MISS VELVET & BABY RAPTORS
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE NEW YORK MUSIC VENUE TO PLAY?
MV and BR: We are really loving Rockwood Music Hall on Allen St. We’ve loved playing there individually & now we’re about to begin a summer residency there together.We will be playing back-to-back sets which is an exciting opportunity given that our music has always been so vastly different.
WHO’S A MUSICIAN YOU WOULD LOVE THE CHANCE TO PERFORM WITH?
MV: I think Gary Clark Jr. is so immensely talented that it would be rad to be on stage with him. He would bring such depth to the soulfulness that my music embodies. You can tell he plays from the heart with no inhibition – it would bring a parallel energy to the stage.
BR: My mind is really rooted in creation at the moment. I don’t know who I would share the stage with as my set is really evolving every day, but I would love to get in the studio with someone like Flume. Everything about where his production is and his take on the female voice has entranced me.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING TO WEAR ON STAGE?
MV: I like to wear a combination of vintage pieces from the 60s/70s –mostly trouser suits. It has an androgynous feel that allows me to be an artist, not just a female artist.
BR: I embrace a duality that is represented in my music: 80’s meets futuristic. It’s all very feminine, although I experiment a lot with metallics and technology.
WHAT SONG HELPS YOU WIND DOWN AFTER A BUSY DAY IN THE CITY?
BR: Basically anything Hall & Oates – simple, powerful and happy pop music just wipes the slate clean for me.
MV: Ease Jimi by Nightmares on Wax.
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON?
MV: I’m currently working on my debut album with songs written by me and my band The Blue Wolf. The album also includes songs written by Nick Littlemore (Empire of the Sun and Pnau). The album is produced by Constance Hauman (Moby, Jimmy Harry) and Grammy and Oscar winning engineer Robert Smith (20 Ft. from Stardom, Aerosmith, Luther Vandross, U2).
BR: I’m finishing up a radio campaign in the UK for my first single, “I Am My Only Love” and preparing to release the second single, accompanying remixes, and music video. We are both preparing for performances at the Virgin Airlines Festival in Oxfordshire in July.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE EACH OTHERS’ PERSONAL STYLE?
BR: I would describe Miss Velvet’s style as powerful and rooted in truth. As her sister, I can tell you that she wakes up and goes to bed as Miss Velvet -her clothes always reflect that. I always say Miss Velvet doesn’t own any costumes.
MV: Baby Raptors’ style is an animated technicolor fantasy. Looking at her wardrobe, I think of flavours – like 100 pastel sorbets!
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE NEW YORK RESTAURANT?
We eat together once a week at our favourite Shabu restaurant in the East Village, but it only has 10 tables so we can’t “eat and tell”!
WHAT SONG DO YOU HAVE PLAYING ON REPEAT?
MV: A remix of my sister’s single, “I Am My Only Love” by London underground producer Khool C11ty.
BR: “Never Be Like You” by Flume. Like I said, I’m obsessed.
FAVOURITE RECORD YOU OWN?
MV and BR: That’s like choosing a favourite child. Sometimes it’s Hendrix, and sometimes it’s Beethoven. Our lives are a patchwork of inspiration – there are far too many incredible records and compositions to ever choose just one.