Interview \\ Three minutes with VELS Trio
Brighton outfit VELS Trio have created their own distinctive space within the new wave of the UK Jazz scene with their debut EP Yellow Orche. We find out what it was like to work with prolific saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings and Total Refreshment Centre on their first release.
\\ Tell us about how your debut EP was born
This EP is sort of a summary of our time together as a trio. This project has been going for almost four years now, and only within the last year have we felt confident enough in our sound to give our first offering. We chose our favourite four songs and hooked up with the incredible Dan Leavers (The Comet is Coming/Soccer96) at Total Refreshment Centre in Dalston for a hugely inspiring three day session.
\\ What was it like recording with Shabaka Hutchings for it?
We met Shabaka Hutchings last year when we supported Sons of Kemet at Battersea Arts Centre. Dan put us back in touch and we were lucky enough to find a gap in his crazy busy schedule. Cam originally wrote the top line for sax, so we felt the melody would sit best that way. We’re all big fans of what Shabaka does and the energy he brings to the end section of 40 Point is so powerful.
\\ You’re the first release on Total Refreshment Centre’s new imprint. Tell us about working with the venue-cum-studio turned label.
The studio was amazing to record in, the whole experience was a joy from start to finish. Working with a label has been very different to what we’ve been used to, so its had it’s difficulties, but TRC are doing some truly special things for music in London and we’re really happy to be working with them. This EP is a maiden voyage for us as a band and TRC as a label, so it’s been an exciting time.
JS | Tina Edwards