Vehlinggo, based in Brooklyn, was founded in 2014 and focuses generally on deeper interviews and reviews centered on film and television scores (real and imagined); synth-pop; synthwave; and other forms of electronic music, such as disco, Italo Disco, boogie, house, and techno.
There’s also a The Vehlinggo Podcast on The Damn Fine Network and mixes by the likes of Johan Agebjörn (Sally Shapiro), Pink Gloves (Italians Do It Better) and Forgotten Illusions (Valerie Collective).
It All Comes Down to Drive
Vehlinggo launched on the principle of covering everything related to the Drive soundtrack — be it those artists directly involved or those in their extended family. This includes members of the Valerie Collective and Italians Do It Better. Interview subjects have included Johnny Jewel, Electric Youth, College, and Cliff Martinez, among many others elaborated upon below.
About Aaron and the Team
Vehlinggo is the creation of longtime journalist and writer Aaron Vehling. He serves as Vehlinggo’s editor, publisher, senior writer, and podcaster. Dread Central has referred to Aaron as a “synth historian” and Lakeshore Records has coined him “everyone’s favorite synth writer” and a “Drive soundtrack expert.” Alexander Burkart — creator of logos for College, Anoraak, and Electric Youth — made the cool Vehlinggo logo.
Vehlinggo showcases music that Aaron and his team of contributors likes and that they think others should hear. Regardless of whether he’s the writer of a given piece or someone else is, this is music that you’d likely find in his music collection. In that way, this is more of a recommendation site. We typically aren’t going to write about a release just to trash it.
(Check out the 4th anniversary video below that Highway Superstar made for Vehlinggo — it features great people and serves a bit as a testimonial. Artists include Anoraak, The Midnight, Goldroom, Maethelvin, Col of FM-84, Nola Wren, and many more.)
Aaron Does Commissions & Freelance Writing
Aaron does commissioned copywriting and podcasting, along with freelance music journalism. His freelance writing appears in Bloody Disgusting, Dread Central and City Pages, among other publications. He also has experience doing commissioned copywriting and podcast work. Recent examples of the latter: interviewing Cliff Martinez, Will Bates, and Videoman composers Robert Parker and Waveshaper (and director Kristian Söderström). Email copywriting-at-vehlinggo.com if you’re interested in working with Aaron in a copywriting or podcast capacity.
To reach Aaron for general inquiries, email him at editor-at-vehlinggo.com. Important Note: Don’t send submissions to the “Editor” email address. Submissions sent to that address are ignored, at best. Scroll down for submission information.
Vehlinggo Newsletter & Merch
Subscribe to the Vehlinggo Newsletter, which comes out about 16 times a year. It often has exclusive content, and subscribers often are eligible for prizes like records, CDs, downloads, merch, and all-around more fulfilling lives (some of those might be lies).
Who and What Kind of Music Does Vehlinggo Feature?
Vehlinggo has a particular interest in the following, and those who are inspired by or affiliated with the following — some interviewed on this site (list not always up-to-date; link denotes an interview):
The Valerie Collective (College, Anoraak, Maethelvin, and more); Electric Youth; Le Matos; Parallels; The Italians Do It Better family (Chromatics, Glass Candy, Symmetry, Desire, Mirage, In Mirrors, Twisted Wires, Tess Roby, Fred Ventura, etc.); John Carpenter; Cliff Martinez; Mac Quayle; Goblin; Tangerine Dream (including Paul Haslinger); Enigma. FM Attack. Ghostly International (Com Truise, Matthew Dear, Tycho, etc.). Disasterpeace. Vangelis. FM-84. The Midnight. Makeup and Vanity Set.
Lakeshore Records (Drive, Mr. Robot, Stranger Things, The Rise of the Synths, The Ritual, Daniel Davies, and everything else); Invada Records; MONDO/Death Waltz Records; Burning Witches Records; Data Airlines; Antoni Maiovvi.
Prince George Records (Furniteur, Pleasure Curses, SAINT-SAMUEL); Sébastien Tellier; Kavinsky; SebastiAn; Daft Punk; Phoenix; Chairlift; the erstwhile Factory Records (New Order/Joy Division, Happy Mondays, A Certain Ratio, etc.); OMD.
Want to Write for Vehlinggo?
Email editor-at-vehlinggo.com with three samples of published writing and we’ll talk pitches and compensation, and everything else.
You’ve made it this far. Here’s a prize.
Note: Submissions are extensively limited until September 2019, while Aaron works on some larger projects. If we have a previous arrangement, no need to worry. Submit music via submissions-at-vehlinggo.com.
(C) 2014-2019 Vehlinggo. Feature header art by Jahn Teetsov.