One of the goals of DEVIATE is to indulge the senses. While James Bockover-McCormick goes by the performer name, Vizion, he’s actually legally blind. What he lacks in sight, he makes up for through his sense of hearing which he uses to come up with his very own unique beats.
Vizion has had a passion for music since he was a kid and finds inspiration from the sounds that played in the background of some of his favorite video games he used to play. Vizion is ready to introduce Beloit to his sound on October 15 at DEVIATE.
Can you tell us some information about your music? How would you describe your style/sound? From a very young age, music has always been something I wanted to do. Being as I grew up with unbridled access to video games, that's where a lot of my sound initially comes from. Anywhere from the old 8-Bit sounds of NES and Super NIntendo to the trance and Japanese infused tracks that came along with Dance Dance Revolution.
Where do you find the inspiration for your sets? It's a matter of what kind of set we're talking about. For DJ sets, I always try to just go with the flow and play songs that I like to listen to, as I almost feel it as an extension of myself that I'm sharing anytime I play music. My live sets though? A lot of how I've approached playing original music in a live setting (singing, instruments, etc) has been learned through the likes of Madeon, Porter Robinson, Fox Stevenson, and Robert DeLong.
What are your future goals for your work? I think my goals align more with the performance side of things. Granted yes, making new/exciting music is always a goal, but I really want to take it to "the next level," as cliche as that sounds, and performing in front of people seems the most appealing, especially given everything that comes with the "touring" lifestyle.
What are you most excited about for DEVIATE? Being able to perform on stage and just have fun. It’s a feeling that should NEVER be taken for granted. Also, checking out all the art installations that artists have put their hard work into.
Why should people come to DEVIATE? I think DEVIATE is a chance to introduce art and music into Beloit that isn't super present like it is in other areas, cities, etc. So as a short answer, the opportunity to expand peoples' horizons about art and music is a very exciting prospect.
Why should people come to check you out at DEVIATE? It's a chance to explore new mediums that one may not even know exists, and for me that feeling of discovery is euphoric.
What do you want us to know about your music/style? There are two main points that come to mind in reference to my music. For starters, I'm actually legally blind, hence the artist name "V i z i o n". The second thing would be that everything you hear and see was created by me. I design all of my own sounds and tend to stray away from samples, and make all of my own visuals. Call me a snob if you will, but I enjoy being in creative control.
What is your background? How did you get into music? Give us a little history!
As mentioned before, I'm legally blind, which I deem as somewhat important when discussing me as a person, as it has helped shape much of who I am today. In terms of the more general aspects of me, I was born in Sacramento, California, and didn't move to the area until I was five years old. Since then I've lived in Illinois, New Jersey, Kansas, and Wisconsin, all the while honing my music craft. Even during the pandemic I took up livestreaming my DJ sets, which were always a fun experience and challenge (from a technical aspect).