“Listening to my music is like getting a glimpse into the way I see the world. I can say things through music that I wouldn’t always share in conversation. Hearing one of my songs is almost like finding my personal journal lying around for everyone to read,” says Vandarth, a solo musician from Wichita, KS. “It’s almost embarrassing at times to be that open. Sometimes I almost hesitate to sing certain lines of lyrics live because of it, but ultimately it’s what gives my music its strength and meaning.” There’s more to Vandarth’s signature sound than his passionate vocals and vulnerable lyrics. His songs also come with a heavy dose of garage-rock riffs that you can’t help but head-bang to. Each album channels the raw guitar tone of the 90’s and combines it with the drive and melody of today’s popular music. The result is music that is both accessible and innovative. “One of my biggest influences is Dave Grohl. When I was 16, a friend handed me a copy of their first album and told me Dave Grohl played all of the instruments on that album. He said, ‘I think you can do something like this,’ so I started recording song after song on my computer,” Vandarth recalls. “That moment really changed my life.”
Over the years, Vandarth has recorded several albums including his most recent release, The Essentials: 2009-2018. The album features 17 of his most memorable songs including the atmospheric ballad Waiting For Me (from Netflix’s Cable Girls) and the adventurous rock-opera Canon in Drop D. Some have described Vandarth as having a “universal sound,” but it’s his arrangements and lyrics that will keep you guessing. This unique combination of nostalgia, adventure and self-reflection is what makes Vandarth’s music so memorable.
There’s a perspective behind the music of someone who has experienced love, loss, and sacrifice, making each song relatable and personal. At age 23, Vandarth left his hometown to pursue a music career in Austin, Texas. The move would mean leaving friends, family and a serious relationship but he decided to give it a try. Months later, he paralyzed his right vocal cord from a combination of overuse and poor technique (who really knows how to sing properly in rock ‘n roll, right?). He decided to take a break from the busy music city of Austin and moved up to Wichita, Kansas to recover. Over the next six years, he would embark on a journey of physical, emotional and spiritual healing. After relearning to sing properly, Vandarth returned to the music world with a different perspective. “I learned over that period of time that the music is nothing without relationships with people. I used to want to be a rock star, but I’m not sure if that’s what I really anymore. That’s not the same thing to me as not wanting to be a career musician. Now, I just want to make music for other people and share in the journey together.” With this new perspective, Vandarth founded Mind of a Musician, a non-profit organization devoted to helping other bands by raising awareness and sharing their stories on the Mind of a Musician podcast.
Notable achievements: Vandarth has licensed a number of original songs to various TV/Film projects. Recently, his song “Waiting For Me” was featured in the popular Netflix series Cable Girls (Season2 Episode 6). His song “We Used To Call This Home” was featured in Nitro Circus: The Movie and “Real Men Live In Trees” appeared in the award-winning television series Lost Girl. Vandarth also co-wrote and performed WWE wrestler Baron Corbin’s theme song, “Echoes.” His music has been licensed by networks and companies such as Sony, PepsiCo Inc, CBS, NBC, Redline Films, Architect Films, PGA Tour Network, Nascar Media Network, Bell Media Network and more.