Playing The Favourite – INTERVIEW – Virtue in Vain

Welcome to the feature where we talk to musicians about some of their favourite things about the industry. Today we speak to the band Virtue In Vain to find out their favourite things, be sure to check out their latest track The Whispers Of Sleep

What is your favourite:

Song you have written

Hywel: That’s a difficult one. I would have to say Marionette. I just love the song. For me it truly cemented what our sound was.

Emyr: Our song relapse


Hywel: ‘Burning Bridges Is Nothing When I’m Burning The City’ 

Emyr: ‘I Know there’s hope you just need to find it’


Hywel: Mike Hranica from The Devil Wears Prada 

Emyr: Sam Osbourne from Napoleon 

Film or television show 

Hywel: V for Vendetta 

Emyr: Line of Duty 

Venue to perform at:

Hywel: The Fleece in Bristol. It’s always an honor to play that venue. So many bands I love have played that stage and to be able to play the same stage is always an amazing experience. 

Emyr: Think Tank in Newcastle 

Item to take with you on tour

Hywel: Fresh pants and socks. Nothing beats it after a big show 

Emyr: Ipad 


Hywel: Guitar, a good riff can completely change your mood 

Emyr: Guitar 

Song to play live:

Hywel: Marionette, its a fast and heavy song and really sets the tone of our set 

Emyr: Marionette, The chorus riff is so bouncy

Album by another musician

Hywel: With Roots Above And Branches Below by The Devil Wears Prada

Emyr: Self titled by Avenged Sevenfold

Memory of tour

Hywel: Our tour with the band FRCTRD we had an ongoing joke of shouting ‘Poulet’ at each other. 

Era for music

Hywel: For me it was the 2010 era of Metalcore music, so many bands came out of the scene.

Emyr: Early 2000’s, all of the sickest music came out 

Part of making a record

Hywel: Being in the studio. It’s amazing to see the song come together and put on the final touches to a song. 

Emyr: Recording, I like the process of it 

Thing about performing at festivals:

Hywel: The energy of the crowd. The crowd makes a festival truly unique and amazing

Emyr: The Crowd, I love seeing people enjoy it 


Hywel: ‘My Heart Is Bruised but Never Broken’ 

Emyr: ‘I know there’s hope, you just need to find it’ – To The Wind

Thing about the music industry at the moment

Hywel: The amount of new artists coming onto the scene. So many amazing bands pushing the boundaries of music and it’s so inspiring 

Emyr: The Variety of bands on the scene at the moment. 

Thing about this year so far?

Hywel: The release of ‘The Whispers Of Sleep’. It was out first song back after the pandemic and the support has been amazing 

Emyr: The current holiday I am on in Canada


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