Our interview with this duo is the perfect end to our Double Vision series — a round of profiles that's already included the boys of Immaculate Infatuation, the ladies behind Bib + Tuck, and the BFFs also known as The Dolls. All in all, they represent the spirit of Levi's® ongoing celebration of the those new pioneers who charge out on their own toward unexplored creative frontiers. To learn more about their series of collaborations, art projects, and online initiatives, follow #MakeOurMark on Twitter and Instagram.
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Davies: "You know, music's always been a bond that tied us together. See, we grew up as kids spending our summers together, attending, and later working at, the same summer camp in New England. As Lizzy hailed from London and I was from the U.S., we were always introducing each other to new music."
Plapinger: "We’ve been best friends since we were 14, so, by now, our personalities sort of naturally complement each other. Derek is the eternal optimist, a perfectionist, an insanely hard-worker, and incredibly hyperbolic. I often have to play the role of the realist, which is important."
Plapinger: "My musical heroes and style icons are one and the same: Debbie Harry, Karen O, Gwen Stefani, Shirley Manson, David Bowie, to name a few. Personally, I try to keep it a bit rock 'n' roll, a bit tomboy but still glamorous, over the top, sexy, and ultimately feminine. Most typically, you’ll find me in chunky high-heeled platform boots, high-waisted black jeans, a tight crop top, my black leather jacket, a chunky silver chain necklace, and wire-rimmed glasses. I can’t wait for fall and winter to bust out all my coats (especially colored faux fur) and boots…my favorite thing to shop for and buy."
Davies: "Two years ago, Lizzy surprised everyone by writing an amazing album of her own with her friend Max Hershenow under the name MS MR. Since then, things have properly blown up for them, and Lizzy has to spend a lot of her time on tour. Consequently, our roles have kind of evolved to the point where she’s more of a traveling ambassador for Neon Gold on the road, while I run the show in New York."
Davies: “You know, there’ve been so many good memories that have come out of this. Like, take the release of our first-ever single release on Neon Gold — a double A-side, 7-inch single from Passion Pit with their tracks 'Sleepyhead' and 'Better Things.' It just spread like wildfire at the end of the summer of 2008. Before we knew it, they were everywhere. Earlier this year, they became the first Neon Gold act to headline Madison Square Garden!
Get the same kind of behind-the-scenes skinny on the food-blog boys of Immaculate Infatuation, the BFF bosses from the clothes-swapping site Bib + Tuck, and the DJ-and-violin combo also known as The Dolls and, while you're at it, hear more from other creatives who are breaking molds and taking names, follow #MakeOurMark on Twitter and Instagram.