Brian and Olya Viglione express how their passion for music has succeeded both in their marriage and with Scarlet Sails.
Brian Viglione, former musician in Dresden Dolls and Violent Femmes, married to Olya, a Russian pianist/vocalist, are known as the rock band, Scarlet Sails. Scarlet Sails has released their new single, “Boy You’re Wrong,” off their new album, Future From The Past, due to drop April 10th. They tell us the meaning behind “Boy You’re Wrong” and how Scarlet Sails became. Brian and Olya express how Scarlet Sails is about taking that leap of faith, leaving that home land, or known quality that may seem like stability but how it doesn’t change who you are or what you are. To believe in yourself and believe in your dream. They express how it’s about going for your dream and taking the chance on the unknown.
Cheyanne: Introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about Scarlet Sails?
Brian: “My name is Brian Viglione and my wife is Olya. We met roughly four years ago. Olya had been in the country a few years and writing music, and I was just about to join the Violent Femmes. At that time was when Olya and I crossed paths and we realized that we shared a very similar and familiar profound dream with what we wanted to do with music. Within about six months we were in a studio working on songs and things just really took off after I left Violent Femmes in 2016. We were sorta loosely playing together but because I was touring a lot we didn’t really get to focus. However, we both looked at each other and made a commitment to the band at the turn of 2016 and haven’t looked back since.”
Cheyanne: This is more so for Olya but how has the transition from Russia to the states influenced you as a person and reflected in your music?
Olya: “The transition was very interesting and a cultural shock. It was all these different cultures and music in New York and it was really just an incredible experience. It definitely impacted my story by taking that leap of faith and staying and trying to make it happen with my music. It gave me a great foundation to write my stories.”
Cheyanne: Being married and both members of Scarlet Sails, how has the experience influenced and impacted your family as a whole?
Brian: “From the beginning when we met, I felt like I sensed something in Olya. Sometimes you just get a vibe or a feeling from a person and the more we got to know each other, I saw in Olya so many elements in myself and what I believed in. How it’s influenced our family, it definitely gives you a stronger sense of purpose when you’re linked up with someone who also has the courage to believe in themself and compliments what you do as well. I’m certainly no songwriter. I’m simply amazed and inspired when I see people who channel their life stories through work and music like that. I love to collaborate and help tell these stories. When you deeply connect with somebody with that artistic ability inside you, that drives you. When you find somebody that can share that, it’s the most incredible feeling ever.”
Cheyanne: For the two of you, what has been the biggest inspiration behind making your music?
Olya: “I just started writing music very naturally. I went to a classical music school so I learned a lot of classical music and from there I started writing music.”
Brian: “What no one really knows is Olya’s mom really wanted her to be a painter and she loved to paint.”
Olya: “When I write and play music, I think of colors a lot of the time. I translate the visual into my writing so it makes it unique in a way.”
Brian: “Of course you get that element too, like when you’re a kid at a concert and you’re part of the audience and you get that feeling you want to be a part of what’s creating that. That adrenaline rush, a way to connect with yourself as well as other people.”
Cheyanne: What is the meaning and purpose behind Scarlet Sails new single, “Boy You’re Wrong?”
Olya: “The song is about making love. Learning how to trust. Breaking out of your old patterns and trying to be as true to your inner self and trying to connect in the most way.”
Brian: “I remember Olya described it once as having the courage to make yourself vulnerable even though past experiences may have taught you how to stay guarded and not trust. However, really ultimately getting past being able to love somebody is being able to make yourself vulnerable and learning how to trust. Tear down the walls of protection that you can sometimes have but not even mean to.”
Cheyanne: If there was one thing you would like your fans to take away from your new album, Future From The Past, what would that be?
Brian: “Don’t be afraid to create the life that you want. In a sense, Future From The Past sorta means we’re now living in the time that we imagined or hoped we would live in for ourselves. We’re trying to create and manifest the life we dreamed of. This is the future that we dreamed of. It’s about the present moment. It’s an expression of saying this is the now we are talking about. All the dreams and desires you have, don’t be afraid to go for them. The world is meant for opportunities, growth, and expiration. Taking some risks and to not be afraid to put yourself out there. To not shoot your dreams down because other people may not understand or believe in them. You gotta believe in it first and foremost.”
Cheyanne: What would your advice be for your fans aspiring to go on the same musical path as the two of you have?
Brian: “First, think about what it really is that you want to do with music or arts. Realize that’s valid. The best thing that I’ve realized is having some clarity, really thinking about it, and envisioning all of the details about where you want to go and what this means. How do you want to see it? Don’t be afraid to truly acknowledge whatever it is. Identify where it is you want to go. Also, really access your resources. The best thing that can really help you along is taking a good look at all of the resources around you. Third, don’t be afraid to develop a good hard work ethic. Stay organized, keep away from all the other shit that’s gonna derail you. Stay clear of people that are going to drag you down. It takes a lot of hard work and discipline but everyone has to start somewhere.”
Cheyanne: Aside from the music, what is another hobby each of you enjoy doing when you get the time?
Brian: “Cooking! Cooking is one thing we love to do. Olya comes from a wonderful cooking background. She has a ton of delicious recipes.”
Scarlet Sails Tour Dates:
03/03 – The Cutting Room – Manhattan, NYC (Kickstater Launch & Olya’s Birthday Show!)
03/25 – BSP Kingston – Kingston, NY (w/Luis Mojica, Scott Helland)
04/28 – Pitney Pub – Galloway, NJ*
04/29 – Bowery Electric – Manhattan, NYC*
05/01 – Ottobar – Baltimore, MD*
05/02 – “1985” – Wilmington, DE*
05/03 – Roxy & Dukes – Dunellen, NJ*
05/04 – ONCE Ballroom – Somerville, MA*
05/05 – Geno’s Rock Club – Portland, ME*
05/06 – Blind Moose – Bloomfield, CT*
* – w/Radiator King