What are your names?
We are Kat Knix and Plushy of CRISP&CLASSY, a LGBTQ & Feminist musical love affair.
What is your genre of music?
CRISP&CLASSY combines the classic flavours of the 90’s dance and house with current reggaeton and voguing feels.
Give us a little bio about you as a band.
We met in London in 2013. Plushy was still a music student at that point and Kat was a part time DJ, so music made us bond.
It was only after a few years of failing to write anything good together because of too many bottles of wine, when Kat asked Plushy to be her backing vocalist on her solo project. After performing together under ‘Kat Knix’, we eventually decided to officially unite our forces and create something never seen before. And CRISP&CLASSY was born.
Mixing our music backgrounds, CRISP&CLASSY is a marriage between electronic synths, pop hooks, and dance and reggaeton beats. Both of us being 90’s kids, CRISP&CLASSY naturally carries a twisted 90’s sound, inspired by 90’s queens such as Janet Jackson and Madonna. Our mission is breaking preconceptions and speaking about the unspoken. Our love for diversity and desire to break free is universal and gets translated through our iconic bops. CRISP&CLASSY is a spoiled and ignorant child; always in your face, screaming their lungs out to be heard. Because every day is riot day!
What made you go into music?
Plushy was trained in classical piano, but unfortunately wasn’t into very much. Every year he tried to convince his teacher to allow him to play the board with his pop creations, but he wasn’t very successful. This challenged him to pursue pop music even more. He ended up continuing to write commercial pieces and got strongly into song writing. He eventually ended up going to study commercial music performance in London.
Kat Knix was a proper indie rock chick in her teenage years back in Stockholm, she’s always been singing and playing the guitar since her early years. After a vocal chord infection, which didn’t allow her to sing for a couple of years, she got into electronic music through DJ’ing and music production. After relocating to London 10 years ago, her vocal chords recovered and she could combine her love for indie rock and electronic music with her production skills.
Who are your influences?
Our influences change from one day to another. We have quite different musical influencesz Plushy is inspired by artists like Lady Gaga, Bree Runway, Blood Orange and Mikki Blanco, whereas Kat gets her inspiration from Peaches, Prince, Mount Kimbie, Little Dragon and Kaytranada. Combining these influences together, the CRISP&CLASSY sound evolves!
Are you signed?
Not yet! We are therefore calling all record labels who are fighting the same fight as us; who want to join us bringing liberation to the electronic pop music scene.
You released your new single ‘Boom Bay, tell us more about the single
We love writing songs that sound like anthems. The way our first single ‘Suffocate’ was received by everyone was an amazing surprise. We wanted to replicate that and thought ‘Boom Bay’ can emulate the same summer techno feel. ‘Boom Bay’ is an anthem for ALL Bad Bitches, a celebration of our minds, our bodies and of each other. This song is designed to instigate joy and is an anthem for everyone who is ready to reclaim their pre pandemic positivity.
What is the meaning behind the single?
‘Boom Bay’ is a utopian luxury retreat in the CRISP&CLASSY world where everyone is welcome. Here we celebrate ourselves and one another. Let us take you to the golden sandy beaches and oiled up bodies, with a cooling cocktail in your hand right by the ocean!
What was the writing and recording process like?
The first idea for ‘Boom Bay’ came from Kat last Spring. Plushy was working out in Hackney Marshes and got sent a voice memo from Kat: ‘I made a beat and we should make it a song inspired by an 80s aerobic tape with a matching video ’. We imagined it to be the perfect combination between Kat’s reggaeton beats and Plushy’s New York voguing chords over the chorus.
Describe the track in two words.
Summer Forever !!!
Who did you work with on the single?
We wrote and produced everything you can hear on the track. Our favourite mixing engineer Ben Andrew brought it to life and Luis Bonilla at Black Saloon Studios mastered it.
Will we see a Music Video for the single and if so what was the creative process like?
Yes the video for ‘Boom Bay’ will be out very soon and it has a lot of 90s flavour – only to finish off with a sick twist at the end!
Will we see an EP or Album and if so what can we expect from it.
Our album is called ‘X-TRA CRISPY’. It’s made up of Fried Futuristic Electric guitars and Luxury Alien Spit in a glass by the beach – that’s all we have to say. You will be completely infatuated once you’ll be blessed with it!
What else can we expect in 2021?
Album release, launch party, London gigs… Stay tuned!
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
We will have officially moved to Boom Bay. We Will be spending our days sipping champagne from each other’s belly buttons. All our friends will be together with us whilst having unforgettable parties and celebrations that never end!
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
THE SHOW MUST GO ON!
When you’re performing a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
The audience joining the CRISP&CLASSY World with us
How Kats’ Ariana Grande ponytail never lets us down
How Plushys bra always seems to slip
How sweaty we get
Amazing sound engineering