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You may not know who they are yet, but MS MR can already count Jay-Z, Tom Ford and Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw among their fans.

Consisting of Brooklyn duo Lizzy and Max, the pair are ready to release their debut album in May 2013, following masses of online buzz for their 2011 EP Candy Bar Creep Show and song 'Hurricane'.

Digital Spy caught up with MS MR following their headline show in London last month to speak about their first studio set and what they've got in store for 2013.

Congratulations on an awesome gig in London last month. You said you'd heard London crowds were tough, so how did you find the show?
Lizzy: "Wildly positive! London and New York are similar in the sense that they're used to having great music, so it's hard to get people moving and create a unique experience. It was such a nice crowd and this is the first trip for us when it really felt like there were a group of fans there."
Max: "We did an encore and we've never done that before! We haven't had many shows, so that was amazing."

How did the formation of MS MR come about?
Max: "We went to university together in Upstate New York, but we didn't know each other very well until after school. We sort of met during an e-mail exchange, where Lizzy had started a record label and I had started to produce. I was looking for projects and so asked her if she was interested in teaming up with a producer. The first time we got together we were very open to anything that might happen."

What are your influences when working on material together?
Lizzy: "We work on a song-by-song basis, so I think what we bring out of each other is the opportunity to be emotional, and to have that base and comfort level between the two of us, I think that's what is most important."

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Is work on the debut album all finished or are you still recording it?
Max: "It is done, mixed and mastered. We're just sitting on it now, which is so painful!"

Is what we've heard from you with 'Hurricane' and the Candy Bar Creep Show EP a good representation of the album's sound?
Lizzy: "It's one slice of it, as I think each bit of material we've released gives another perspective of the project. Max and I are into collage and mixed-media, and I think our personalities into the tracks and they all sound like MS MR. People will be surprised that it's not all one thing, and that we have some more pop songs, and moody ballads and some country."
Max: "The Candy Bar Creep Show EP is sort of the foundation of the MS MR aesthetic, but we constantly try to push the boundaries of what our sound is."

Will all of your previous releases feature on it?
Lizzy: "The four songs from the EP will all be on the album."

You performed upcoming single 'Fantasy' at the show - how would you describe it for those who haven't heard it yet?
Max: "It's considerably more uptempo than a lot of the songs we've released so far. It's an exuberant, nostalgic pop song."

Are there any artists old or new who influenced you during the writing and recording process?
Lizzy: "We're both huge music lovers, so we listen to all time periods and genres. Overall, there were no conversations about who we wanted to sound like or emulate. On a song-by-song basis we were inspired by an atmosphere or an emotion or the arc of a song - those are the sort of things we'd pull from."

Your debut album is out in May, but what else have you got lined up for 2013?
Max: "We're gearing up for next year to be full-time touring all year long. We'll be in Australia, then the US and we should be back in Europe."

Watch the music video for MS MR's 'Dark Doo Wop' below:

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