HOW DID YOUR NAME ORIGINATE?
“Floriane Andersen “Onyx”: lead singer and song writer - I chose Onyx as a stage name when starting out as a solo artist. It originates from the semi-precious stone that symbolizes force and balance, and, to me, the beauty in darkness. As time went by, the project evolved into something bigger and became a full band. From one voice it became a vocal trio and the name Red Lips was added to symbolize the two other singers. The lips symbolize the voices and feminity. Our lyrics are politically engaged; We want to represent the voice of women. Also, black and red are part of our visual identity and putting on red lipstick for live performances is part of our persona. It embodies our essence.”
WHERE WAS YOUR FIRST GIG AND HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE THERE?
“Onyx - Our first gig was in a Parisian venue called The Klub. Funny story: the gig was announced as Onyx, and a part of the people who came thought they were about to see a NYC hardcore band named Onyx. As you can imagine, our styles are quite different!”
WHEN WAS YOUR LAST DAY OFF AND WHAT DID YOU DO WITH IT?
“Onyx - Last day off was in Brooklyn, wandering in Williamsburg, looking at vinyls that I couldn’t afford.”
WHAT IS SOMETHING - APART FROM YOUR PHONE OR WALLET - THAT HAS TO BE IN YOUR VICINITY AT ALL TIMES?
“Onyx - Something very girly that I am ashamed to admit, but I always have a eyelash-curler with me. All joking aside, I always wear an onyx ring. All my rings have different meanings and represent who I am.”
WHICH SONG BY ANOTHER ARTIST DO YOU WISH YOU'D WRITTEN?
“Onyx - I’m strongly influenced by Banks lyrics, especially her first album “Goddess” (2014). So many songs of that album felt as if I wrote them myself. She has such a personal way to talk about breaks-up and grief. The song “Invisible” on our album resonates with her way to talk openly about her sorrow.”
WHAT'S BEEN THE MOST SURREAL FAN MOMENT?
“Onyx - Someone once approached me saying that not only he loved our music but that he wanted to create a collection of jewelries inspired by our universe. To this day we still wear some of his creations in our live performances.”