Velvet & Stone
Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with Lara from unsigned Exeter band Velvet & Stone to find out more…
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
The main band members are Lara and Kat - we met back in 2014. We're both from a small village in Devon, UK. We met in the local pub! We are also regularly joined by our bassist Paddy Blight, guitarist Kev Jackson, and drummer Garry Kroll. The band name points to the contrast in our music - the texture of the violin and vocal and the inspiration of the rugged landscapes which inspire our music.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Growing up I was very influenced by the likes of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, and Crosby Stills and Nash. More recently, I'm influenced by the resurgent folk scene in the UK and Europe including Ben Howard, Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling, and First Aid Kit.
How would you describe your sound?
Lush indie folk rock - haunting soundscapes through to foot-stomping jigs. Check out our music here.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
We are releasing our new album next month - two singles have been released so far - Oh Boy in March and By the Water in May. The album is a collection of our songs that we've performed and honed over the last 5 years. It's inspired by relationships, loss, landscapes and threaded through with folk tales and influences.
What's your local music scene like?
The music scene in the South West UK is pretty vibrant, particularly for folk musicians. We're lucky to be inspired by local artists.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We have a busy and fun summer planned. Lots of gigs and festivals and the launch of our debut album! You can check out our gig dates here.
Is there anyone you'd love to collaborate with?
Kat and I would love to do collaborations with Seth Lakeman or Sam Kelly. They're big inspirations to our music and local boys to boot :)
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Many - the folk music and festival scene can be a weird and wonderful place! Probably the most bizarre experience was playing at a yoga festival and attending a number of weird workshops ranging from menstrual meditation to tantric hugging... We'll leave that there.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
We love performing, writing and creating music. Thank you for listening. It means the world to us!