Dark electronic, industrial, gothic rock, cabaret & art song. Dead Red Velvet: the music of Karl Mohr.
Dead Red Velvet is the brainchild of Canadian dark electronic producer Karl Mohr. With a desire to give a focus to his shadowy electronic themes, he chose the name Dead Red Velvet in 2010. Like many acts in the genre, Mohr writes and produces alone, and then employs a larger ensemble to realize the songs live. In 2003, Karl Mohr built up, what would become, Karl Mohr & the Fallen Angels. While he had had various live performances in various configurations dating back to 1991, this was really the first consistent live performance unit. First with ("Saint") Benjamin Mueller-Heaslip on piano/synth, and then Ian ("Revolution") Revell joined them on electric guitar. This formation added various members including operatic soprano Kristin Mueller-Heaslip, film editor Jeremy Munce on the drums, video artist Michael Plourde providing visuals, Carol Bell on theremin, graphic novel artist Anthony Haley on secondary rap vocals and live sketching, and finally violinist/violist Luna Nuna.
Karl Mohr & the Fallen Angels finally disbanded after the summer of 2009, as Mohr took some time to reconsider how he wanted to present his music in a live context. After the choosing of the name Dead Red Velvet in 2010, Mohr decided to retain his electronic bed tracks instead of using a full band, allowing him the on-stage freedom to express with the microphone and electronic instruments. Ian Revell was re-enlisted on guitar (which is somewhat of a clever choice, as Mohr plays electric guitar also in Revell's band Double Eyelid). Luna Nuna on also came back as a permanent member, on viola, this time modified with live digital effects. As a trio, the group has the raw power, and also sensitivity, required for the broad spectrum of emotional spaces and musical range in Mohr's repertoire.
Mohr, on the new band, Dead Red Velvet: "We are still finding our footing and musical balance with the trio formation, but it shows signs of being a good balance between the rigid electronic sounds I wish to convey, combined with the organic musicianship we all crave in a live performance."
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