Victor, who is Windsor born and bred, is the brains behind the new musical project Neverending White Lights. The record is essentially Victor’s music performed and recorded by other artists; therefore, according to Victor, “Neverending White Lights is Daniel Victor.”
Victor relentlessly pursued the project, and chose artists simply by browsing through his CD collection. Since Victor is a relatively unknown producer, he took every possible avenue to contact the selected artists.
“I would call their managers, join their fan clubs, or even try to call them myself in order to get them to be a part of this project,” Victor says. Evidently, it worked, as Neverending White Lights consists of 17 artists who represent a range of popularity and recognition. Big names include Raine Maida from Our Lady Peace, Nick Hexum of 311 and Alexisonfire’s Dallas Green. These artists and others make up the first “Act” of Neverending White Lights’ album Goodbye Friends of the Heavenly Bodies.
The name of the record comes from the spiritual inspiration Victor experienced during the waiting and recording process. Victor explains that, during this time, he was reading about our existence in relation to different religions and past beliefs.
“In old literature, the way people made sense of themselves was by having a deeper belief in the divine — they believed in angels.” Victor felt the need to say goodbye because he feels the more we evolve, the more cynical we become, and the more likely it is we will lose our faith.
The record carries a consistent theme, and will remain crucial throughout the project. The next record, to be entitled Act 2, will carry on this theme with a new set of artists and songs.
Victor hoped to challenge the artists with his song selection, while striving to make it known that he is more than just an artist. “By releasing this type of album, people will take more note of who I am, rather than saying I’m ‘just a guy in a band.’”
Although this may be true, Victor couldn’t have chosen a more difficult method to gain recognition. The demanding process actually made him ill, to the point where “it took a long time to feel good about it because it was such an intense project,” Victor says.
According to Victor, the project’s most challenging aspect is arranging live performances because the artists are so busy. Due to such unique circumstances, on the current tour, Victor will perform most songs on the set list. Victor says it’s difficult because he’s “not sure if that’s what the fans want, but if people like the songs on the album they will understand the circumstances of the live performances, because the songs are interpretive, and don’t need to be live to understand them.”
Check out Neverending White Lights tonight at The Embassy. Doors open at 8 p.m.