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hello everyone! i am the worst at updating this news section but everyone already knew that. here’s some plans for velvet crayon in 2017:

a new album, “ampersand imperfecta”, has already been released in january of this year! it’s available on itunes, apple music, spotify, google play, bandcamp, all the things! check it out!

it will be released on cd in march!

what else is new.. oh yeah, i entered the tiny desk contest again, my entry can be seen here:

speaking of videos.. i am planning / attempting to release a new velvet crayon music video every month! yes! i have a week left to do one for february but it’s in the works so i think we’ll make it in time!

what else is new… going to do lots of shows as always. want me to visit your town? send me an email!

i think that’s it for now. stay tuned. most up to date stuff is on facebook and instragram. cheers!


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i have started a blog / digizine / a writing thing about my thoughts, questions, and/or philosophy of cripple, a cripple manifesto. i know it may not seem like it is directly related to the art or music of “velvet crayon” but they are actually both the entirely same thing. won’t write much about it here at vcDOTcom but over on the cripple manifesto page, you can learn more and keep up with the writings.

hi! i suck at updating websites. i should get better at that.

here’s new things!

first, i entered the 2016 npr tiny desk contest! i played my song “sleep it all off” and you can view that over on the youtubes: velvet crayon – sleep it all off (tiny desk contest)

second, i released a new thing! it’s called “the first 6 songs of ampersand imperfecta“, catchy right? well it’s a sampler of the upcoming full length album which will be available this spring. if you buy the sampler now, you will receive the full album at half price! yes!

third, upcoming shows!
january 29th – sideshow performance @ roxy & dukes
january 4 – february 9th – new orleans grind show (more info coming soon)
february 11th – baltimore, md (more info coming soon)
february 13th – live at bob & barbara’s lounge, philadelphia, pa (6-8p – free!)
more shows and info about these shows to be announced soon!

that’s all for now. see you next time!

hey! sorry it’s been such a long time since i’ve posted here. there’s been a lot going on! let’s see, where do i start?

first, i am now working at the coney island usa sideshow! monday-friday, until september 1st. show runs continuously from 1pm – 8pm (last ticket sold at 7pm). tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids (under 12), at the door. more info can be found here.

second, the “ambush of the koala prince” tour in may went amazingly. thanks everyone who helped make that possible! special thank you to the most amazing friend & band manager ever, maryn.

third.. umm.. oh! i know i kind of faded away from vlogging but i am going to start that up again with, vcVlog2.0! it’ll start up within the next couple weeks. not sure if it’ll be a daily vlog or a weekly one. we shall see.

as well as working at coney island, i am still going to be doing other shows throughout the summer! then this fall i will be embarking on a two month long tour with the squidling brothers circus sideshow! yes!

so many things going on. remember, keep checking out the shows page for the most up to date shows. and come visit me at coney island! it’s a ton of fun and i’m working on some fun acts for that show. i will try to post here / blog more often. hope everyone is well!!!! cheers!

i have a bunch of upcoming shows! there’s this sunday (march 9) at the slipper room in nyc (facebook event) and then march 14 in fishtown for carnivolution (facebook event). then another show at bob & barbara’s in philly on april 15 then down to delaware for a show on april 19!

we’re also planning more shows, tours, recording, and all kinds of fun/crazy things! as soon as i know more i will relay it all back to you! hopefully see you soon!!!

hey! i’m working on updating velvetcrayon.com a bit. i’ve kept up to date with everything but i feel like things are starting to become a bit cluttered. sooo a little revamp is going to happen. things i want to change on the site, a new bio section (more visual, less textual) and really just better organization! so hang in there!

until then, check this out! click picture for a full article.. thanks Sincerely Yours for the kind words!

rush hicks & velvet crayon @ the slipper room

hey! i’m in a magazine! yep, velvet crayon is featured in “the sound issue” of Philly Current Magazine. there’s a preview below and you can pick it up at various locations around philly & south jersey (full list at phillycurrent.com/locations.html).

thanks to kurt james brennan who provided a lovely photo from carnivolution.. to vogelsong for helping me edit down some very long long rambles.. thanks to kate concannon for writing a lovely article and thanks to maryn for billions of things!

*also, you can read it online here:
phillycurrent.com/sound-issue/index.html

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hey everyone! 2013 was a crazy year for me (erik) with velvet crayon. let’s see: lots of carnivolution and sideshow madness! met some amazing people and friendly faces (performers and spectators alike). recorded the album “koala vs. squid pt. 1”. i redid the entire velvetcrayon.com website! put the entire musical catalog on bandcamp. made the “koala overtakes me” video. played more shows than i have any other year! oh and i got electrocuted!? that was crazy. let’s not do that one again, okay?

carnivolution christmas was a lovely last show of the year and i’d like to thank everyone who came and filled me with the must love and support! i didn’t not expect it and it really touched my heart. thank you.

sucks that i didn’t get to tour in 2013 but that won’t be the case in 2014! yes! tours!! yep, you read that right. multiple tours! more info on that as the year begins. 2014 should be even more shows than 2013!

a few thanks are in order for the awesomeness of 2013. first, maryn, she does so much for this thing called velvet crayon (and for me) and i could never even begin to explain it all or thank her enough. second, the squidling brothers, matterz squidling, & jellyboy the clown; you’ve helped me grow so much in 2013 and play so many shows and opened up so many opportunities for me. thank you! can’t wait to explore this craziness with you more in 2014!

shit, i started naming people, but my brain is blank now.. there’s so many people i should thank by name but they know i’m scatter brained and i ask them to use their love for me to forgive me for my blankness. i love you.

thanks to everyone who came to shows, everyone who clapped and laughed and cried and booed and called me “mr. president” and listened to rambles or didn’t mind late night text messages from the hospital. thanks to everyone for all the love and awesomeness. love you all more than i could ever explain. velvet crayon would be nothing without all the people who are kind enough to share their love with me. thanks!

i know i said i was going to record 3 full length records in 2013.. that didn’t happen. i didn’t actually record any of those albums? but i played a ton of shows. next year i am going to try to take time to record more and release more music for you all to hear! not going to make so many specifics this year. but there will be new music, i promise that.

i think that’s all for now? 2013 is coming to an end and i can’t wait to see what 2014 has to bring. see you in the year of new! love! love! love!

p.s. i’m sure i forgot a billion things, sorry about that. i’m tired. but i’m looking forward to spending 2014 with you! thank you for a lovely 2013.. no more electrocution.. let’s make 2014 even better!

hey everyone! so i got electrocuted at the first show of the tour / last 2013 show of carnivolution! i was not able to join the squids on their fall tour because i actually was given three bone fractures from that electrocution! but i’m alive!!! because of this, i am releasing “koala vs. squid pt. 1” (which was to be a tour sampler) online right now and will sell physical copies in the future at shows. you can find it on velvetcrayon.bandcamp.com. i’ll update this again soon! hopefully see you at christmas carnivolution on december 13! check the shows page for more info!

hey! so this week i am filming the 10th episode of the vcVlog and i’m playing two shows! the first is tomorrow/friday at carnivolution and the other is the mad summer ii block party which is on saturday (i go on around 2p), more info about both shows can be found on the shows page! so come on out and be part of the 10th episode of the vcVlog! see you all soon!