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On June 9th, prodigious rock musician Jupiter In Velvet will release a new album entitled ‘In2 the Arms of Love’. The first single out of the box is called ‘Til the End of The World’ - a rather groovy little tune that could be visualized as Bowie and Hendrix doing a school project together for their abnormal psychology 301 class. Check out the video directed by JC Verona, the much talked about up and coming director from the UK.
So who exactly is Jupiter In Velvet? He’s a rock musician and songwriter. “A rock musician you say, I thought they were a dying breed?” Not quite, in fact not even close. Rock music is like the shape shifter in Terminator 2 and Jupiter In Velvet is one of its new evolutionary breed of aficionados. You could say that Jupiter is a musical cross-dresser, a transgenre musician with extensive rock roots and a big sonic wardrobe to keep things interesting. And to feed your curiosity even more, he writes very compelling, thought-provoking lyrics, looking at personal and social issues through the lens of spirituality.
Jupiter In Velvet’s music is an unusual mix of different time periods and rock styles. One moment the song draws you in with a thread of familiarity and the next moment it surprises you with the unexpected. Regaled by critics for his masterful songwriting, Jupiter is a bit of a song seamstress weaving together the musical history of our lives into a colorful new aural tapestry, connecting the past and present to create a new musical tangent. Drawing on influences from Little Richard through the White Stripes, one can hear bits and pieces of Led Zepplin, Hendrix, Bowie, Beatles, U2, Nirvana, Velvet Revolver, Black Keys, Artic Monkeys, The Ramones, Prince and many more. Among the labels the music press and bloggers have given his music include; ‘Alt-Pop Psychedelic Rock’, ‘Electro Dance Rock’ and ‘Alt-Punk’ to name a few. But no matter how one tries to label Jupiter In Velvet, the label will never stick for his music is simply him and he is always evolving.
All of those who meet Jupiter have the dichotomous feeling of meeting someone they’ve always known, yet have never met. Jupiter In Velvet is a man with a rather unusual background. Originally from the US with an English, Irish and Scottish heritage, he has been a musician nearly all of his life, learning the drums at 9 and playing gigs with his first band at age 10. In his teens he taught himself to play guitar, keyboard and singing, and began his songwriting development. His professional music career slowed down as he went off to college, getting a BA in marketing & psychology and an MBA in finance, before starting his PhD in finance. During his first semester working on his PhD, Jupiter stumbled into a chance trip to South Africa where he had an epiphany; Life was too short to place money in front of happiness and to not go after one’s dreams. Jupiter came back, finished the semester, quit school and moved to LA. He went on to play and tour for many years with a string of bands as lead guitarist and singer including: Big Mic & the Metallic Marauders, Zuzu’s Petals, Woolton Parrish and 2MorroW EvR AfteR. Finally, after limited success, Jupiter moved to the UK in 2011 to remake himself and merge his vast musical influences and interests to create something new, compelling and uplifting. And thus, Jupiter In Velvet was born, releasing his first album in 2012 ‘Screaming The Love Behind The Scars’ to much critical acclaim. Michael Morrison of EVOR Magazine said this: “In close, most famous artists out there have “it”, I’m not so sure what that is but Jupiter In Velvet has whatever “it” is.” Today Jupiter In Velvet’s music is played in over 70 countries on 6 continents.
Jupiter In Velvet followed up his debut album’s success with ‘Shut Off Your Mind’ in 2013 again to staggeringly good reviews. Ann Hollister of Skope Magazine had this to say: “I see Jupiter In Velvet as a modern day David Bowie with a Rick Ocasek flair.” In 2014 Jupiter released ‘Glitter On the Sun’ to even more critical praise. Joe Wawryzniak of Jersey Beat wrote: "Jupiter In Velvet rates highly as one of the most exciting and original artists of current vintage". 2015 saw the release of a much heavier album called ’The World DIdn’t Start With U’, from Jupiter In Velvet. The title track is still receiving regular airplay on stations in the US and UK. Lance Wright of Indiemunity Blog wrote: “The title track is a wildly energetic guitar workout with pulverizing percussion that beats the speakers hard, but never fails to swing. It’s an abiding element throughout the album’s songs that recalls the best rock albums of yesteryear.“ 2016 saw Jupiter In Velvet release a psychedelic-tinged effort called ‘The ONE In The Many’, that soared on many college charts while producing a wide variety of mesmerizing songs like ‘Peace This Thing Together’ and ‘Everyone’s Looking 4 Something They Can’t Find’, whose videos together pulled almost a million views on youtube. Mindy McCall of Music Existence blog said this about The ONE In The Many: “It is a fully realized songwriting and musical effort that feels like the product of a polymath who has music literally flowing from his fingertips.”
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