Over the past decade Kristin Velvet’s life has been devoted to music in one way or another – initially as a promoter & DJ in Tokyo, later as the Australian label manager of UK’s Domino Records. Today she is an essential figure of Berlin’s club scene, heading up the tasteful Arms & Legs records – the label from Daniel Steinberg & Nils Ohrmann – which has featured a long line of killer remixes & releases from respected artists including Paul Johnson, 808 State, Nick Holder, DJ W!LD & Crazy P.
Velvet’s music acumen has been well documented within the label with her own productions gaining support gaining support from many of house and techno’s upper echelons, such as Maya Jane Coles, Dave Clarke and Eats Everything. Whilst most of her material has landed on Arms & legs, more recently Velvet’s productions have appeared on Felix Da Housecat’s Founders of Filth imprint and Cassy’s Kwench records. Geared directly to the dance floor her releases have also received nods from key tastemakers including Resident Advisor who described her music as ‘fist-pumping good fun’ and DJ Mag who summed up her sound ‘high production values and a feelgood house and techno sound that is subtly nostalgic but not slavishly cowed to the classics, she’s continually providing real heat for the dancefloor.’
2018 saw a collaborative project named ‘Cats Love Velvet’ between Velvet and Chicago-bred, two-time Grammy Award nominee Felix Da Housecat. 2019 is shaping up to be equally as exciting with a remix in the works of Jesse Saunder’s classic ‘On & On’ and remixes from Velvet’s own material forthcoming from Louie Vega and Cari Lekebusch.
Kristin Velvet’s music taste is broad and her flexibility behind the decks sees her traversing confidently across genres and decades but always with a keen eye on the dance floor, a place she inherently understands. A skilled DJ who plays with a lot of heart her infectious energy has earned her peak time slots across the globe everywhere from Watergate Berlin (DE), DTLA Los Angeles (USA), Ministry of Sound London (UK), District Liverpool (UK), The Green Door Store, Brighton (UK), Arm Club Kassel (DE), Le Petite Ban Paris (FR), Beton Brut Seoul (KR), Revolver Melbourne (AU) to Subsonic Music Festival Australia (AU).