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“Rad Dad Feature: Vinnie Value”

Vinnie and his drumming have been the backbone to so many bands that have helped shape and mold my musical tastes.  From the infamous Warzone…to the…well, to be honest, every single band he has been a part of has made classic hardcore music that has lasted the test of time.  He’s a talented artist, musician, and most of all, Father.  It is my pleasure to introduce this feature with Vinnie Value.

1. Tell us about what you do, who you are, and how you balance your career with being a dad?

My name is Vinnie Value, I do freelance art handling/transport and installations for galleries, auction houses, and private collectors. I’m also a musician and have been involved in the NYHC scene for 30 years. I’ve played drums in Warzone, No Redeeming Social Value, Greyarea, Vinny Hooliganz, and currently Kill Your Idols. I make my own schedule and my ex wife does well in the fashion industry, which allows me to spend a lot of time with my kids. I’m pretty much a, “mom” and I have a lot of respect for mothers out there. It’s a hard job, but very rewarding.

2. What does being a modern-day dad mean to you?

It means understanding and patience. Our children’s problems, no matter how small, deserve our full attention and communicating is the key. They’re a lot smarter than we sometimes think, so it’s best to teach them values and respect. The world is a tough place, they should be prepared and understand, so they can handle it.

3. How did becoming a father change your life?

It softened me up, I feel things I never have before I had my kids. I’ve actually teared up at some Disney/Pixar movies haha. Best example I can give is the toughest, scariest friend I have just had his first child and I received a text from him saying, “hope you had a great Easter!” Yup, that’s how I feel.

4. Whats the greatest part about being a dad?

Being their superhero, never being judged by them, you are everything to another human being as they are to you, that’s what it’s all about.

5. Can you share a funny story about being a father?

MY daughter was just recently sick with the flu so she couldn’t go to school for a few days. My son was ok, so he had to go, but obviously didn’t want to being that his sister wasn’t. I told him he had to go, he understood, but asked me if I could pick him up early instead…like during math class!!

 6. What advice can you give any new father out there?

Be involved in all you can with them, when in doubt hug it out. There’s times that things can get frustrating, but try to remember, they’re just kids so let them be kids. Be patient and enjoy every moment because they grow so fast. My children definitely saved my life, I’ll take a kids world over an adult world any day. We can only hope that they’ll take care of us when we’re unable to take care of ourselves.

Most importantly, if you’re a single dad like myself, try not to introduce your children to a significant other unless you are engaged. Definitely one of my biggest regrets, if she truly loves you, she should understand.

Thanks so much Vinnie, I appreciate you taking the time to do our feature, and also your contributions to the music I love.  

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