Alex Winston

Alex Winston‘s “Velvet Elvis“ is a lovesong dedicated to the kitsch images of Elvis Presley painted on dark velvet. These pictures of pop music‘s beloved icon have themselves been the topic of many pop songs including “Weird Al“ Yankovic‘s “Velvet Elvis“ and casting show favourite “Black Velvet“ by Alannah Myles. Alex‘s little ode can therefore be understood as a token of love for pop music. This falls into place especially when you come to know that the classically trained singer, who used to practice Puccini etcetera for ten years, grew up in Detroit, the cradle of Motown and Techno, and also the home of Madonna and Eminem.

It doesn‘t come as much of a surprise then that Alex strolls through music history like it was her parental home. As influences she cites rock ‘n‘ roll veteran Chuck Berry for whom she was an opening act already, Bob Dylan, PJ Harvey, and of course Motown Records. Steeped in pop history as Alex is we decided to do our session with her at a history-charged place like Tempelhof airport. Nazi Germany‘s flagship building came to save the lives of many Berlin citizens only a couple of years after the war, when Soviet troops blocked all routes to West Berlin. During this time the western Allies used the airport to supply West Berlin with food by airlift. Instead of planes Tempelhof airport now hosts big music events like Berlin Festival.

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