THE TAKE 5 SERIES
Have you ever wondered what it might sound like to blend retro and futuristic music? Well, I wonder no more because Venessa Michaels has done that. The VenessaMichaels takeover has arrived, so sit back and prepare to groove into the future!
Venessa Michaels, a producer, songwriter, and DJ based in Los Angeles, is one of the following great talents. She is heavily inspired by hip-hop and pop from the 1990s and early 2000s and embodies the spirit of a musical trend that raised a generation. Venessa Michaels has produced a sound that can only be described as #2090, inspired by the 1990s yet blossoming in the millennium.
For years, Venessa Michaels has fostered this style, which has led to collaborations with other promising artists. However, Venessa Michaels is now broadening her horizons as she prepares to release her debut LP, Sent From Saturn. This full-length project seeks to captivate fans with a sumptuous blend of house, pop, tech-house, breakbeat, and more. The album’s lead track, “Spirit On Mine,” a soulful-club collaboration with genre-bending singer/songwriter Luck, gives listeners their first taste of Sent From Saturn. Fans may enjoy “Spirit On Mine” and other Sent From Saturn tracks when Venessa Michaels performs at the next Long Story Short party in Los Angeles on Thursday, October 27.
Venessa Michaels indeed shows no sign of stopping, making us wonder what makes her feel unstoppable, to which she answered, “Being around my friends and family. There’s a constant inspiration in being around the people you love.”
To know more about Venessa Michaels, including what music means to her, read our full interview below:
Q: Before we dig in, what’s next for you?
I’m releasing my very first album soon, and “Spirit On Mine” is the first single off the project! I’m super excited about this.
Q: What does music mean to you?
Music is a massive part of my life. It’s hard for me to say I have any hobbies outside of music. I don’t have the words for what it means to me, but I can say that it’s helped me through hard times in life more than I can count.
Q: Is there a song that makes you emotional?
Man! Every song makes me emotional. There are so many frequencies in sound that you can press play on a track, and it can immediately remind you of a time in your life and instantly teleport you right back. That can be good or bad, ya know?
Q: What makes a track a hit?
I think certain things hit different people. For example, I usually don’t listen to the lyrics first. You’d think the story of a song is what instantly brings you in and makes you want to come back for more, but for me, it’s the melody at first. You got a hit record when you can’t ignore the lyrics and the melody hits. I love it when both parts of the song line up, and you need to read the lyrics because you’re so invested; it becomes a song you want to hear for the rest of your life.
Q: Which musical era would you visit if you could travel back in time?
I want to know what people were on in the 60s. Seems like a wild time, especially with The Beatles preaching love through music. I bet that felt amazing to experience.
Q: Who was your role model while growing up?
Q: What makes you feel unstoppable?
Being around my friends and family. There’s a constant inspiration in being around the people you love. They always make me feel refreshed and like I have something to fight for. I don’t think I’ll ever stop trying to be the best version of myself because I want to be the best for them.
Q: What would be on the gag reel of your life?
Probably when we were locked down in quarantine, I was quarantined with my best friends Sherry Cola & Mikey, and we never had a dull moment. When Sherry and I would go to the grocery store and return, we would take off all our clothes at the door and throw them in a plastic bag so we wouldn’t bring in the virus. She would also Lysol wipe my Taco Bell packaging, so my crunch wrap supreme tasted like Lysol. Yeah, that was a time. If you saw the live streams on Twitch, you saw the gag reel live in action and know what I’m talkin’ about…
Q: How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop?
Q: Would you travel to space? (if yes, which planet? If no, then why not)?
Absolutely, and Saturn of course!