Interview with Vince Lichlyter

VinceLichlyterI recently had the opportunity to chat with Vince Lichlyter.  Vince is a solo artist who founded the Christian Rock Band, Jonah33 – which disbanded in 2009.  On Jan. 28th released an EP Helium Revisted on Boleyn Records.

HOW PERSONAL IS THIS E.P. AND WHY?

This e.p. is very personal to me because they’re a collection of songs that have come to me over the past 5 years or so. It’s kinda like a look back to see what I’ve overcome, some views I’ve adopted, and some things I’ve gained. It’s all over the map, but it’s me, so it’s okay.

ARE YOU PRO-LIFE?

“In Him we live and move and have our being”. Life comes from God. I absolutely and fully support those I share beliefs with concerning the sanctity of life.

HOW DOES PRO-LIFE AFFECT YOU ON A PERSONAL LEVEL?

Oh, man. I’m a dad. That bond you develop with your kids is something I wish everyone could experience. We have a saying on the wall of our living room over the pictures of all our kids that says, “Every child is a story yet to be told.” Sure, it can be trying at times, but the reward for being a part of that story doesn’t have words. The thought that we are given the responsibility over one of God’s creations, one of God’s children, that’s beyond humbling.

FOT60EDWHAT’S DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS RELEASE THAN ALL YOUR OTHER RELEASES WHEN YOU WERE IN THE BAND JONAH33?

Well, immediately you will notice it’s not rock. After the band broke up, it was just me and my acoustic for a while. It’s a bit more difficult to write a rock record on your couch than when you have a band to jam with. So in a way, it’s almost like I was forced out of my comfort zone into other genres of music. I had always enjoyed singer/songwriter stuff, you know, chill stuff, but when I wrote, it
always came out rock. The other big difference, I believe, is the lyrical content. The e.p. , like I talked about before, is really personal.  J33 stuff was more about addressing social issues within the church and personal issues within belief systems. So, yeah, an inside look into my life.

WHY DID YOU GUYS BREAK UP?

Um…. There are 2 answers to that. There’s the “press release” answer, which claims that we as a band felt as though we had hit the
ceiling as far as what we could accomplish, and that we were all going to pursue other passions. Which is all true, but there’s also my personal answer, which is that I spent too much time focused in on and addressing the problem instead of the Answer. I grew bitter and that was the end of it. That pretty much sums it up.

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE REMEMBERED FOR?

Being a great husband and dad, and being that guy that never wavered In his beliefs.

Make sure to check out Vince’s facebook at www.facebook.com/vincent.lichlyter and Boleyn Records’ facebook at www.facebook.com/bol.eyn.39

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