Chatting with Kenny Vasoli (Vacationer)

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Kenny Vasoli just wants you to chill. The Vacationer frontman, responsible for songs like “The Wild Life” and “Paradise Waiting”, is passionate about his listeners “just relaxing and enjoying life”. And he certainly seems to practice what he preaches: lounging on a tattered tweed couch, signature cloud of brown curls hanging loose like his wooden necklace, he is the image of hippie-cool. But Vacationer, his tropical-electronic project, is a lot to get excited about. Since their formation in 2010, the group has signed to Downtown Records, put out two full-length albums, and toured the country with notable acts like Tennis and Hellogoodbye.

In the basement of the Iron Horse, a cozy venue in Northampton, MA, Kenny and I sat down to discuss his musical transformation, the invention of the genre “nu-hula”, and the existence of aliens.

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