I am Erik Paluszak and I am Velvet Crayon.
Velvet Crayon is sometimes a one manned band in a live setting with me playing electric guitar through effects pedals, backed with a drum sequencer, & vocals. Sometimes it is just vocals and ukulele. Other times I am doing some sort of sideshow / burlesque / performance art.
While Velvet Crayon began in 2005, I did not start performing music live until 2006. In 2012 these musical performances expanded to include sideshow and performance art as I joined the Squidling Brothers Circus Sideshow. Within a year I became a touring member of their show, performing both my music as well as whatever performance art popped into my brain.
In 2014, I joined the Squidlings for my first tour coast-to-coast of America, performed the entire summer as a Coney Island Sideshow cast member, and did my first solo Velvet Crayon tour. A year later this expanded to tours all over Europe.
As Velvet Crayon, I have released over 14 albums/eps/samplers/singles of music. In 2017 I released three full length albums (“Ampersand Imperfecta”, “The Lost They Are A Generation”, and “Plays Childrens Songs, Sorta (If Your Kids Drop Acid)”), a music video every month of the year, performed as a special guest at the Coney Island Sideshow in August and toured with the Squidling Brothers throughout the year.
In 2020, I began streaming on twitch.tv/velvetcrayon - 6 days a week for at least 4hrs a day.
by Bryce Rudow (Feb 16 2015)
(was written for randomnerds.com but has since been taken down so the link is from the wayback machine)
by Kim Kelly (Jan 14, 2015)
(was written for wanderingsound.com but has since been taken down so the link is from the wayback machine)