The Vaticants’ new release “LIVING FOR NOTHING” ft. Militia Vox is one of the most powerful rock songs to hit the modern music scene. At the height of the pandemic, we connected & collaborated with like-minded musicians from across the globe to create the best possible team to execute this vision. Lead guitarist Marko wanted to redo this Dry Cell song for 15 years. He and Judd Gruenbaum agreed that “LIVING FOR NOTHING” has never had more meaning than today – with relevant lyrics that reflect our current social, economic and emotional climate, “LIVING FOR NOTHING” is an anthem for survival.
Vocalist Militia Vox is known for her haunting, daring and aggressively feminine style. She has worked with Rob Halford (Judas Priest), John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Twisted Sister and Living Colour.
Joining forces, The Vaticants and Militia Vox showcase their unparalleled talent, diversity and powerful collective energy on this epic masterpiece.
Formed in 2015 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., The Vaticants consists of lead guitarist Marko Jankovic, violinist Sheena G., bassist J.T Lopez and drummer Lamar Little. Together they deliver a unique, original, orchestral, hard-hitting sound with a timeless symphonic edge. The Vaticants are a classical rock journey!
NAME: Marko Jankovic and Sheena G.
AGE (if you want to give it up):
SHEENA: Hard to remember age, is it even relevant anymore? Lol I think I have the spirit of 18 year old, body of 28, mental maturity of 48s, soul age of 108 … so an average of 121? 😉
MARCO: 42 and loving it.
BAND: The Vaticants
POSITION: Marko, founder and lead guitarist; Sheena, violinist.
HOMETOWN: Marko is from Huttwil, family immigrated from Serbia and he grew up in Switzerland; Sheena is from Shanghai, China.
What is your earliest musical memory?
SHEENA: My memory is my mother’s opera and her orchestra choir singing. I would be going to see her perform in every concert. I grew up with my family always having classical music blasting in the house.
MARKO: Serbian folk music was always present in our culture and at home. I remember hearing Beethoven for the first time and knowing right then I wanted to be a musician.
What has been your most embarrassing musical moment?
SHEENA: When I was 8-years-old, I was recruited to hold a prop on the stage. It was a very hot day, sweat was running down my face. I lifted my skirt to wipe the sweat and, unwilling, showed my underwear to hundreds of people in the audience lol… My parents will never let me forget that moment.
MARKO: Being all bad ass on stage during a solo and walking too far to the stage right and the cable ripped out of the guitar. I turned more red than a spring apple.
What do you like and dislike about touring?
SHEENA: I love touring! It’s so much fun to submerge my life in music and creativity, talking to adoring fans, and to live 24/7 with like-minded people, forming this special bond — very exciting and sort of like a high. It is inspiring and fun. Dislike? Having to re-adjust life after the tour — not so fun lol.
MARKO: Seeing new cities and people. Hard to keep a good diet on the road!
What is your favorite record store, anywhere in the world?
SHEENA: Virgin Records anywhere! Well, back in the days! Maybe it is too commercial but I had fun there, it’s like being a kid in the candy store, just browsing all the records. I love them all, from Rachmaninoff to Cindy Lauper, from Buddha Bar to Gypsy Kings, from Bjork to Gotan Project, from the Eagles to In This Moment… not to mention the cover art?! Love love love!
MARKO: Tower Records on Sunset and Virgin in Paris — some good memories there. We used to hang til midnight every night listening to records. Sadly, all the stores are gone now.
Other than your own music, what is your favorite song or album of all-time? Why?
SHEENA: Beside classical music, Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 2 and 3 (they are my absolute favorite classical pieces), it is “Time After Time” by Cindy Lauper (it forever holds special sentimental meanings) and her album She’s So Unusual set the tune for who I am and will be, I strive to be unusually usually haha.
MARKO: I would have a different answer every week…
You wake up in a seedy Berlin hotel room with no recollection of the past 96 hours. Who is your first call?
SHEENA: Oh that sounds quite exciting… I will call an Italian restaurants to deliver me my favorite Spaghetti alle Vongole, and a bottle of Pinot Noir! Maybe even some flowers… I deserve it… I must have had some brilliant time that I can’t remember, definitely worth celebrating 😉
MARKO: Any guitar store that’s located next to a bar where I can have a Bloody Mary.
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