Roxx Revolt & The Velvets are your new favourite band

BY ELEANOR NOYCE, IMAGE BY JESI CASON

With singles from Run for Cover to King Revolt to Supersonica Girl, Roxx Revolt & The Velvets are taking over the sonic highways with their rebellious message. Their new single, Get High, is out now. I caught up with leader singer, Roxx Revolt, to chat all things Bowie, LGBTQI representation and rock music.

DIVA: How did Roxx Revolt & The Velvets come about? What’s the story?

It started as a solo project. I was looking for musicians to play some of the songs that I’d written, and they all loved the project. I met them through open mics, Craigslist, through friends…it was a long process and it took a year-and-a-half, almost two years to get to the final line-up.

DIVA: Your single, Supersonica Girl, was released in June. Could you tell me a little bit about this song and how it was received by your fans?

People really liked it! It’s an easy-to-listen-to, very fun, catchy song. Whenever we play it at shows, people really like it, and some of them even know the lyrics. When we released the video, I think it pushed the song 200% more than the song by itself. It had a lot to do with the lyrics and it really enhanced the message. It was super fun to create, and it’s fun to play and listen to live.

DIVA: The video platforms the female gaze more than the male gaze – could you tell me a little bit more about the video and what inspired it?

We invited a lot of friends to the casting, and that’s how we found Ty (Tyana), who is Tina in the video. She was perfect for the role. The whole story behind the video was inspired by David Bowie, really. We were reading stories about how these girls discovered their sexuality through watching David Bowie concerts and performances, so we wanted to do a story about the girl that’s discovering herself through the TV, watching a band performing and then she goes and starts fantasising about being there and about her being very confident and sexually freed.

DIVA: Your name speaks to classic glam rock and revolution – could you tell me how you came up with the name?

I was going through names and the main reason I wanted to start the project was because a lot of the time, when I saw a band performing rock music, there wasn’t much of a show going on. People sit there and look depressed, looking down – there’s no stage engagement, and no message behind it. Rock used to be made for human revelation or revolt, and to protest against things in society that aren’t right. I went for Roxx Revolt because I wanted people to rebel any time they came to a show. We want people to be present, and to feel comfortable. We just wanted to make something that was classic. Inspiring people to make rock music is the main goal for me – if I can inspire five other kids to make music and put their soul out there on stage that’s honest and from the heart, that’s all I want. That’s it.

DIVA: You’ve been described as quite an outspoken frontwoman – what does it mean to be fronting this band and what do you hope to bring to it?

I’m a blunt and honest person. The thing about being in a band and being the singer is that sometimes people don’t expect you to say certain things. For me, being in a band is a platform to deliver a message, either in the songs or when you talk to the audience or do an interview. It’s the responsibility I have as a frontwoman, and in this band particularly, I’m surrounded by guys. My bandmates are very contained and they don’t talk too much – I’m usually the one who’s talking.

DIVA: The representation of women in music is improving, but there’s still a lot that needs to be done. How do you think that the experiences of women in the music industry, particularly LGBTQI women, can be improved and their work platformed a bit better?

When I started the band, a lot of people didn’t take me seriously because I was a girl and I was in rock music. It’s difficult to be taken seriously as it’s a male-dominated genre. I don’t want female domination or male domination – I think gender shouldn’t be a thing. In any part of life, gender shouldn’t be a thing. There is still a lot of discrimination in rock music, and even in pop music. I like honest art, and it doesn’t matter to me how you identify – as long as you do equally a good job, that’s all that matters. Gender doesn’t matter.

DIVA: What does the future of the band look like? What are you gearing up towards?

We have 13 new songs which we’re going to put together into an album. This year, we’re also going to be recording five music videos. They’re all going to be a big story and we’re going to put this together into a short film. We’re also going to be touring, and we’re going to try to go to the UK. We’ve been putting a lot of work into getting everything done and ready, and I really think people with like it.

Get High is out now. To keep up with Roxx Revolt & The Velvets, follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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