Crowd Surfing, Doggystyle and Curly Hair. Pwetty Sessions Presents: Nightline with Pants Velour

March 24, 2015

Good evening everybody I’m Matt Laur…oh who am I kidding, it’s Le PweTty one GleEsh. I’ve been pimping out butterflies across the globe (Well not really, but you get my drift) I’ve been gone here and there, met some people here and there, let’s just say I’M AROUND. Anywho, while I’m still looking for work, A.R.T.S.Y Magazines Merc with a mouth of a writer, a.k.a PweTty GleEsh has met with a group that not a lot of people know about, but should because of their sound.

Ladies and gentleman I give you PANTS VELOUR, TA-DAH, quick shots about them they infuse Hip-Hop, Pop, Rock and Soul together like its some sort of 5th grade science experiment. Which is awesome since they dropped a Pwetty project last year called The Quest for The 7 Jones. Now rather then me keep talking let’s give the floor to Pants to talk the talk alongside in this dateline special report…

 

GleEsh – Raff tell me, how’d you guys meet?

Raff – We met up in central New York, in college. It was the two of us [Eli and Raff], our guitar player Sam, then we moved to the city and met Niki, Jordan, Nophi [Cenophia] and Richard who were born and raised in the city.

(And then POOF Pants Velour was formed like we were the justice league only LESS FIGHTING)

GleEsh –Eli, what’s the story behind the name “The Quest for The 7 Jones”?

Eli – My first apartment was 7 Jones Street. We were grinding and hustling in order to make it in New York, we had 7 people in the band at that time and it was an adventure with all seven. Jones Street is the street in Bob Dylan’s The Freewheelin’ cover. So we just put all that stuff together and we decided the name was meant to be.

 GleEsh – Ok who’s fault was it that leaked the song “Happy Birthday Jesus”? Because it’s cool, but it’s all over the place.

 Raff – Did you see the video?

 GleEshie – No, I don’t know if my soul is ready for it yet.

 Raff – Well ready or not here it is.

Eli – We wanted to remind people that Christmas is Jesus’ birthday and nothing else. We wanted to completely show out to people by reciting facts with a sprinkle of Velour in it. We did it around thanksgiving and wanted to do a holiday song but nothing typical or boring.

Raff – When we were going through beats we had, somebody just said “Happy Birthday Jesus,” and the seed to grow the tree which is “Happy Birthday Jesus” was created. Creatively, we could not NOT do it. We hope nobody was offended.

GleEsh – Naw Naw I wasn’t B, just felt some salt in my hands, but it’s cool.

Eli – We just wish to be authentic to ourselves, if we come up with an idea no matter how crazy it is, if we believe in it, think its meaningful then we’re going for it.

GleEsh – Ok, so now origins, how’d you guys start rapping?

Raff – When I was younger for Hanukkah I received Snoop Dogg’s DoggyStyle on CD, I remember my dad picking me up from the JCC (Shouts to the JCC) and he used to always blast it in the Benz. It was like we were in Compton and he was Snoop while I was Dre (*GleEsh disclaimer* raff didn’t say he felt like he was in Compton but I bet the younger raff did… WE$TSIDE GET THE $). Probably middle school, I did it for fun then, I did them for school projects with my boy on the subject then it spun into me doing them live at the college bar, doing “Rappers Delight” with Sam then I did it alongside Eli in college and BOOM.

Eli – Yea I started out in middle school as well, with Jay-Z Hard Knock Life vol.2 and Em in the Chronic 2001. I was also a big Nelly fan.

Gleesh– Even “Tip Drill” (you better have loved tip drill, if not you’re not a real Nelly fan B)

Eli – Even Tip Drill, then a couple of friends of mine where into making beats as much as myself, and so we just formed a little group called Underpar, who rapped about golf (*GleEsh: WHA), just freestyling about nothing, stupid stuff. That was in middle school (*GleEsh: Ok I understand now), then it went from middle school to taking it seriously in college alongside Raff and BOOM, we started KICKING ASS!

 

After we did some small talk and what not about the meaning of life and etc. we get back to the show, with Niki who had just arrived

 

GleEsh – So you have a new Single out Niki called “Done” with Ryan Skyy?

Niki – One of my closet friends does creative direction for Ryan, and so they’ve been working together for a while. We linked up, had a convo we made the song that same night we met up and POOF, BOOM magic happened. I love saying POOF. Also, Ryan is going to drop a remix to our single “All In.”

GleEsh – I know everybody has their own mindset and further down the line wish to focus on their own solo careers. Do you guys see yourself going through that break-up stage or you think you guys will break that stigma?

Niki – I don’t know, I mean I know the future holds success, but I don’t know.

Eli – I don’t know, I want to continue on and be successful with this band, but we have to see down the line.

Niki – We’re not focused on the future but rather the now and the band.

Raff – I always envision a vicious break up in 2020.

Niki – I feel like we may end up like No Doubt, whereas Gwen Stefani went and did her own thing, then in certain scenarios the band comes back together and they go back and forth. But nothing vicious like an N’Sync break up.

Raff – What I love about the band is that there’s a lot of talent all around, individually from Rich to Max to everyone is dope and so longevity is for certain.

GleEsh – What’s the next single coming out form the Pants Velour Camp?

Raff – “Monte Carlo,” I’m pretty excited about that plan.

GleEsh – What’s the song about?

Raff – Basically it’s about a combo of things. Ultimately, it’s about making the most of your surroundings. You can look at it as you trying to be invincible, or everything you touch turns to gold.

GleEsh – What the hell happened in the song “shuffle?” The song sounded like you guys wished to go ape shit on the mic, did any of you lose your breath recording that because it seemed like you guys was going blood on it?

Niki – We were trying to find a medium in our music as far as recording vs live performing. I mean we just performed that specific song so hard that it’s unreal.

GleEsh – yea I peeped and GleEshie likes!

Raff – Yea, that whole thing we did live and so Jordan told us we had to bring it back and not go too crazy.

Well there you have it folks, Pants Velour in all their “velouring” glory (I did not make that up they told me to say that, especially Eli). Shout out to them, Shouts to the plug, Shouts to Kevin Sanon for shooting out here. Oh and be on the lookout for a few thing PweTty things happening at AR.T.S.Y for PAPI IS COMING HOME, and I’m taking my CROWN!

You can follow Pants velour on IG or be a bird and tweet em. Also, you can follow le PweTty on IG and check out DIE PweTty, if you feel like going from the fun loving Pants Velour to “you want to blow up your job because your not feeling well” music then LET ME IN!

Gleesh – Pants in 5 years will be

Eli – On the radio and everyone gon’ EAT!

Pants is New York

By: PweTty GleEsh
Photo: Kevin Sanon

 

 

 








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