When Velvet Radio producer Dan Brown expressed interest on doing a feature on NYCTalking, I had no idea what I was walking into. In fact I still don’t know what I walked into. First and foremost I wondered if he was a fan of the Davinci code. Ehhh? Eh? Eh? See what I did there? Get it? Dan Brown, Davinci code? Davinci Code, Dan Brown? No? Ok. Sorry.
Being unfamiliar with Dan and his Velvet Radio show I did what any self respecting writer would do in this day and age, I googled him. In the process I also googled the actual show, and I googled each of the show’s hosts. After googling the googs out of them all, I went and I listened to the talk show. The show is quite entertaining by the way, within the first 10 minutes or so I learned that Justine has a great eye, and she can see things coming from a mile away (inside joke). After this I then visited each of their web pages and familiarized myself with all of them.
Truth be told, once I confirmed that these were all real people and that it was highly unlikely that I’d wake up missing a kidney or something, I knew that I was interested in talking to these folks. Any further research was simply to check out exactly how they interacted, and to be frank with you I wanted to see how hot the girls were. I wasn’t disappointed with the results of my research, they are all pretty hot and quite talented. The show is entertaining, definitely not for the reserved conservative types, although I’d argue those types need it the most! It’s definitely an adult themed show. I like it, I enjoy the topics they cover.
Here is an official description of Velvet Radio:
“Velvet Radio is a sexually themed Internet show featuring celebrity interviews, dirty game shows, and sex talk as well as personal confessions and a bizarre newscast. The show can be heard on a number of adult and mainstream websites including http://velvetxxx.com.”
Side note: The aforementioned site is definitely what it sounds like. Those three x’s are not a typo. Do not go there if you are under 18 or if you have an aversion towards seeing naked bodies. You CAN hear the show and not browse anything else on the sight, but I have to give you fair warning that the visual adult content is right there on the front page when you arrive. You know, in case the 3 Xs in the url didn’t make that clear enough for you.
When the time finally came and I met the show’s crew, I was initially intimidated and uncomfortable. However by the end of the segment I felt relaxed and comfortable talking with them all.
Without taking away from their own style, and their own methods, if someone asked me “Angel what is this show like”, the most popular name that I know that could possibly be used as a reference would have to be Howard Stern. I am sure that the producer and hosts would all acknowledge that the Howard Sterns of the world definitely pioneered this genre of radio.
On first glance the producer struck me as a quiet, rather reserved gentleman. He’s soft spoken and gives off a very mellow vibe. Aren’t these the exact qualifications for someone that produces an adult themed show? When I asked him if he wanted to be on video he said “Nobody wants to see me, film them”. I will say that despite the mellow appearance the man is sharp, observant, concise and clear on what his vision is. He noticed and expressed his view on some details and items that I barely even noticed.
The hosts, now that’s a completely different story. These women are each outspoken power houses in their own rights. Following is a little background on the ladies:
“The show is hosted by three females– stand-up comic, Justine Llanes (which has also joined NYCTalking with a dating and sex advice segment), actress, Tamara Thelander and professional dominatrix, Elena De Luca.”
Unfortunately Tamara was unable to attend the interview, but we spoke on twitter and she was with us in spirit. I look forward to meeting her in the not so distant future. The two ladies that I did get to meet, Justine and Elena were exactly what I expected, 2 lively, spunky, funny and sexy women. Both of them were vibrant and ready to go!
After some brief introductions, discussing where to sit, and providing some idea as to where to go during our talk I took out my camera. In fact I wanted to catch them in their natural state so I started recording earlier and didn’t say anything. #Creepermode 10! So none of us really had a plan, I sure as hell didn’t, we just went with it and it worked out great. We spoke about the show, about what each of them did and how they contributed to the project, among many other things.
Elena is a professional dominatrix, which is basically what you think it is. Slaves, whips, and all that good stuff. I checked out her site before meeting her, it’s definitely dominatrixy (is that a word?). This aspect of her life isn’t apparent in regular conversation though, I wonder if that is a good thing or a bad thing? Considering that this is her livelihood, I think it’s a good thing, it is only logical that she doesn’t just give away her dominatrix skills for free. I confess that I was a little nervous about meeting a dominatrix in real life, they are a bit scary in porn. (Wait, I don’t watch porn, what am I saying). Hah! *whip sound*
Justine is a standup comic, and that does come across in speaking to her. In fact both Justine and Elena are hilarious in their own ways. During our interview we discussed a segment from the radio show where Justine shared an intimate encounter with an asian guy and her walk of shame out of his place after words (see above inside joke). There is a lot more to Justine though, she’s been all over, from acting to pageants and now talk radio.
Midway through random discussions and laughter we somehow entered the topic of how to successfully gain back door admission from your partner. The ladies had two very differing views on this topic. We discussed beginning with finger insertion, Elena favors discussion before hand or she’ll introduce you to some pliers that she keeps just for such occasions. “Even if I want it there are like 10 minutes of warmup that need to happen before we begin”. Justine on the other hand feels that discussion kills the moment and prefers that you just go for it, “If I don’t jump away and squeal, then I like it, just go for it”. So you have a 50/50 chance here fellas. She may be down, or you may lose the finger. Attempt at your own risk.
We spoke a good deal, I’d say we spent close to an hour of chatting. I received an invitation to visit the show with my wife, an invitation my wife promptly refused. Hah. She’s very shy and reserved about anything sex related. However we have introduced a “sex advice” column for NYCTalking, at this time Justine is writing these for us. Great articles by the way. At some point, if invited I’ll visit the show and share my experience here.
An honorable mention goes out to the silent friend which patiently sat and watched all the madness between me and the hosts. Stay tuned for the video portion of my interview with Elena and Justine! That will be posted very soon and was a lot of fun to record. *Tech crap disclaimer* I recently rebuilt my home computer with the Linux operating system, and doing editing work is proving to be slightly more challenging than on a windows pc. *End Tech crap disclaimer*
Just a life long New Yorker sharing the journey through my lens. Please take note of a post’s date. The views I express here are subject to change and evolving as I grow and learn.