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From the very first minutes of listening to VV Brown, it is apparent that she is an
artist to be on the look out for. Her style? You could say she is gathering the classic
hooks of 1960s, creating original and new lyrics (she writes all her own songs)
and creating a modern pop sound that is both a joy to hear and wildly fresh. Her
debut recording called Travelling Like the Light is set for a U.S. release date digitally
on March 16 and in stores on March 30. Not only is she a very talented vocalist

and songwriter/musician, VV Brown is also an innovative fashionista and runway-
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ready model. Not enough? Brown is also a creative artist who is geared up to
release a comic book coming soon. It was also apparent from The Rage Monthly
TERNA interview below that VV is grounded and intelligent about her success so far in
the music industry and her plans for the future.
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The Rage Monthly: How would you describe your sound?
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VV Brown: I love doo-wop music and music from the 1950s and 1960s. I was just
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a huge lover of it all. I kind of made this record alone. And, I’m very much into indie
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music like punk bands…like The Sex Pistols, Blur and the Brit bands of the 1990s.
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This is like doo-wop indie, it just kind of stuck and that’s why I came up with it. But,
the more and more I grow; I kind of changed [my classification] to alternative pop
because I don’t want to be enslaved to 1950s references. This is a Polaroid picture
of how I was feeling at the time.
Rage: I like your canvas of sounds on this. Your song, “Crying Blood…” I couldn’t help
thinking of a speeded-up “Monster Mash.”
VV: It was so not intended (laughter) when I wrote that! I think what it is is that
a lot of songs from the 1950s…I was writing around my one-string guitar, you’re
kind of forced to go into these very classic blues chord progressions and melodies.
I think there are loads of songs that have that melody thing. Because “Monster
Mash” is kind of one of the biggest hits, I kind of took that association. But, I kind of
dread that association. I wish I realized that at the time and kind of changed it.
Rage: A good word for you is “fierce.”
VV: Why thank you.
Rage: Not only did you create this excellent debut but you also model and you worked on a
comic book. Is that correct?
VV: Yes. I’ve got my own comic book coming out. It’s going to be a graphic novel
and the first volume is coming out in April. It’s a really important project to me. It’s
called The City of Abacus. In April, you can go online at thecityofabacus.com and
check it out and buy! I did the story and sketched and worked alongside with my
friend David Lane and a girl called Emma Price. We worked together on it. It’s a se-
rious, serious project. I just love being creative and doing many different things.
Rage: It shows. In your music video for “Leave,” how did they get your head in a box?
VV: (laughter) Ahhh. That was a really hard and long photo shoot. I had to liter-
ally put my head in a box and stand on this circular platform that went around and
they shot the box head bit. I love that video. I really think it’s a really innovative,
fresh idea. It really worked wonders for us. It really helped get our song out in a
massive campaign in France and led to a number one album on this iTunes chart,
which was brilliant.
Rage: You are the oldest of six kids. What inspiration and guidance did you receive from your
parents as you discovered your love of music?
VV: My parents are the best. They were so supportive and encouraging of us in
the arts. Daddy is very interested in art and artistic intelligence and they owned
a school. Their contribution to my career is massive! My mum used to drive me to
MARCH 2010 | RAGE monthly 27
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