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It’s all about HER: Interview with Veva

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You can’t do an iconic teen movie without a punchy soundtrack. And Darren Stein got it right with the ‘GBF’ – just like he did 15 years ago with the ‘Jawbreaker’ OST. One of the highlights of the ‘GBF’ soundtrack is Veva’s ‘HER’ – delicious electro pop number with a killer chorus: ‘H, my hips, E, emotion, R, the rhythm’ (spelling and pop music always blend very well). I chatted with the girl behind the hips, emotions and the rhythm. Meet Florida-based singer Veva and get to know her story.  

Who is Veva and what’s her story?

Well, that’s a long story, and it kinda incorporates two questions. I grew up in Toledo, a small industrial town in Northwest Ohio, where my best friend and now music partner Matthew Paul only lived blocks away. We eventually met and it was over from there. His mom used to tell him that his twin was here when I arrived at his house. He noticed my pipes when I was about 14, and always encouraged me to pursue singing. Growing up in a poor family it was a struggle. But at my 6th grade recognition people started to notice my talent when I performed ‘Hero’ by Mariah Carey. Fast forward to middle school, and I was in choir, and then in high school I was in the gospel choir. After the death of my sister in the early 2000′s I decided to take the bull by the horns: Matthew and I pow wowed how we would get to the ‘American Idol’. I went but didn’t quite make the cut, so we started researching and after a long drawn out conversation I packed and took off to sunny Florida. We placed Craigslist adds and networked for a producer. Justin Diggs answered the call and that’s how “HER” was born. After that we buckled down in the studio and recorded many other tracks, but it wasn’t until ‘GBF’ that we finally had something.

What’s the story behind ‘HER’ and how did the song end up on the ‘GBF’ soundtrack?

Justin Diggs approached Matthew and me with the demo for ‘HER’ in early 2011 which had a hook but no verses and bridge at the time. I was like ‘Wow, this is a really great track! It has massive potential’. So we did an informal writing session which turned into ‘HER’. And we had many difficulties in the studio: I do believe at one point we lost a bunch of files. It really was an adventure. We then contacted Tom Baker for mastering and once we got it back, we just KNEW! I had the strangest feeling. Matthew has always been fan of ‘Jawbreaker’ so it didn’t surprise me while networking that he would run into the famous ‘Jawbreaker’ director Darren Stein. Matthew made the connection, he met Darren Stein and they became professional friends. Darren at the time was looking for new music for his movie ‘GBF’. Matthew sent him a few of our songs and Darren fell in love with ‘HER’ which alongside ‘Love Gun’ made its way into the film. ‘HER’ plays during the sexy slow motion strut scene and again in the credits and Love Gun plays in a hilar scene with Megan Mullally (Mrs. Van Camp), Michael Willet (Tanner) and Paul Iacono (Brent). ‘HER’ also made its way onto the ‘GBF’ soundtrack!

Do you have a GBF?

LOL Yes: Matthew Paul.

 Is ‘She’s a monster’ line anyhow connected to Lady Gaga?

As much as I Love Lady GaGa, that’s a no. ‘She’s a monster’ just means ‘she’s fierce, she’s on fire, she’s out of her shell’. We had no intent on that at all. Honestly I didn’t know anything about the connection until after the fact.

Are you a party girl? If so (and even if you’re not!) – share your wildest party experience with me. No holding back!

Well, there have been so many!!! Haha, but I would have to say that anytime Matthew Paul and Veva get together…Enough said!

What’s next for you?

Sky’s the limit! I’m working on a plethora of projects right now including a few music videos and more music. So I’m geared up and ready to take on the world! I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for myself and Team Veva! Get your fangs out!

You can get ‘GBF’ soundtrack on iTunes.

Sado Opera: веселые потомки портовых проституток

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Можно бесконечно стонать о плачевном состоянии отечественной музыкальной сцены (хотя сторонники инди-движения попытаются убедить вас в обратном), но куда интереснее открывать проекты вроде Sado Opera. Питерский ансамбль называет свой стиль “электро-панк-кабаре”, прячет лица за черно-белым гримом (и в отличие от Kiss, никто не знает их настоящих имен) и устраивает по-настоящему фееричные выступления, напоминающие детские утренники, если бы их устраивал Джон Уотерс. Прошлой осенью мне удалось попасть на их редкое московское шоу – тогда ребята играли на одной из C.L.U.M.B. Мое сильно опьяненное сознание отметило, как энергично, по-хорошему хулигански и весело эти черти работают с публикой. В Москву ребята пока не собираются (хотя уже пора!), зато часто ездят в Берлин, а в эту пятницу, 30-го ноября, отыграют концерт в питерском клубе “Jesus”. Попутно группа активно работает над записью новых песен, и уже представила в Сети новинку – жгучий электро-майндфак под названием “Follow The Magic Doll”.

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Hedonism Demonism Party

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It’s all about pleasure, fun and some delicious devilry at ‘Mikey Moscow’s HEDONISM DEMONISM PARTY’ tomorrow! It will be held in ‘Darling, I’ll Call U Later’ bar at B.Strochenovskiy, 7, October the 13th, from 9pm to 3am. DJ Laurie will spin nu disco, DJ Red Ray will make you commit a couple of sins to his italodisco/electroclash set and finally I’ll play you some kitsch pop collection from hell.

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Electric Poetic Party

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Another Mikey Moscow’s party’s just days away! If you happen to be in Moscow this weekend, make sure to hit ‘Darling, I’ll Call U Later’ bar at B.Strochenovskiy, 7 on Saturday, the 22d, from 9pm to 3am for a brand-new party. DJ Laurie will spin some funk and nu disco, DJ Red Ray will make you dance to electropop, poet Natalia Vtulkina will read some of her best poems and then I’ll make you dance, jump and scream for your life to my usual kitsch-pop set.

Get ready to be electrified!

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