Indigo Velvet are a four-piece from Edinburgh, currently causing a stir in the Scottish music scene with their tropical brand of indie pop. Having been chosen as one of the 16 acts to appear at the T Break stage this year, the band were one of the stand out acts at T in the Park a couple of weeks ago, performing a flawless set in front of an impressively large crowd. With a series of support acts now under their belt and support from the likes of BBC Radio Scotland, Clash Magazine and Amazing Radio, their profile and popularity is currently on an upwards trajectory with 2016 looking to be an exciting year for the group.
In a couple of years, Indigo Velvet have shown signs of growth and development in their music; ‘Easy Love’ was released earlier this year and is arguably their best song to date. From a simple harmonic start, it builds into a wonderfully layered piece of summery indie pop with bouncy, colourful guitar rhythms and a catchy melody. These elements have become typical of the band’s sun-drenched, infectious sound; perfect listening for summer. With a setlist aching to be heard in the sunshine, the four-piece will be appearing at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, Lindisfarne and TotePool festivals later in the year.
With exciting times ahead, GIGsoup caught up with the band to hear about their T in the Park experience and what’s coming up…
Hey guys, how is your summer going?
[Darren] It’s been our best Summer yet and we’ve still got loads of festivals to play so couldn’t be better
You’ve just played T in the Park! How was that experience?
[Laurie] T In The Park was a dream come true, it’s such a milestone for any young bands career and we were really humbled and grateful at just how many people came to see us play.
T Break is like a rite of passage for a lot of Scottish bands. Where were you when you found out the news and what was your reaction?
[Laurie] It definitely is a rite of passage. I was in work when I got the phone call and I actually started crying [with joy] and then I phoned the rest of the lads and we were all absolutely buzzing, lost for words.
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What other bands did you manage to catch? Any particular highlights?
[Jason] We saw The Van T’s, The Lapelles, Bloodlines and Mt Doubt and some other highlights include; Fatherson, Jack Garratt, LCD Soundsystem, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Craig David.
You’ve been billed as ‘one to watch’ by a lot of people in the industry. How does that feel? Any pressure?
[Billy] When anyone says nice things about us it’s incredible and really flattering, but it’s truly special when it comes from people that work in the industry like press who can boost our career. We don’t feel any pressure as such, we just take everything as it comes and appreciate the support from everyone so far.
How would you describe your music for those who haven’t heard it?
[Darren] We’ve always described it as tropical-pop but we think experts like Vic Galloway and Jim Gellatly sum it up better than we ever could – but that’s also one of the best things about music – people make up their own minds – so come see us and decide for yourself.
Vic Galloway described us perfectly when he played us on his BBC show, “..an effervescent, sparkling, tropical indie-pop sound that is increasingly their own” and Jim Gellatly said, “Indigo Velvet create a wonderfully upbeat sound that can’t fail to put a smile on your face.”
Who are your big influences?
[Jason] We’ve all got slightly different taste in music and we think that’s why Indigo Velvet works, it’s one big melting pot. Growing up we were listening to the likes of; Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Prince, and more recently newer bands like Foster The People, Sundara Karma, Fatherson and Blossoms.
Have you found that your sound has evolved over the past couple of years?
[Darren] Our music has naturally developed throughout the years and after experimenting with our sound, we feel we’ve finally discovered what we’re looking for as a band – it’s upbeat, summery, festival music.
Finally, what else is in store for Indigo Velvet?
[Billy aka Fred] We’ve been working hard booking our first big headline tour across the whole UK, so we are looking forward to announcing that soon. And we’re heading into the studio to record some new songs over the next couple of months – exciting times!
This Indigo Velvet article was written by Suzanne Oswald, a GIGsoup contributor. Photo credit : Cameron James Brisbane