Artist Spotlight: Green Velvet
Posted: Monday, October 1st, 2018
Bringing Down The House
Change has been a constant theme throughout the successful career of Green Velvet, but as he has crossed genres, explored themes from the comedic to the serious and changed monikers, the common thread running through the music he has made for nearly two decades is its roots in and dedication to the Chicago House sound.
The new century brought a compilation album, Green Velvet, during a brief signing with Warner Bros. Records’ short-livedF-111 imprint, and a production album, ‘Whatever’, on Relief. The punk-inspired ‘Whatever’ explored darker themes than his previous work, including racism (‘When?’), drug use (‘Genedefekt’ and ‘La La Land’), alienation (‘Sleepwalking’) and bending to authority (‘Gat’).
‘La La Land’ went on to become by far the biggest selling track of his career. His live act expanded as he began playing a keytar, with two other musicians – Nazuk and Spaceboy – backing him, playing heavily distorted synths.
The ongoing evolution in the music, career and life of the artist born Curtis Alan Jones in Chicago has been and will continue to be fascinating to watch and experience for his many followers.