I wanted the band name to be representative of myself, without just using my birth name. Vanilla comes from a nickname I was given in high school, “JP Vanilla”. Sugar comes from the term “Kitty Sugar”…please feel free to google that term when you’re not at work….hah! My musical influences are Mindless Self Indulgence, Sleigh Bells, Grimes, The Prodigy, and KoRn. KoRn & The Prodigy definitely influenced my darker/creepier side, along with Vanilla Sugar’s looped beats and metal undertones. Sleigh Bells & Grimes influenced the poppier side of the tracks, while the influence of Mindless Self Indulgence’s in your face vocal style is evident in parts of the songs.