For every artist that ebbs and flows with whatever sound is "selling" at the time, there is one who stays equally true to their own style, consistently releasing music that is a true reflection of their own personality and taste. Green Velvet, dance music veteran of over two decades, is a foolproof example of the latter. Born and raised in Chicago, Green Velvet (also known as Curtis Jones) has had his hand in the house music game for awhile. Not only releasing music under several monikers (namely Cajmere & Green Velvet), but also successfully running two separate labels (Cajual & Relief Records) and maintaing a demanding schedule, he has arguably mastered the musical lifestyle that some of us only dream of.
WL: Outside of dance music, what do you listen to in your down time? GV: Classic House, 70s Funk and Gospel
WL: It seems as though a lot of young, aspiring producers in today's world have a very "instant gratification" mentality- that is, they want to gain recognition quickly, even though they often haven't paid their "dues." What is your advice to this new generation of producers? GV: Go for it!
WL: You've been a part of dance music for 20+ years now. In your opinion, what is the biggest positive change you've seen? What's the biggest negative? GV: The biggest positive...it doesn't cost a fortune to make good quality music. The biggest negative...my vinyl is collecting dust.
WL: Your collaboration with Pleasurekraft, "Skeleton Key," is out July 6th. This is the third project that you've done with them- what is it that keeps bringing you together to create music? GV: We both have an intense passion for high quality productions.
WL: In the last year, you've worked with Harvard Bass, Phil Kieran, Jamie Jones, and Russoul, among others. Is there anyone else who you'd like to work with that you haven't yet? GV: Maceo Plex, Kraftwerk, Grace Jones, Afrojack, Lenny Kravitz, Bobby O, Stevie Wonder, Len Faki and Giorgio Moroder.
WL: Both names that you've released music and performed under (Green Velvet & Cajmere) are references to fabric; was that a coincidence or is there a reason behind it? GV: Coincidence.