I sent Miss Velvet a series of questions and she answered them so simply and beautifully, in what she called “a free flowing thought.” Additionally, she sent a video. Before I say more, watch the video. Okay, I’ll say one more thing, she prefaced this video with the statement:
For me Miss Velvet lives in a whimsical universe, one that’s raw and somewhere between dream and nightmares.
With a name like Miss Velvet, she earns her own trailer and, to say the least, it leaves you wanting, needing more. In the interview I emailed her, I asked her about her experience with Nick Littlemore of Empire of the Sun and Pnau. I also asked her about her past and where she saw herself in the future. She addressed all of my questions with a few short paragraphs. Read them below:
I met Nick Littlemore (Empire of the Sun / Pnau) on one of his trips to NYC. One afternoon we got together and talked about the idea of writing just one or two songs together. An hour later he and I decided that he would produce my first full length album. We were both beyond excited.
I told him I wanted to write an album that told a story from lyric to lyric and phrase to phrase – a whole body of work that would capture a specific time in my life, a time when – as a girl – I didn’t understand loss and grieving and the powerful illusions of men and New York City.
What I didn’t realize at the time was that this body of work would teach me and guide me into a whole new chapter of my current life. Creating this character, Miss Velvet, has allowed me to freely examine myself and explore everything about that time in my life that I had shut away. It felt as though with Miss Velvet’s persona, I could re-live this exploration, yet I could still come up for air.
Check out her track “I Will Stand By” below:
Thank you Miss Velvet for taking the time to think about my questions and for sending an eloquent response.
Photo Credit from left to right: Colin Giberson, Luisa Opalesky (2). Featured image: Travis Spier