Chatting with veteran Chicago DJ Inexperienced Velvet, who’s again for one more spherical of EDC
His title is Curtis Jones, however everyone knows him as Inexperienced Velvet, the Chicago-based home and techno icon who minimize his enamel in that metropolis’s 1980s digital music scene. Jones, 52, has been spinning and producing as Inexperienced Velvet for the reason that ’90s, influenced by everybody from Sly & The Household Stone to David Bowie and drawing comparisons to Gary Numan and Kraftwerk for his distinctive sound.
The Weekly caught up with the prolific DJ forward of his EDC set to talk about performing in Vegas, his EDC plans, working with actor/DJ Idris Elba and extra.
You offered your collaborative La La Land expertise ultimately 12 months’s EDC, and also you’re bringing it again this 12 months. What’s all of it about?For me, it’s doing one thing that pays homage to deal with and every little thing that I grew up on, but in addition having the ability to be numerous and versatile. I don’t assume all of it needs to be one particular style—all home or all techno or all deep home. My imaginative and prescient is it may be an entire combination of no matter, simply so long as it’s good and it brings a couple of good get together expertise and the group likes it. This 12 months at EDC, it’s fairly heavy on the tech home facet of issues, however I’m glad we acquired some people who find themselves actually on the prime of their recreation on this proper now: Eats The whole lot, Fisher, Patrick Topping, Mason Maynard and Eli Brown … and Idris Elba. He’s a film star, however I do know Idris, and I do know he actually likes what I do.
How did you meet him? I frolicked with him in Ibiza. We have been speculated to be engaged on one thing collectively, too, however he acquired so busy—I feel he was attending the royal marriage ceremony (laughs). We didn’t find yourself ending, however he’s very cool and all the way down to earth.
What’s your favourite factor about taking part in EDC?The manufacturing is at all times next-level. We’re at all times going to see one thing actually mind-blowing; from the visuals to the music, every little thing is at all times top-notch. After which seeing the outfits that the children are carrying. I simply love the entire environment; it’s unimaginable.
You’re additionally taking part in JEMAA’s EDC week get together at NoMad. How do you alter up the vibe from taking part in a large EDC set to a chill Las Vegas pool get together? On the finish of the day, the folks on the pool are there to have enjoyable and get together however not essentially on the extent of EDC. However it’s not like somebody’s having a pool get together of their yard. It’s nonetheless Vegas, and it’s nonetheless going to be on a Vegas degree. I are likely to play much more tracks which have vocals in them, as a result of that helps with the pool vibe versus what I’ll be doing on the competition.
Lastly, what are you working in the mean time?Tons of recent stuff. Let’s see … proper now I’ve a track out known as “Wow.” I even have a collaboration popping out with Eats The whole lot known as “Advanced.” And I’m engaged on tons of stuff for the long run.
, I’m not as younger as I was, however I find it irresistible. I’ve a ardour, and that’s what actually fuels me and energizes me and retains me laughing.
GREEN VELVET Presents La La Land at EDC, Could 17. With Claude VonStroke at EDC, Could 18. At JEMAA, Could 19.