Velma writes her own songs and delivers them with flowers in her hair and a sublime energy that can only be described as pure joy. I guarantee you will have many of Velma's lyrics bobbing along in your head after just one listen. They're catchy l'il numbers. Velma paid a visit to #SELLATAPES studio with the #UCL team to record one of my favourite tracks 'Cup Of Tea'. This track will be available on the ALL STARS EP CD Volume 1 at the UCL ALL STARS FESTIVE FUNDRAISER and also as a download via BANDCAMP just in time for Christmas! Nuff said have a listen for yourself then have a read of Velma's Q&A session. :)
A. I’d been strumming away on my guitar for far too many years, writing terribly boring folk songs about love and rivers and valleys that lead to nowhere. One summer evening in June 2013, I heard We Were Evergreen, an indie-electro-pop trio from Paris, playing their song Summer Flings on the Dreamland Sessions and immediately felt overwhelmingly inspired by the delightful sound of their ukulele. It was time to venture onto these newly discovered pastures, so I bought a £30 ukulele on eBay and joined UCL the following week!
Q. What music influences you in general?
A. Mainly indie-pop, some indie-folk, and occasional jazz! If there’s a beautiful imagination behind a song, then I’ll listen to it!
Q. How would you describe your sound?
A. Lyrical, lively, and vivid.
Q. Do you write your own songs or is this something you may consider for the future?
A. Yes! I received inspiration for the first song I ever wrote on the ukulele whilst in the hairdressers having my hair cut; sadly the song makes no reference to hairdressing but instead focuses on positive forces of attraction! I have continued inspiration for new songs in everyday life and intend to write many more in the near future.
Q. Please describe your overall experience at UCL
A. I’ve had such a fantastic time with UCL! I joined a year and a half ago as a total beginner after only owning my ukulele for a week and I’ve learned so much and have been given so many wonderful opportunities for which I am extremely grateful! I love doing UCL gigs, it’s so soul-warming to play ukulele alongside so many wonderfully talented people.
Q. Would you recommend learning the ukulele and if so why?
A. Yes, it’s a marvellous instrument for gaining confidence with music and it brings along many fantastic opportunities!
Q. Where can we find you playing outside of UCL?
A. Anywhere that asks me to play – it’s important to embrace these opportunities wholeheartedly!
Q. What does the future hold for Velma Patchouli?
A. Hopefully lots of enjoyable songwriting and performing experiences, but let’s just see what happens!
Q. What message or wise words would you like to send out into the world this Christmas?
A. Imagination is powerful and beautiful, a river that flows into vast estuaries harbouring an unbounded connection to the open sea - there are no limits of the capabilities of the mind. Imagine success, and you will be successful. Merry Christmas!