Keep Art Alive :: Photos by Isaac James
Keep Art Alive :: The 10 Questions Project :: Featuring Nyna Nelson and Trevor Tunison of Fort Vine
1. What music (or other art form) inspires you when you create your art?
Nyna: I like to draw inspiration from all sorts of genres of music and it’s something that constantly changes so that I never get bored and I am always learning. A lot of my tendencies for my vocal harmonies come from my Dad’s music that I listened to as a kid which includes bands like Styx, Supertramp, Rush, Queen, etc.
Trevor: The music I like to listen to while I draw and paint is definitely classical music. I love Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. and But some of the musicians that are in my current playlist are: Cloud Control, Half Moon Run, The Kooks, Fleet Foxes, Modest Mouse, Alt-J, Hippo Campus, Tame Impala, James Brown.
2. Long distance road trip: what three people do you invite along (fictional or non-fictional, dead or alive)?
Nyna: Trevor Tunison, Mahatma Ghandi and Joan d’Arc.
Trevor: I would invite Nyna Nelson, my better half, my brother Wesley Tunison, who is an actor and I love him to pieces and I would also bring Richard LaFleur, who has a great track record of making me belly laugh every time I see him. That would be a really fun trip!
3. What is your favorite breakfast cereal?
Nyna: I’m really boring and I like to eat granola with almond milk and bananas on top but I’m more of a breakfast sandwich person.
Trevor: Amaranth is an ancient grain that Nyna and I love to eat for breakfast with some apples, chia seeds, walnuts and real maple syrup.
4. What is one thing that is hanging on your bedroom wall?
Nyna: A collection of the original Fort Vine posters that Trevor created.
Trevor: A hand made wreath from grapevines that grow around my home in upstate New York. My mother made it for me and it is beautiful. My mother has always been a creative inspiration for me.
5. What smell/scent evokes strong memories for you?
Nyna: There is a specific brand of sun screen lotion that every time I smell it reminds me of when my family went to Hawaii in 2006. It was one of the most fun vacations I ever had.
Trevor: Lilacs are my favorite flower to smell. They blossom in May every year where I was raised in the Catskills of New York. They fill the country air with the sweet smell of spring and rebirth.
6. Coffee or tea?
Trevor: I love both but my true love is coffee. Tea is the mistress on the side.
7. What has been the most impactful compliment, or criticism, you have ever received?
Nyna: A fan of ours that we’ve never met in person sent us a video of her singing one of our songs and wrote us a letter as well.
Trevor: Last May I had a lot of friends and fans tell me that they found our “Song a Day in the Month of May” project very inspiring. It is beautiful to be inspired but to inspire another with your own art is a gift.
8. Three words that describe you?
Nyna: Energetic, empathetic, bright.
Trevor: Childlike, patient, driven.
9. What is/was your cartoon character crush?
Trevor: I would have to say Jasmine from Aladdin.
10. The world is ending in ten minutes and you get to listen to one, and only one, song: Which song?
Nyna: Dreamer by Supertramp
Dreamer :: Supertramp
Editor’s Note: Great choice. Have Fort Vine ever covered this song, or any other Supertramp’s music?
Trevor: Beethoven’s 6th Symphony
6th Symphony :: Beethoven
Here at lyriquediscorde.com I like to do a “song of the day“ post as an (almost) daily feature. The idea of taking a song that has been spinning around in my head and using it as an inspiration for my own writing has been important to me, even before I shared the songs in a blog format. Fort Vine took the idea of “song of the day“ even further with their “A Song of the Day in the Month of May“, a project that they completed last year, and are in the midst of right now. Fort Vine challenged themselves to write, record, mix, film and release a new song every day for thirty-one days. How impressive, and frankly so cool, is that?
You can view their most recent music videos which they have been creating daily on their YouTube Channel.
Here are a few favorites from this year’s project:
It Doesn’t Matter (May 11th)
Donneur de Couleur (May 3rd)
Late at Night (May 2nd)
and my favorite (so far, this May):
Love in the 21st Century (May 19th)
I want to thank Nyna and Trevor, from Fort Vine, for participating in the Keep Art Alive: 10 Questions Project.
Please remember to support the art and artists you enjoy and discover – be a part of what KEEPS ART ALIVE by going to shows, buying what you can, and supporting and promoting what you love. ALWAYS.