Velvin taught himself rudimentary guitar in his teenage years so
that he could join local bands. His knowledge of musical composition
& production skills would come years later. Just to be part of a
band & play music was all that he needed at the time.
his adolescence behind, he continued to play guitar for his own
amusement & began writing songs. Eventually, he decided to try to
do something with those songs. Leeds Music (MCA's publishing arm
in the UK) expressed interest in his work. One of his songs, London
Streetlife was recorded by elements of The Inner Mind (a legendary
white reggae band of the 70s). A tongue-in-cheek effort made the
final fifty selection for the UK entry in the 1982 Eurovision Song
Contest. Entitled, Just Another Song, it incorporated
every Eurovision Song cliché he could think of.
didn't become a full time musician until moving to Spain where he
got together with other Costa guitar slingers to form Little White
Lies. Whilst recording two of his songs as demos for EMI, he took
on the job of producer for the sessions. This experience would stand
him in good stead in later years. Whilst in Spain, he also worked
with American songstress, Judy Peabody, who recorded some of his
songs including Softly Sunday. This was released on
Universal Records' compilation album VOL.5.
to the UK at the beginning of the 90s, he continued to write, arrange
& record with his friends in the music business. He produced an
album by Ian Coltaire which was released in the USA. As part of
the promotional effort on the album, he visited Nashville for the
first time. Eventually, the decision was made to make the move across
the pond where he continued in the field of record production. The
current album, Written On The Hood Of An Old Car, evolved
as a metaphysical journey on two levels. On one level, it is a road
trip thru parts of the USA. On another, it is a personal voyage
thru facets of his life. Accompanying him on this journey are some
of Nashville's finest alt. artists who lend their vocal talents
to the different moods of the songs.