie, our first EP should be called “Father/Daughter”

VL: Oh my god, Allie, He gets up on stage and he’s like, “yeah our relationship is really good, it’s like a father/son dynamic―”

PD: YEAH, CAUSE I HAVE TWO SONS, YOU ASS

VL: Yeah, but I’m a daughter

PD: I know you are. You are so fuckin’ funny. She goes, “yeah, but, I’m like your daughter, I’m a girl”. I’m like, “oh my god”; the crowd laughed like we were already a comedy act

AA: I mean, you kind of are

PD: We’re sort of like Carol Burnett, yeah, I know. I like it

VL: Dude, Johnny and the sound engineer at the studio they were both looking at each other―cause me and him [Dante] were bantering back and forth like there’s no tomorrow―and they were both like, “get me out of here now!”

PD: Oh dude, the guy that records my son, Lucas, who raps; the next time I’m in there with my son he goes, “how long have you known that girl?”

and I go, “well, that was day two”

He’s like, “you guys seem like… like you grew up together”

I go, “well, first of all she’s like 14 and I’m 50 so―”

VL: Shut up! [laughs] … I think the best part about our dynamic, and the most important thing about our dynamic is―you know, I think a lot of people make assumptions about how we know each other and stuff like that. And for me, that’s not even my first thought. The thing I like about us is: we show two opposite sides of the spectrum and how it’s just about the love and that’s what it comes down to at the end of the day. It’s two people who have a lot of love in their hearts and we’re making music to, hopefully, make everybody else feel that way too

PD: How ‘bout this, Allie? We wrote that song because we know we are capable of doing it together WAY better than we can alone … but it’s funny because of course I brought a huge lemon off of my lemon tree in my front yard with honey and chamomile tea for her, and that’s the first thing we did in the green room and that’s the type of shit you do. You’re supposed to be a consummate professional AT YOUR JOB first. And then, have fun the whole fucking time you do it.

AA: For sure, I agree with that. So Vana, was that night indicative of the entire tour? Has is been rough the whole time?

VL: Um, a little bit, but at the same time like―I knew the California shows were going to be good, so I was a little nervous about the shows going TO California, because those were really just like acoustic shows. But the turn out was really good and what’s really surprising me is that I think I’m pulling a lot more people just on my own that I thought I would be. Because to be honest with you right now, I’m just kind of focusing on myself, everybody else can do whatever they want but I’m really focused on me and what image I’m trying to portray. So I’m not really looking in other lanes and I’m just trying to make sure I come off as best as I can. I take it seriously, I don’t drink or smoke at shows because I want to make sure my voice sounds good. You’re paying ten dollars to come see me and I want to make sure that $10 is worth it.

PD: And you hold a high regard for all the kids that come to see you and love you <3

*Visit reggaeandchill.com Sunday at 4:20pm for a bonus (it’s just the last bit I couldn’t/didn’t want to cram in here)

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