Interview With Nick Clayton And Joey VaGabond Of Vivid Vertigo 2019


What started as a group of friends with rock n roll dreams hanging out in the garage; evolved into a diverse project for 4 hungry emerging local artists hoping to bring something new to the scene. With a wide spectrum of influences, they pull it together in their writing to create the Vivid Vertigo sound. With tunes both radio friendly and obscure they continue to reel audiences in. The band is performing regional shows at the moment and heading into the studio in the spring of 2017 to record their first single. Each member contributes to the writing process. The journey is just beginning and we hope you’ll all come along for the ride. Lots of exciting things to come!


Meet the members
Jose “Joey Vagabond” Ortiz (Lead vocals and lead/rhythm guitar) Joey joined the band in march of 2018 bringing in phenomenal vocal range, an impressive repertoire of guitar riffs and production skills. Jose grew up in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico in which he was exposed to various tropical musical styles (salsa, merengue, bachata and cumbia). However, he gravitated towards Rock and Roll. Some of his strongest influences being NIN, Radiohead, David Bowie. Joey has more than a decade of playing experience having played with bands such as Zueños de un Vagabundo, The Mystery Machine, Gino and Friends and the Pekeke Project 


Nick Clayton (Drums/percussion) Nick started managing former members in a previous project then joined in 2014 as the band’s drummer. Born and raised in Southern Maryland he has been involved in the industry since the age of 14, Nick has worked in promoting National Acts as well as providing his talents to Rock, Roll and Life Magazine as a music reviewer. His influences include Chuck Brown, Little Benny, NWA, Ice Cube, The Ramones, Childs Play, Kix, Brian Jack, Charm City Devils, The Vamps, Skin and Bones, The Dictators, The Doors, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Beastie Boys, Led Zepplin, Rush, Bob Marley and Shadowbone.




Andrew Clayton (Lead guitar/backing vocals) Following in the footsteps of his Grandfather and Father, Andrew wanted to be a musician and began playing guitar at age 17. The shy, introvert of the band was born and raised in Southern Maryland. Andrew began writing songs and formed his first band at age 18. His musical influences include 3eb, The Strokes, Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin, The Beatles, We Are Harlot, The 1975, The Upwelling, The Miss Takes, Shadowbone, John Coltrain, The Cranberries, Arbo Parked, Asking Alexandria, Skid Row, Bob Marley, The Doors and Cat Stevens.



Timmy Alger (Bass guitar/backing vocals) Timmy started performing his DJ EDM act in 2008 as his alter ego DJ8 Bit Panda and joined the group in 2013 as the bassist. From the Town of Colonial Beach, Timmy brings his charizma and high energy to the band’s live performances. His musical influences include Metalica, Nirvana, The Foo Fighters, Paramore, Red Jumpsuit Apperatus, My Chemical Romance, Skrillex, Deadmaus, Daft Punk, Benny Benhissial and Calvin Harris.