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Vieem is a singer, songwriter and musician born and raised in Brooklyn, New York..U.S. Outside of a keen self awareness and ability to put her passions to words. She credits the dilemmas of her life as the creative stimulus to writing her best songs. Through the ebb and flow of it, she finds illumination, a point of start, if you will. “ I do my best work when I’m excited, like feeling dizzy and I can’t stop talking, effervescent. It could also be the opposite affect. Like when I’m flustered or completely agitated. It is all human centered, feelings and emotions.” With regards to her eclectic appeal Vieem has stated that she wants her music to sound like stepping into a vivid imagination of colorful reality. “ All the increments in my head put on paper. The good, crappy, hurt, angry, suppressed, conflicted, the risk, the ambiguous. That’s all in there.”
Vieem also known as Vanna Mattheus, grew up in Brooklyn, New York, the third of four children. Father, a traveling musician and mother a seamstress. Her partially French stage name is routed in the French word vie, meaning life. And stems from her initials. French also being her second language. According to her it bares significant meaning. As part of her early influences, she includes La Vie en Rose Edith Piaf, as being very inspirational to her becoming a singer. Music has always played a huge role in herlife. From a young age, she learned to play the piano first by her father.
An earliest musical memory is her mother taking a picture with a towel wrapped around her head - barefoot and singing into a hair brush. She started singing along to Five Blind Boys and George Jones at home. Briefly taking operative voice lessons, before finding herself with Cindy Lauper and Belinda Carlisle. “ I relate to music as a wanted and loving being. There’s no music in the world that does not have one soul to appreciate it. I fall in love every day.”
Vieem came into her own the old fashioned way. By pounding the pavement, talent shows, going out to clubs, singing onstage and at her own retreat. By late adolescent, she had already gone through the girl group phase and knew she wanted to continue to make music but no know how. It wasn't until writing her first song "Why a Reason" that made everything fall into place. It being the spark to the metal. After, what would seem like a decade of singing at local venues. With the first song in hand, Vieem would soon go on to produce, engineer and record the her debut album, Be It Hated.
The album exposes the nuances that make up her unique figure. Vieem admits to suffering panic attacks, delirium, following bursts of exuberation in the process of recording.
" We live in a decade where nothing is impossible. I've thrown away formula to trust myself. This whole album is about trust and having faith in this."