Five Questions With Velvet Code

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Award-winning Canadian electropop artist, Velvet Code is back with a new single, “Break The Silence” which was released in August. Collaborating with industry legend Wendy Starland (the woman responsible for developing and discovering Lady Gaga), “Break The Silence” is being billed as a confident follow-up to Code’s previously acclaimed work, which has been featured on hit television shows such as Jersey Shore and The Hills.

Check out the single below and find out more about Velvet Code in our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Hi! I’m Velvet Code, a singer, songwriter/artist and producer, born and raised in a small town called Burketon, Ontario. My greatest passion in life is to create melodies that make me feel something. Hopefully, my experience can translate into a beautiful piece of art that people can relate to and enjoy.

When I’m not making music, I spend my time listening to or playing music…BUT I do enjoy other things as well. I’m an avid hockey fan, and I follow my home team, the Toronto Maple Leafs every day. I love to read up on what’s brewing in the NHL. I also a bit of a gamer…I’m currently taking a break from playing the new Spiderman from Marvell on my PS4 J

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

I’m a big fan of 80s and 90s electronic music, so I like to pull in influences when I can. Melody is the most important element of a song for me. If it’s not catchy for me, I usually close the book on that track and start over. When I’m creating the music itself, I’m a bit of a tech-nerd, so I love gadgets and experimenting with plug-ins. I typically have an idea that I start with, but it usually ends up going in a whole different direction. I currently use Logic and Ableton. I like to pull in analog synths as well, and then alter those sounds significantly through digital means until I feel they fit into a vibe that I’m going for.

Some influences I have from a songwriting and vocal delivery standpoint are Amy Winehouse, P!nk and Freddie Mercury. When I’m creating music, I find inspiration from producers Avicii, Max Martin and Zedd.

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

I’m working on a high-profile tour that I can’t mention yet, but stay tuned! I’ll announce it as soon as I can! But I can tell you what I’m planning in terms of how my show is being produced:

Although sometimes I perform with a band, for the most part, I enjoy performing on stage with my DJ mixer and controller, four keyboards and a mic. I control the lights, visuals and effects, and I mix my show on the fly.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

It would be my new track, “Break The Silence” as it is the most honest version of myself and the struggles I’ve gone through over the last few years. I know it sounds cliché to say that, but it’s true. I really hope people can relate to it and can enjoy dancing to it in the same moment.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

I’m a big fan of Lights. It’s the type of electronic music with melodies that I can dance and sing to. And she’s super nice too. I had the chance to meet her at a MMVA afterparty a few weeks ago. And of course, The Weeknd is a genius artist. I hope to work with them both someday.

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