Sometime ago, my roommate showed me a video in black and white with just a beautiful girl singing and ranting on a mellow and dark sound, a strange mix of morbid and sexy. Simple video, but with such a strong atmosphere.
It was the video of Shivers from Angels Dust, a duo from Los Angeles that been producing and experimenting on darker synth and sounds for some time. Their sound ability to create atmospheres shows that there is plenty more to be explored and we can’t wait to get our ears on their full EP.
I contacted the singer Flavia Ciampi for a few words.
Can you give us a little background on Angels Dust? How and where did it started?
Angels Dust all began when I met David Lampley, AKA Psychopop in 2011. He’s a prominent music producer in the Southern Ca. area who had already made a name for himself as part of the duo Skrapez with another producer, Tenshun. After mentioning to a friend the style of music project I was interested in trying to be a part of, she suggested I meet David.
David is always producing music, he already had a huge library of beats to choose from when I met him. So a couple of the beats on our songs were just hanging around like the ripest fruits, just waiting to be picked!
It all started when after our mutual friend, Nicole, introduced us and he emailed me some of his work. I uploaded his tracks and sang over them. I’d send them back to him and he’d add to it if he wanted to.
What sets your mood when creating / writing music?
If you hear Angels Dust’s songs, I’m pretty sure you can tell what sets my mood! But, for those who haven’t listened to them, I’d say what sets my mood when creating anything (music, writing, poetry, photography); is what is inside me. My unbearable emotions. Even if they’re good ones, it’s too much! I have to get it out. It’s bubbling up, and steaming, I’m about to burst and I have to get it out somehow. Most usually, it comes out of me in song, but there are times when I express it in other art forms.
When I first heard Angels Dust it sounded to me as a hazy mix of morbid and sexy; That intrigued and immersed me into the music. Are there particular atmospheres, feelings that you try to explore with your sound?
When Angels Dust came into existence David was sending me his atmosphere, or sound, and so I just orbited around his moon. It wasn’t hard at all. I completely vibed with his whole sound. I think I knew what he was trying to say, but maybe just didn’t want to say it. So I took the microphone and said it for him. If it comes across as morbid it’s most probably because I contemplate our mortality a lot, on a unrestrained basis. It’s fascinating to me. As for the sexy part, David can’t help it.
Who / what you think are the biggest influences on your sound?
Our biggest influences begin with Portishead. When David and I first met, it was the first thing we went on and on about. We are both huge fans. I’m also influenced by Henry Nilsson, Otis Redding, Diana Ross, Nico, Robert Smith, Ian Curtis, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, Aaliyah, Mary J. Blige, Hope Sandoval, Thom Yorke, Massive Attack, Poe, Zero 7, Delores O’Riordan, Kathleen Hanna, Karen O., Skrapez, and Melissa Lafara.
David’s: Broadcast, Gonjasuji, Gaslamp Killer, Skrapez, Can, Prayers, Beatles, and David Lynch.
I saw that you have played with Prayers on the past, is there a scene going on with bands that have this kind of darker and synth sound?
I believe this scene that we may have been lumped in to – with the darker synth and sound – hasn’t just popped up out of nowhere, it’s been around. Those who love this sound have been keeping it alive and bleeding. I feel maybe now there’s a larger audience that is receptive to it. I think a lot of people are waking up from their day dreams and realizing they want to feel everything. They don’t want to sleep through life anymore. And maybe this type of music translates their life in ways that they hadn’t been able to. Or had been trying to avoid. Sometimes it feels good to push on a bruise.
Any bands you recommend?
Bands I recommend are definitely all of the ones I mentioned before as influences, but you’d be amazed by the talent in your very own backyard. Check our your local shows in whatever city you’re in. There are so many talented beings in this world who just want to share their gift with you. You can turn on the radio and be told what is good, and may or may not be, or you can go out and discover for yourself what touches your insides. What makes your stomach turn. Songs that reach down your throat and grab your heart and send you home wounded and haunted, but consoled. If hearing music isn’t a cathartic experience for you, you’re doing it wrong.
More recommendations: Skrapez, The Lumps, Wild Honey, Lillith Velkor, Mystery Cave, Ultra Gash, The Widows, All Leather, OE, Mood Swing King, Joy, Sacrimonti.
You’re about to go on tour with Hit+Run, have you been always connected to the crew? How’s the experience of working with them been?
The Hit and Run Crew happened to be at the first official show Angels Dust played. We were fortunate enough to play with some big hitters that night. Brandy from HNR said he was impressed and got our info and began to keep tabs on us. He was always real cool and super helpful and got the ball rolling for our album to be pressed. It will be available in August ’15.
Any tour dates set?
We have a tour being organized at the moment in Europe for the end of this summer (2015). Countries we’re in the works of being contracted to play in are Turkey, Greece, Italy, Austria, Poland, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and France.
I love the videos you guys done for Shivers and Funeral, I think they translate the sound into images really well. How was the process behind the production of them? Did you also got involved in the scripting process?
The Funeral video was the first one released. It was edited by Lumiere Soto, and we just asked that she produce her vision of our song with her style, using her choice of footage. We were stoked on the new dimension she gave to the song. I feel the video fits the song like a dream. For the Shivers video, a friend of ours, Trixie Rixie, helped me take the song another step further. She gave it a little more life with a little peek of who I am and what I’m like. The basic idea of the video was mine, but Trixie had a lot of great additions that blended effortlessly and I feel the end result is wicked good. David doesn’t like being in any videos, so I guess he’s always going to be an enigma.
Whats in the future for Angels Dust?
I can’t speak for David, but I don’t concern myself with the future or the past, I focus on the right now. And right now, I want to sing my heart out. I hope one day you hear me.
I really dig the sound you been producing, I think its very intriguing and I can see theres a lot of amazing things to come. Much love and good luck on the road!
Thank you, so much for you interest in me, it was so kind of you to interview me!