It’s been exciting times for SE London via Brighton group Vels Trio (keys player Jack Stephenson Oliver, bassist Cameron Dawson and drummer Dougal Taylor) since meeting in 2014.
Despite choosing to sidestep a release of their endeavours in the early years – it’d be somewhat surprising if you weren’t to know them already in name. The bands drive to perform and consistently push their live prowess has propelled them into the live arena to share stages with acts such as Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles, Sons of Kemet, Moses Boyd’s Exodus & Let Spin, plus two performances at the illustrious Love Supreme Festival.
Being almost indefinable by any sole genre, the group’s excursions span prog, electronic, jazz, funk and hip-hop, which have collectively paved the way for their early sound. With an inclination for improvisation, Vels Trio’s sound can be characterised by their heavy grooves, emotionally charged songwriting & expressive modern musicianship, creating excitingly frenetic, and irresistibly engaging live sound. Their debut album, Celestial Greens is out now on Rhythm Section.