Andrew Vladeck is an accomplished and well-known musician in the alt-folk scene in NYC. Vladeck comes from a long line of New York labor leaders, labor lawyers, and firefighters. Music factored into his upbringing with the folk songs from social movements of the 1960s and 70s, and they fostered his interest in music as an instrument of change. All this makes him honored and excited to be part of Occupy this Album. Andrew served as a New York City Urban Park Ranger, before taking on music full time with the release of his last record, The Wheel. Andrew was NYC Artist of the Month in The Deli Magazine and won First Place in the International Songwriting Competition. Vladeck fills out his musical time as a member of The Honey Brothers and Balthrop, Alabama, and as a songwriter, sidemen and session player. He’s currently recording a new record.
1.) If your submission is an original track inspired by the movement, what is/was the creative impetus behind it?
This past autumn was an unbelievably inspiring time. The Arab Spring was still going strong, with the Libyian people fighting for a change that was long overdue. At the same time, Americans started to wake up, en masse, to the realization that they have been squeezed by a small percentage of wealthy, powerful, and selfish countrymen for over a generation – they were reaching a breaking point. The yearning and hope of one blended with the other, to reveal the common aspirations of these actions, to live with dignity in a better, fairer, kinder world. This song echoes from the signs and sounds that have been whirling through our streets and living rooms.
3.) What does this movement mean to you?
A successful movement will decrease human suffering and misery on an enormous scale, while only negligibly compromising the wealth of those at the highest income levels, who have enjoyed unprecedented benefits at the expense of our country as a whole. This movement is harnessing the collective power of it’s people to speak as loudly as the corporation-magnified voices of the wealthiest. This movement channels the anger and frustration of the people into a constructive and productive force for positive change. This movement is educating and informing people as to their history and rights, which should inform how they choose to cast their ballots. As much is it frustrates the some media channels, this movement can not be reduced to a sound bite. For that I’m incredibly grateful.