Vanessa Van Ness is a New York and Melbourne-based guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer from Venice Beach, Los Angeles. Before pursuing music, she worked in film & television, and would often volunteer as a disaster responder between film shoots. During this time, Van Ness was also an avid guitarist and songwriter.
Her first single, True True Shot, released September 20, 2019, was self-produced and reached #12 on the Hype Machine popular charts, and was written while she was living in Nepal as a disaster responder after the 2015 Nepal Earthquake.
"I didn't have anything to play on in Nepal, so I ended up buying an electric guitar from a teenage boy off of the Nepali equivalent of Craigslist," she told Triple R. "It was called a Givson GS 1000. I later learned it was considered the worst electric guitar in Nepal and India," she laughed.
Beginning as a bedroom guitarist inspired by 1950s guitar heroes Bo Diddley, Link Wray, and Howlin Wolf, Van Ness began writing songs at an early age. She was encouraged to sing and release music by friends Ry X and Phil Danyew (Elephant Castle, Foster the People), and began adding vocal elements to her music while learning audio production on a budget DAW.
Her second release, 'The Muscle (Song for Kate)', a dreamy LGBTQ indie rock lullaby with lush ambience, is slated for release on July 31, 2020.