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.
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 the Vehlinggo Team
Vehlinggo is the creation of longtime journalist and writer Aaron Vehling. He serves as Vehlinggo’s editor-in-chief, publisher, senior writer, and podcaster. Dread Central has referred to Aaron as a “synth historian” and Drive record label 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.
Other regular contributors to Vehlinggoland include Andrew B. White of Diamond Field (writer, photographer, and designer); Abigail Gordon of Bunny X (live events and creative consulting); Kent “Von” Hertzog (audio engineering consultation); Alex Karlinsky of Highway Superstar (curation consulting and projects consulting) and Pat “Misty Vales” Vehling (writing and DJ mixes). There is also a host of freelance writers and others who’ve contributed to this site: Chris Webster, Jeff Treppel, Dan Haigh, Graham Reznick, Justin Weems, Private Agenda, and James Mann.
Vehlinggo Celebrated 5 Years in November 2019 with a Massive Compilation
Vehlinggo Presents: 5 Years features new or previously unreleased music from artists covered on this site with some regularity — as part of the ongoing Vehlinggo Presents series. Listen to the music via the embed below (you can also buy it there):
Aaron Does Commissions & Freelance Writing
Aaron does commissioned copywriting and podcasting, along with freelance music journalism. Aaron’s freelance writing appears in Bloody Disgusting, Dread Central and City Pages, among other publications.
Aaron’s copywriting has traditionally centered on bios, blurbs, obi strips, hype stickers, and press releases for artists and labels — with strategy an option for clients who need it. Recent examples include the obi strips for two MONDO/Death Waltz releases (official soundtracks for Ma and The Wind) and the hype stickers for Lakeshore Records’ vinyl release of the Assassination Nation soundtrack and Burning Witches Records’ vinyl release of Deadly Avenger’s I Am Godzilla, You Are Japan.
Recent examples of podcasting commissions include interviews with Cliff Martinez and Will Bates for the official Lakeshore Records podcast and Videoman composers Robert Parker and Waveshaper (and director Kristian Söderström) for a one-off Lakeshore podcast promoting that film.
Full portfolio available upon request. 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, Nite Jewel, etc.); John Carpenter; Cliff Martinez; Mac Quayle; Goblin; Tangerine Dream (including Paul Haslinger); Enigma. FM Attack. Ghostly International (Com Truise, Matthew Dear, 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, The Wind, Daniel Davies, and many other releases); Invada Records; MONDO/Death Waltz Records; Burning Witches Records; Data Airlines; Antoni Maiovvi. 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.
February 2020 Note: Submissions are limited while Aaron works on some larger projects. If we have a previous arrangement in place, no need to worry. Otherwise, keep this restricted period in mind if you’re submitting.
The submission process varies, depending on your genre. If you are a score composer, or you represent a score composer, please submit via submissions-at-vehlinggo.com (put an @ in there). Everyone else needs to submit via SubmitHub below. Please adhere to these rules.
(C) 2014-2019 Vehlinggo. Feature header art by Jahn Teetsov.