Velvet Skyline - Sound In The Signals Interview

Faith Alesia Alvarez

I recently had the opportunity to interview Velvet Skyline. We discussed the band’s new single “Circles”, the recording process for their upcoming album, its themes and lyrical inspiration, and more. Check it out below.

First, thanks for the interview.

Thank you for asking us to do one!


Your new single “Circles” is coming out today. What was the writing process like for the song?

Taylor: The song is actually about 3 years old, originally it was a joke song about a toxic relationship, but now it has evolved into being a song of empowerment and signifies the end of a cycle of abuse that kept perpetuating in my life.

Your album ‘What We Have In Common’ will be released on February 5th. What was the recording process like for the album? How long did you work on it?

It was challenging for sure, due to COVID-19 related setbacks and restrictions, Hunter over at Native Darkness made things go as smoothly as he could though. We worked on it for about 8 months.


The album is being described as having a progressive and grunge sound. What were some of the bands and/or albums you were influenced by while writing this album? 

We all had different influences but some that we could all pull from was Incubus, Citizen, and Clutch.


You’ve said the album will deal with the idea of growing into yourself. Can you tell me how that relates to some of the themes of the album? 

We have themes relating back to first loves, first heartbreak, mental illness, and trauma. All of these experiences and how you handle them, while they may be painful, play factors in who you become.


You’ve said “this is an album for anyone who may be lost now, but knows that sooner or later things are going to make sense, and everything will be okay." That is something that most people can connect with at least at some point in their life, but that sentiment can apply to nearly everyone currently as we are in the pandemic as well. What message do you have for someone who is struggling with feeling lost due to the pandemic and/or something else in their life?

Take things day by day, especially during this pandemic. Life is about taking the good with the bad and right now things are not the greatest but you just have to find the good in every day.

What’s the biggest realization you’ve had about life and growing into yourself while writing this album?

Nate: “I realized, especially when we were writing Drown, that it’s okay to grow out of friendships and leave to better yourself. It’s all part of growing up.” 

Taylor: “I realized I needed to work on myself outside of relationships and pursue what made me most content with life instead of doing what I thought everyone else wanted me to do.”


Some of the themes from the album are of falling in love, as well as falling out of love and themes of becoming an adult and realizing how tough it can be. What were some of the lyrical inspirations for the album? What do you hope listeners take away from the album?

Everything was based on life events we all experienced. A lot of the love songs are written from a teenage perspective so it’s really more of a diluted, idealized version of love we’re talking about as opposed to more mature understanding of love that understands things aren’t always so picturesque.


Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions. Do you have anything else that you would like to add?

We want to give a big thank you to everyone who’s supported us thus far, we can’t wait for y’all to hear the album.

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