Electro Velvet are a British duo comprising Alex Larke and Bianca Nicholas. Larke is a part-time primary school teacher who also performs with a Rolling Stones tribute act, The Rollin' Clones.
Nicholas, who suffers from the serious genetic condition cystic fibrosis, was a contestant on The Voice UK 2014, although she failed to progress beyond the blind auditions. A single she released in 2011, "Hold On to Your Dreams, " sold enough copies to enter the UK Top 100 singles chart. Nicholas also has some acting work on her resumé; in her early teens she appeared alongside Johnny Depp in the 1999 Hollywood movie, Sleepy Hollow.
This up-tempo electro-swing track is Electro Velvet's debut song. It was selected by the BBC to represent the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. The song received a mixed to negative reception after it was debuted. Alex Larke defended the tune to the BBC, saying: "I like the fact it divides opinion. It's better than everyone having apathy for it."
The song was written by David Mindel and Adrian Bax White. David Mindel is a jingle writer whose previous credits include the theme tunes for National Lottery Live and Jim'll Fix It. He previously co-composed the song "Someday" for Olivia Newton-John that came sixth in A Song For Europe in 1974. Adrian Bax White is a classically trained multi-instrumentalist.
The song failed to impress Eurovision voters and finished 24th out of 27 with just 5 points.
Phil Oakey recorded his vocals for "Don't You Want Me" in the studio bathroom. The recording was disrupted by guitarist Jo Callis reaching through an open window from outside to repeatedly flush one of the toilets.