Emerging from a long studio session, Porcelain Black dodges the sun by shifting between shadows. The radiant and dour seem to follow the singer wherever she goes, and she loves it. “Everything that I do is a mix of light and dark,” she says. “The contrast represents my music, my hair, my personality.”
Fusing hard-hitting rock roots with the sticky, pulsating beats of 2101 label head and producer RedOne (Usher, U2, Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull, Lady Gaga), Black has created a sound she likens to the would-be offspring of Marilyn Manson and Britney Spears. “It’s industrial, dark, danceable pop,” she says. “Bad ass and positive.”
While visiting RedOne’s studio in November 2009 Black’s vibe and epic vocals made an instant impact. “I wanted to sign her on the spot,” RedOne recalls. “She reminded me of Joan Jett. She’s got it all: the attitude, the talent, the look. She can scream and do things with her voice that nobody can do. She is uncompromising in pursuing her own creative vision. She’s taking everything that’s old and making it futuristic and bringing rock and roll back in her own way.”
Now, signed to 2101 Records via a joint venture with Universal Republic Records, Black is gearing up to release her second single, “Naughty Naughty,” which will be available on iTunes December 13th. The song follows her successful first single “This Is What Rock N Roll Looks Like” Feat. Lil Wayne. Both tracks fuse roaring guitars with thunderous dance-pop, a vibe maintained throughout most of her daring, not-yet-titled debut. “Rock and roll is about attitude,” says the heavily tattooed singer, who was once asked by Courtney Love to sing backup when the alt rocker found her on MySpace under Porcelain and the Tramps. “We’re the kids that belong to the night, but just because you’re a bad ass doesn’t mean you’re a bad person. Rock and roll is about embracing people.”
Watch this space for our exclusive interview with Porcelain Black out later this month!
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