Coming up here at Rev in downtown Minneapolis, SIMshows brings you Green Velvet! Before becoming a professional musician, he studied chemical engineering at the University of Illinois. In 1991, he left a Master’s program at UC-Berkeley to move back to Chicago, releasing his first song,”Coffee Pot”, on ClubHouse Records. He then teamed up with Chicago-based vocalist Dajae for “Brighter Days”, a high-impact and mellower house tune that was released on Cajual and distributed by NYC-based Emotive Records. After its release, “Brighter Days” entered at #2 on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play.
Up until this point, music had been a hobby fueled by cobbling together tracks on his “sixty-buck keyboard, a cheap four-track and a cheap drum machine”. Interested in making something totally different from his Cajmere moniker and other work, he started his own label called Relief Records and changed his pseuydonym to Green Velvet. The first Relief release was also his first Green Velvet production, 1993’s “Velvet Tracks”, which came from a name given to him by a girlfriend’s father. The label became an outlet for his and other producers’ more track-oriented work.
Green Velvet frisked his style up to a darker and more punk-like style, and the more punk oriented songs on his new album apparently came from hours of listening to industrial bands such as Nitzer Ebb, Liaisons Dangereuses, and more “underground American industrial” stuff.
Have a listen to some of his newer music, and don’t forget to check out Green Velvet at Rev Ultra Lounge this Saturday!
Tickets are available here.