"I'm big on nostalgia. I love the idea of putting a memory in [a song] and having it be a resounding thing every time you hear it," he says. "Like when you hear Robyn's 'Dancing On My Own,' you think, 'I want to cry right now,' but you also kind of want to dance."
And now that the EP has finally been released — two years after his appearance on The Four — he couldn't be more relieved that it's out. After he released it, he actually turned off his phone for five hours because he was nervous about seeing the response, but so far, it hasn't been anything but positive.
"Releasing an EP is such a burden off my shoulders," he says. "I've been holding onto these songs for so long, and I'm so tired of listening to them, but when I finally released them, I was just hoping that people would like them."
He continues, "I got this barrage of messages from people saying, 'I'm feeling this exact thing right now,' or 'You're in my head!' It just goes to show that all of these crazy feelings that we have when we're in love aren't uniquely ours. We're not the only ones experiencing the things we're feeling, and that's what I really wanted to show through this EP. It's amazing that people have been able to see that and that it's being received in [such a positive] way."
Based on his performance — and the audience turnout on a Monday night in February — it's clear that both new and old fans are on board with the direction that he decided to take. If the sold-out show wasn't indication enough, the screams from the crowd definitely were. After he performed his second song, "Save Myself," the cheers were so deafening that all he could do was bow his head, bring his hands to his chest in gratitude, and break down in tears, saying, "Y'all sold this place out. I am overwhelmed. I promise I'm going to give you the best show I've got."
Throughout the evening, he brought up some of his friends to sing with his band to highlight other talented people living in L.A., including previous The Voice contestant India Carney and artist-slash-pop songwriter JHart, among a few others, and of course, performed his rendition of "Creep," the song that helped kicked off his solo career. The twist? It was an impromptu addition to his setlist, per the request of one of his fans, so he started it off acapella. (His band being the pros that they are — Alex Palazzo on guitar, Satarra Troutman on bass, and Michel'le Baptiste on drums — jumped in on the second verse.)
The rest of the evening was packed with soaring notes and effortless riffs, of course, but even more than that, Vincint let his audience in on his process and emotions. He told stories about the inspirations behind each of his songs, from the silly — "Say" was written about a boy he saw at a rooftop party in New York but never actually talked to — to the sad, like writing "Miss You" about not being able to get over someone. He even got emotional covering Coldplay's "Magic," dedicating the song to his father, who recently passed away, and his friends, who helped him deal with his loss.