Red Velvet Crush

Not too long ago, Jillian Riscoe from Red Velvet Crush got in touch with us about making the band’s new EP available on Murfie! Since the discs are posted and ready to go, the time is perfect for a little Q & A session with Jillian and Daniel from the band.

303462-largeHow long has RVC been around? > We played our first acoustic show in February 2012. Since then we’ve been building the full band.

Where are you from? > Kansas City, Missouri.

How is the music scene there? > Eclectic.

Who are your hard rock influences? > Guns N’ Roses, Our Lady Peace, Deftones and many more.

Can you tell us a bit about your new EP, Smoke and Mirrors, and what to expect from it? > Pop/rock with hints of dance, electronic, hard rock and punk elements; this is just the first to come from us.

“Girls Rock TOO” is the name of one of your songs—and that’s true! Can you explain what motivated you to express that so directly? > We wanted to express that girls can rock just as hard as guys can, no matter what society says.

Is there another female lead singer that inspired you when you were young (and now)? > Christina Aguilera has always been an inspiration to me.

What new album are you really digging right now? > Blood by In This Moment. Bury Me in Vegas by Eskimo Callboy.

What are your upcoming plans with RVC? > Finish building our stage show, touring in the fall, releasing our first music video and hitting the studio at the end of the year.

Thanks to RVC for the interview! You can learn more about the band at facebook.com/redvelvetcrush. Smoke and Mirrors is available in RVC’s Murfie shop.

Shopkeep of the Week

What were you up to on April 15th, 2011? Micah was joining Murfie on that day! (Woot!)

Shortly after that, he sent a kit of about 500 discs all the way from Mequon, WI…to Madison, WI! And he’s sold a bunch of them so far. We asked this hardcore Murfie guy a few questions about him and his collection.
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Murfie: How did you originally learn about Murfie?
Micah: My first exposure to Murfie was completely random. I was waiting in reception, a bit early for a meeting with a client (I’m in marketing), and was paging through their Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Or perhaps it was their WSJ. Regardless, it was an interview with the founders during the first year of business I believe…pretty early on. It really caught my attention because I am a total tech nerd, always looking for ways to digitize my life. I’ve been into digital (web, mobile, etc.) visual design and interaction design for years, and their concept seemed really intriguing to me. It reminded me of my pre-marketing days when I worked at a music shop in CA, turning people on to rare finds and great deals in the used department. And hey, they were right in my backyard…Madison! I got home, went online, and requested a couple 500 count boxes, filling them up and shipping them out immediately. My shop was up and running in no time.

Murfie: When did you purchase your first CD? What was it?
Micah: My first CD ever, or Murfie? Can’t remember on Murfie, but I actually bought two CD’s as my first purchase. Jellyfish‘s Bellybutton album and Presto by Rush.

Murfie: How many CDs do you own (or did you own at peak)?
Micah: Probably over 1200 for a while.

Murfie: How tall are you?
Micah: 6 feet tall.

Murfie: Tell us about your musical tastes.
Micah: My tastes are pretty varied as I have musical loves from jazz to musicals, from classical to some classic rock gems, but what I mainly listen to falls into indie rock, 80’s wave, smart pop, and intelligent heavy rock.

Murfie: What can folks expect to find in your store (if different than the above)?
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Murfie: If you could meet any musician or band in person, who would it be and why?
Micah: It would have to be Robert Smith of The Cure. He and the band have meant so much to me over the years. I’d love to hear stories from the 34 years of history, find out what he’s listening to nowadays…heck, if I’m dreamin’ here I’d throw in a jam session and see if I can get in the band.

Murfie: What is your favorite album at the moment?
Micah: A few, actually. The Joy Formidable‘s Wolf’s Law, No One Loves You Like I Do by The Life and Times, The Goldberg Sisters (eponymous), and The National‘s Boxer, Alligator, and High Violet.

Murfie: What do you plan to do with the millions of dollars you’re making from your Murfie shop?
Micah: Fill out my music collection, buy music gear, record my next album, sell it on Murfie!

Murfie: Which Beatle was your favorite?
Micah: Gotta go with John. He came up with the amazing “bits” and Paul would make them cohesive and string them together, but man…John had the goods.

Check out Micah’s shop on Murfie!

Shopkeep of the Week is a weekly feature that focuses on our most interesting Murfie shopkeepers. These are music lovers like you who have sold hundreds of pre-loved CDs on Murfie and have hundreds more at the ready to please your ears! If you’d like your Murfie Shop to be featured, or if you’d like to nominate a shop to be featured, please e-mail us at info@murfie.com and let us know.