Velvet Starlings is fronted by Christian Gisborne a young indie rock and roll singer, songwriter, producer and multi- instrumentalist based in Los Angeles. He is known for a powerful 60s era Eric Burdon influenced vocal style and a commanding and dynamic stage presence inviting media and industry insider comparisons to Jack White and Ty Segal. Gisborne's early musical influences included British Invasion staples, such as The Beatles, The Who and the Rolling Stones.
Velvet Starlings’ debut self-titled EP on Sound x 3 Records / Rock N Rolla Records was released in late 2018 in collaboration with producer songwriter Roger Gisborne (leader of 90s Brit Rock band “Plastiscene”) and was mastered by Brian Lucey (Arctic Monkeys, Beck, Black Keys). The band wears its influences proudly on their sleeves. The single, “Borrowed Time” is a clear tribute to the sixties era and is presently receiving considerable airplay & review. "Sold Down The River”, the latest single, showcases Dylan-esque lyrics, soulful Hammond B3 organ, gritty guitars and raw blues inspired vocals. It will be followed with an official video in Spring 2019.
2019 has been shaping up to be a great year for the band, who just opened up a sold out show for cool indie rocker “Barns Courtney”. The band will also be heading across the pond for their first UK tour followed by a full US tour to support their much anticipated follow up EP, “Love Everything, Love Everyone” which was produced by Christian Gisborne and Roger Gisborne in Los Angeles with engineer/mixer Josiah Mazzaschi (Smashing Pumpkins, The Kills, Jesus & Mary Chain, and Deap Valley). The music will continue to be deeply rooted in the 60’s but will adopt a slightly heavier sound, mirroring the band's dynamic live performance. The new songs are both lyrically and sonically the next step in the evolution of the Velvet Starling’s sound.
Velvet Starlings continues to receive tremendous support from Los Angeles powerhouse KROQ and other influential rock stations including 91x in San Diego. Tastemaker/DJ Rodney Bingenheimer (who broke artists such as David Bowie and Coldplay in the US on KROQ) has also been spinning the singles on his Sirius radio Underground Garage show as has another former KROQ DJ, Mike Rogers whose radio show in Tokyo, Japan boasts over 3M listeners.
Gisborne’s gritty garage blues coupled with Brit inspired rock has led to high profile festival shows outside the USA, including SXSW/MEcon and Live At Heart Music Festival in Sweden with more international dates ahead in Canada, UK and Europe in 2019.
Velvet Starlings has performed live at 91X, KZFR and KX93.5 and is receiving terrestrial radio airplay in many other US markets including KROQ, KFMG, KOSU, WLKK, WPNH, KEGR, WCOO, WEDG,WRXL, 91X, KCSN and WQRR and even made it on to FMQB's indie charts.
Featured in various “best of” playlists, including Buzzbands LA and Grimy Goods 15 artist to watch in 2019 and recognized in established Los Angeles music magazine Music Connection's top 100.
“SO AMAZING-MY MIND IS BLOWN. SEE THEM LIVE. IT'S LIKE GOING TO THE CAVERN CLUB IN THE 60S” - Rodney Bingenheimer, Underground Garage, SiriusXM.
“Velvet Starlings offers exuberant anthems for any youth interested in guitar bands..., with a bell- bottomed seven songs EP that’ll bring a smile to fans... of legendary artists from the 60s era” - Kevin Bronson, Buzzbands LA
”Velvet Starlings hooky melodies and powerful lyrics are filled with passion that pulls you in right away making the song a standout hit” - Earmilk
“The British invasion continues in 2018. Velvet Starling’s “Sold Down the River” is the best song Eric Burdon and the Animals never did!” - Mike Rogers Show, INTERFM, Tokyo
“Velvet Starlings delivered with their live performances in Sweden... Frontman singer songwriter Christian Gisborne is poised to be one of the torch bearers for Rock & Roll into the next decade” - David Silbaugh, Talent Buyer, Summerfest
“I saw Velvet Starlings at Gibson showroom in LA and was blown away" - Peter Astedt, Founder, Live At Heart Festival, Sweden