Velvet Code speaks with EDM.com about his sophomore album "Dreamer" (AMG | SONY Music Entertainment) and shares the stories behind the music.
It wasn’t that long ago that eccentric, flamboyant pop artists were putting on a spectacle on stage, while their sexuality secluded from the public eye. Constrained to the societal norms that plagued the uninformed world, those artists would eventually pave the way for future generations of musical tastemakers to showcase their talents in and out of the closet.
Unashamed and brash, one Canadian is following in those footsteps and veering off to create his own lane and make a mark in the industry. With influences like Madonna, Freddie Mercury, Robyn, and Muse, Velvet Code is clearly aware of the extravagant trailblazers that shape his sound.
Check out the fill interview HERE.
Velvet Code is thrilled to announce his remix album for “Mary Offered Ladybugs and Love Yous” to be released on Friday August 3rd, with remixes from Ray Rhodes, Barry Harris, Futuristic Polar Bears, Dinaire + Bissen, Dirty Werk, Hardino, Bad Wolf, DJ Sammm and Velvet Code himself! To pre-save the album, please go HERE.
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Inspiring. Uplifting. Celebratory. The music of Velvet Code is electropop born of deep emotion and a longing for human connection. Dreamer is the second full-length studio album by Velvet Code and it was forged during a time of personal tragedy and deep personal loss. Velvet Code’s Dreamer (AMG | Sony Music Entertainment) album is out now.
“Break The Silence” is the first single off the Dreamer album. The song is an earworm that burrows its way into the listener’s mind upon first spin. Velvet Code’s buoyant vocals bounce deftly above his expert synthesizer riffs and driving electropop rhythm. Originally released in Canada in September 2018, “Break The Silence” has achieved more than 1.5 million streams across digital platforms including Spotify, YouTube and Apple Music. “Break The Silence” aims to remove some of the stigma surrounding issues of mental health and the song was inspired by Velvet Code’s own experiences battling anxiety.
“Mary Offered Ladybugs and Love Yous” is the second single off the Dreamer album and that song is currently charting at #27 on Billboard. Originally released in Canada in February 2019, “Mary Offered Ladybugs and Love Yous” is another strong effort from Velvet Code. This song evokes Robert Miles’ “Children” on the intro with its haunting acoustic piano. Immediately, Velvet Code’s anguished vocals seize the listener with an urgency impossible to ignore. The production gradually builds until the song erupts in a triumphant-sounding chorus. “Mary Offered Ladybugs and Love Yous” illustrates Velvet Code’s skill at crafting catchy hooks and the irresistible electropop production cuts through the airwaves to the core of music lovers’ hearts. Dreamer is a collection of nine original songs dedicated to Velvet Code’s late-father and it gathers stories from Velvet Code’s own life experiences. Though the recording of the album was heavily influenced by a period of emotional turmoil, the album’s goal is ultimately to lift and inspire all who hear it and remind people that there’s always positivity and light if we seek it.
About Velvet Code
Velvet Code (real name Marlon Wurmitzer) is a Canadian electropop artist, DJ and producer based in Toronto. As a songwriter and music producer, Velvet Code’s influences include Madonna, Freddie Mercury, Robyn and Muse. His music can be described as a modern take on 1980’s pop with heavy influences of electropop and EDM (electronic dance music), most notably the sub-genres of EDM known as trance and house music. Dreamer is Velvet Code’s second full-length studio album and it was recorded in Toronto, Canada with additional production in New York and Los Angeles. On Dreamer, Velvet Code collaborated with songwriter Wendy Starland (Lady Gaga), with production contributions from Gavin Bradley, Joe LaPorta (Sterling Sound NYC), Rob Bryton, Robi Banerji and Scott Kelly (Westlake Studios).
Tracklist for Velvet Code’s Dreamer:
1. Controlled Imagination
2. Break The Silence
3. Mary Offered Ladybugs And Love Yous
4. Bound Together
5. A Fire Inside
6. The Night Is Young
7. Imagine People
8. See What I See
9. Pick Yourself Up
Listen to Velvet Code’s “Break The Silence” single, here: https://Transcended-RecordingsAMGSony.lnk.to/breakthesilence
Listen to Velvet Code’s “Mary Offered Ladybugs and Love Yous” single, here: https://Transcended-RecordingsAMGSony.lnk.to/ladybugs
Listen to Velvet Code’s, Dreamer album, here: https://orcd.co/vcdreamer
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Canadian Electro-Pop artist, DJ, and Producer Velvet Code has announced the release of his upcoming sophomore album, Dreamer, set to launch on May 20 2019. via AMG/Sony Music Entertainment. The first single off of the album “Break The Silence” has received over 1.5 million plays worldwide.
This summer, Velvet Code will embark on a national and international Pride Festival tour, with additional tour dates to be announced this fall.
The second studio album for Velvet Code features nine tracks and was recorded in Toronto, Canada, with additional production taking place in New York City and Los Angeles. Velvet Code collaborated with Wendy Starland (Lady Gaga) on the upcoming release, which was produced by Velvet Code, and with production contributions by Gavin Bradley, Joe Laporta (Sterling Sound NYC), Rob Bryton, Robi Banerji and Scott Kelly (Westlake Studios).
Velvet Code’s first single off of Dreamer, “Break The Silence”, talks about destigmatizing the conversation about mental health, and was inspired by Velvet Code’s own experience with anxiety.
With musical influences from Madonna, Freddie Mercury, Robyn, and Muse, the album honours the classic Velvet Code sound – electronic dance music with a modern take on 80’s influences, and additional musical influences coming from multiple different genres including electropop, trance, EDM and house.
The album, written in dedication to the artists’ father who passed away from pancreatic cancer last year, is a collection of stories from Velvet Code’s own life experiences, written with the aim of inspiring hope in today’s political climate. Velvet Code hopes that despite any struggle’s listeners may be going through, the collection of songs on “Dreamer” will serve as a reminder that their dreams are still alive and waiting for them.
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After debuting last week at #47 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs Official Chart, Velvet Code’s “Mary Offered Ladybugs and Love Yous” climbed 8 points to #39, just one point away from Calvin Harris and Rag n’ Bones hit song, Giant, and 4 points away from reaching Madonna and Maluma’s new smash hit, Medellin. Check out the official Billboard chart by HERE.
Velvet Code Releases Remixes of New Single
Velvet Code is proud to announce the release of 3 new remixes of “Mary Offered Ladybugs and Love Yous” by Futuristic Polar Bears, Dinaire + Bissen and Dirty Werk via Soundcloud. You can listen to them below.
Velvet Code is thrilled to announce the release of his highly-anticipated 2nd single “Mary Offered Ladybugs and Love Yous", from his upcoming sophomore album “Dreamers”. Collaborating with industry legend Wendy Starland (the woman responsible for developing and discovering Lady Gaga), “Mary Offered Ladybugs and Love Yous” is being billed as a confident follow-up to Velvet Code’s previously acclaimed work, which has been featured on hit television shows such as Jersey Shore and The Hills, as well as a follow-up to his comeback single “Break The Silence” which has garnered over a million listens across streaming sites worldwide.
Check out the new single below.
Happy New Year! We are excited to announce Velvet Code’s “Break The Silence” Hits 100,000 streams on Spotify! With over 1 MILLION Streams across all platforms, this is the best performing single of Velvet Code’s career. Check out the single on SPOTIFY below.
Velvet Code performs live on Global TV Morning News in Montreal.
Velvet Code was honoured to be selected to perform “Break The Silence” on CTV’s Morning Live in Ottawa today. Velvet addressed global mental health awareness issues while discussing how he met Wendy Starland (discovered and developmed Lady Gaga). Full performance and interview can be found here.
Official Music Video for “Break The Silence” Directed by David Cash.
CHECK IT OUT BELOW!!
Velvet Code was featured on “What She Said 105.9 The Region" with Christine Bentley and Kate Wheeler where Velvet touches on his own struggles with Mental Health, and how “Break The Silence” helped him get through those issues.
You can listen to the interview HERE.
And…a short video clip is below!
Award-Winning Electro Pop Artist Velvet Code
New Single 'Break The Silence'
Musician addresses the subject of mental health with September 12 release
TORONTO, ON (September 12, 2018) - Award-winning Canadian electropop artist Velvet Code is thrilled to announce the September 12, 2018 release of his highly-anticipated first single “Break The Silence”, from his upcoming sophomore album. 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 asJersey Shore and The Hills.
Fresh from signing with the revolutionary AWAL/Kobalt label (representing artists like David Guetta andR3HAB), Velvet’s new single aims to shine a light on the pressing issue of mental health. Throughout his career, the openly gay musician has dealt with varying degrees of depression and anxiety and hopes that messages in his Freddy Mercury, Depeche Mode and Imagine Dragons influenced music will help listeners going through difficult times.
“With this new single and album, I’ve reached deep into my soul to expose the truth about my life over the last number of years,” says Velvet. “When writing Break The Silence, I was dealing with issues surrounding my own self-worth — resulting in this release being the most brutally honest version of me. I hope that listeners can relate, gain clarity, and realize that they are not alone in their struggles.”
“Velvet Code combines the influences of infectious melodies from the 80’s with a modern edge,” says Wendy Starland. “There’s an awesome fan base waiting to sing along with these songs from the soul. Velvet Code is all heart.”
No stranger to main-stream media, Velvet Code has been praised by the likes of Perez Hilton, Pop Justice, and Digital Spy (among many others), and has toured with popular electropunk band Mindless Self Indulgence. When writing his debut album “Black.Blue.Blind”, Velvet worked with legendary producer Mark Saunders (Shiny Toy Guns, Erasure, The Cure) and received the “Dance/Electronica – Song of the Year” award for his song “Say You Love Me” at the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards.
In 2013, Velvet released “Get Outta My House”, which appeared on the Billboard Dance music charts for 15 weeks and peaked at #19. The single also spent 10 weeks on the UK Music Week Upfront Club Charts where it peaked at #3. Since 2013, Velvet has spent his time working on his follow up to “Black.Blue.Blind”, while also writing songs for other prominent artists.
Fans can expect a full-length album entitled “Dreams and Nightmares” from Velvet Code this fall. The album is a collection of real-life stories from Velvet’s personal experiences over the past five years.
“My hope is that people can relate to this album in some way, to know that we all struggle, but it's never hopeless, and then in that moment, forget about their problems and just hit the dance floor,” says Velvet Code.
‘Break The Silence’ will is available on all major music platforms beginning September 12, 2018, including Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play/YouTube, Amazon, Pandora, Deezer, Tidal, iHeartRadio, ClaroMusica, Saavn, MediaNet, and Shazam.
To download the single, please click here.
About Velvet Code:
Velvet Code is a Canadian electropop artist, known for his heavy 80’s musical influences and addictive dance floor tracks. A fixture on the Billboard, Dance and Club charts, the award-winning musician released his debut album ‘Black.Blue.Blind.’ in 2007. His sophomore album ‘Dreams and Nightmares’ is due to be released this fall.
About Wendy Starland:
Wendy Starland discovered & developed Lady Gaga, was honoured by the Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame, contributed to Grammy nominated on Moby’s album Last Night, and was named VH1’s “Best Emerging Artist.” She is also a featured judge on the #1 hit TV show in France, Les Anges, which is in its 10th season. With over 100 songs licensed, Starland has worked and performed with Lady Gaga, Moby, Snoop Dogg, Wu Tang Clan, Billy Ray Cyrus, Capone, Apl.de.Ap of the Black Eyed Peas, Steve Aoki, Sheryl Crow, Jack White, ACO Val Vibrata Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Luisella Chiarini, MTV, VH1, NBC, ABC, E!, CBS, and FOX.
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Velvet Code, an International Award Winning Artist/Songwriter/Producer from Toronto Canada has signed with Kobalt/AWAL.
AWAL's roster ranges from new, breaking artists to global successes, including Lauv, R3HAB, David Guetta, Deadmau5, Tom Misch, Bruno Major, The Wombats, VÉRITÉ, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Yung Lean, and more. As a Kobalt company, AWAL is at the forefront of technology, empowering artists, and driving transparency across the industry.
Velvet Code's first single in over five years, "Break The Silence" will be his first release on this platform, slated for August 22nd. More details to come.
Gavin Bradley is an award winning Canadian Songwriter and Producer based in Toronto, and who has worked with Nelly Furtado, Tori Amos and Velvet Code himself. This is a reunion of sorts for Velvet, as it has been over 12 years since they have collaborated on material.
"I'm extremely thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Gavin again, as it is an opportunity for us to sit together in the studio and truly collaborate," says Mr. Code. "I look forward to hearing what comes of our work together after all these years. Truly a magical opportunity!"
Velvet Code's debut single, "Break The Silence" is set for worldwide release on Kobalt/AWAL later this summer.
Velvet Code was in Los Angeles this week at the famous Westlake Studios where MIchael Jackson's "Bad" was created, mixing parts of "Break The Silence" with legendary mixer Robi Banerji, Producer Rob Bryton, and Westlake engineer Scott Kelly.
Having worked with Rob and Robi before, Velvet was thrilled to be reconnecting two people he calls dear friends, on his first single in five years.
"Since this song is the most honest discovery I've made of me, it made sense to bring in my friend and esteemed colleagues, Rob and Robi into the project. They are all heart. Scott is a young talented engineer who had great ideas as well, so I am glad we were all able to collaborate."
Check out photos from the studio session below.
Velvet Code's new single, "Break The Silence", will be released later this summer through Kobalt/AWAL.
David Cash, a talented video director, who recently joined Moov Marketing Group as Director of Video, has joined the Velvet Code team for the launch of "Break The Silence". Velvet tapped David to curate, direct and produce the video which will debut a few weeks after the single drops in August.
"We are uber-excited to have Cash as part of our team. His creativity and trend awareness will help bring out the meaning behind "Break The Silence", says Velvet. "I look forward to working with David and his team!"
"Break The Silence" drops at the end of this summer through Kobalt/AWAL.