RVA DJ duo Deep Velvet releases new mix ahead of post-VA Pride Animal performance 9/24
For David Miller and David Riley, the new DJ duo known as Deep Velvet hitting the RVA-scene, the city is serving as a make shift “Small Apple” for their native NYC vibes.
And to no surprise, their music is as warm and sensual as their name sounds. Miller and Riley recently put out a new DJ set (below) a hypnotic, trance-like mix with killer beats.
“Our biggest inspirations have to be the roots of house music and disco as well,” said Riley.
The two started creating music together after meeting in New York City while Miller was producing Riley’s EP for his band Mirror Mirror.
While the hustle and bustle of New York City life was appealing, Miller wanted to return to his childhood town to pursue his career.
“I realized the whole time that music is what was keeping me together and I wanted to pursue that,” he said. “But I felt like I didn’t have the time, energy, or money to really do that in New York so I moved back to Richmond to focus on being a better singer and writer.”
Riley, who still resides in New York, believes It’s quieter and easier to focus and be creative in Richmond. The pair have been dating for almost two years, as well as creating their own sound from a distance.
They’re continuing to grow their sound with more original tracks as well as focusing on finding spaces where they can be fully creative.
“That was the most fun about throwing a party for me,” said Riley. “Instead of going into a club where they’ve got everything set up and we just DJ, we get to create our own space.”
With the pair navigating through their creative process, sexuality acts as an important influence.
“When you grow up gay and you go to those clubs and hear that music it feels like your safe place,” Miller said. “It’s almost like your heritage and what you feel comfortable with.”
Riley and Miller have strived to create a “safe place” all throughout Richmond with their regular dance parties as well as collaborations with the local DJ collective ANIMAL.
“My hope is that we connect with other people that feel different or sensitive, Miller said. “I was that kid that was very sensitive and bullied a lot and my escape was music. I would like to be that beacon for someone else too.”
Deep Velvet’s new mix Heat Wave is out now on their Soundcloud which you can find here. Catch the DJ duo at the AnimalRVA Pride Afterparty on September 24 at the Hofheimer Building as well as the Big Freedia show at Strange Matter on October 15.
Photo credit: Wes McWillen
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