Hanging Out With MSVG At Northern Nights

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Northern Nights was actually MSVG’s launch pad,” says Michael Scalar, half of the duo that makes up MSVG with Violin Girl, recounting 2016’s experience. “That’s when we actually became MSVG.”

While the two have only been playing as their brand name for the last year, the two house musicians actually met in 2015, at a Burning Man regional in their hometown of Las Vegas. They were randomly paired together to play, without having met before, and the rest–well, the rest is history, as they say.

“I really liked [his] music style and we have similar tastes in music,” says Violin Girl. “And that just turned into a really great duo.”

MSVG take a stroll through The Grove with reporter, Mat Weir. Photo credit: Keenan Fry

MSVG take a stroll through The Grove with reporter, Mat Weir. Photo credit: Keenan Fry

While this is the duo’s second Northern Nights together, Violin Girl has been there since the beginning in 2012. This year, she played the mainstage on Saturday night and MSVG blasted out another massive set at the Silent Disco, another stage Violin Girl has played every year. She says she’s loved watching it grow and the uniqueness of the artists.

The pair have been taking the world by storm with their Progressive House style, literally. Between now and 2018, MSVG is touring Europe–and playing the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE)–along with Africa and Australia. Oh, and we hear Violin Girl will be making an appearance with PartyWave at the Oregon Eclipse in August. It makes sense to have such a widespread audience because their music spans a multitude of electronic genres: house, trance, glitch, tribal, bass, vocal and much more. Scalar prefers to constantly mix it up to keep people on their dancing toes.

MSVG taking a break in the free hammock lounge. Photo credit: Keenan Fry.

MSVG taking a break in the free hammock lounge. Photo credit: Keenan Fry

“We don’t play a lot of the same sets over and over,” he says. “Which is more fun because I get really ADD.”

Truthfully, it would be almost impossible for them to play the same sets over. While Scalar grabs recordings from the universe of music at his fingertips, Violin Girl flows a river of improvised melodies over them.

“I don’t practice. I just get up and feel what will sound good,” she says. “It’s just really organic.”

Getting down to details. Photo credit: Keenan Fry

Getting down to details. Photo credit: Keenan Fry

On July 24th MSVG released their first, original track–”Neshama”–through Stripped Digital. The seven and a half minute song is a serene trip through their desert of sound. It’s warm and spacious feeling until you start paying attention to the slight details: the expansive beats, the rock formations of melodies and a wind of violin swirling around. It captures their more beautiful live moments on stage, when inspiration is at play.

“I think people are sick of seeing just a DJ,” Scalar states. “So we’re trying to do something unique.”

MSVG Rocking Northern Nights 2017 At the Grove Stage

 

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