Kick Out The (Vanguard Prime) Jams

After yesterday’s post on the music that inspired Vanguard Prime: Goldrush, it occurred to me that there was not one but two songs that I should have mentioned in my list. Instead of having contributed to the creation of VP, however, they were instead inspired by the book.

You see, before Goldrush was published I had some early conversations with Penguin’s marketing department about the potential of putting together a book trailer. While that didn’t eventuate (at least not for the first book), the discussion about it was enough to get my creative juices flowing and I sat down with some mixing software to produce a piece of music that would serve as the Vanguard Prime theme song.

Be nothing short of an obsessive geek, I ended up putting together two songs. Now, I’m by no means a musician, so I’ll happily admit that both these tracks are pretty rough around the edges. That said, I’m still fond of them. In fact, my favourite of the two would have to be the track I called ‘Power Up!’


Of course, that’s not to discount the first song I put together when trying to come up with a Vanguard Prime theme, which I called ‘Gods & Overmen’ (incidentally, that was one of my original suggestions for the title of Goldrush).


You may agree that it lacks the energy of the first song, but I like to think it has a certain grandeur to it. Of course, that may just be how it sounds to me. Perhaps time and perspective will convince me how misguided I was in not only producing these two songs, but also in uploading them to the internet. 

That said, I have to admit that the teenager-who-wanted-to-be-a-rockstar inside of me is pleased to have had the chance to finally make a little music. Of course, if I end up quitting writing to pursue a self-produced hip hop career…

…even if it’s for a mockumentary…

…you have my permission to quietly take me aside and advise me against it. I might not want to hear it but I’ll thank you in the long run.

‘Til next time.

Published by Steven Lochran

Steven Lochran is the author of the upcoming Middle Grade Fantasy series PALADERO, as well as the teen superhero series VANGUARD PRIME. He lives in Melbourne with his wife, two cats, and an unreasonably large toy collection.

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