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Interview – Love Crushed Velet

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Who are you and what are you doing here? 
 We’re a band that’s trying to communicate our life experiences through our music, hopefully in a way that other people can relate to.  Music allows you to express things in a way that is different from the spoken or written word alone, and we try our best to have our music be a natural extension of what we are going through as artists.
How did your music career start? 
 I’d originally started playing in punk bands as a teenager, then moved to Europe for a few years, where I spent time with several different bands and toured.  It was this period that really gave me an opportunity to cut my teeth as both a songwriter and a performer.
How would you describe your music? 
  It’s constantly evolving, but it’s ultimately “rock” in the general sense.  We try to present a fresh face to the genre by weaving in elements of classic rock, postpunk and modern rock.
 
If you had to choose one song you’ve written that best defines your sound which one would it be? 
“Revolution Time”, which was the first single off our new EP, is pretty close to our musical core.  While we feel that we freely fluctuate between various ends of the “rock” genre, that song is pretty much our center of gravity.  We could probably say the same about the song “Love Crushed Velvet”, from our debut EP.
In this day and age where anyone is pretty much able to pick up an instrument, what would you say sets you apart from the rest?  
There’s a big difference between being able to play on a rudimentary level and fix everything in the studio, vs. being able to really cut it live.  When you come to a Love Crushed Velvet show, you’re going to see a high-energy performance that in many ways is more similar to some of the classic rock bands of old.
Where are people able to hear your songs? 
We’ve managed to make ourselves pretty accessible, starting on our website, lovecrushedvelvet.com.  We’re also on Itunes, Spotify, Facebook, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, MySpace….
Are you playing any shows anytime soon.  We’re playing The Bowery Electric in New York City on March 11, and currently setting up a number of additional dates as well.
What is your proudest moment/greatest achievement as a musician? 
Our debut album hit #1 on one of the college charts when it first came out.  That was a really great feeling!
Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?
The Chevin, We Barbarians and 2:54.  We like them all for different reasons.
Anything else you’d like to add?  
We’ve been in the studio for the past two months working on a new full-length EP that we’re quite excited about.  We feel that it has the potential to really take us to the next level as a band…