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Inside Your Mind

by Velvet Stylus

Innovative original soul and R&B infused with traces of Hip-Hop, Funk, Jazz, Rock, and Pop.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Retro-Soul
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Velvet Stylus showcases R&B, Soul, Hip-Hop, and Funk . Their repertoire pays homage to the rich history of Urban music with their originals and newly arranged covers. Velvet Stylus bears a signature sound - both innovative and respectful of its foundation. Each member comes from a deep-rooted performance background (please see individual member bios for details.)

Driven by a tight rhythm section and dynamic - slightly non-typical - female vocalist, Velvet Stylus delivers honest, emotional performances that appeal to a very diverse audience. Their R&B/Hip-Hop/Soul fusion appeals to all ages across a wide audience base.

The band came together formally in 2003, and features Darcie-Nicole Wicknick (of "...Ask Darcie" Music Business Consulting) some of the best musicians around: Former LuvJones Music Director James Auburn on Keys, former Blink Music Senior Engineer Tony Porter on Drums, and Jay Prokorym on Bass. [He had played with Auburn back in their Berklee days in a group called Mumbo Jumbo.]

Comprised of some of the most promising talent in Boston, Velvet Stylus has performed at Boston venues including Skope Magazine Live at The Middle East, Berklee Peformance Center, Harpers Ferry, Critical Breakdown, SkyBar, DeepTones, Abbey Lounge, Blue Wave Soulful Saturday, Cantab Lounge/Third Rail, and at Doc Ryan's. They performed at The Hard Rock Cafe and Harvard Square Oktoberfest for Berklee Alumni Showcases and appeared as guests on Shadowline for Allston Brighton Free Radio and 617 Live! on Boston cable. Members sat in often with World/Blues outfit Weather Outpost 12. The band has met favorable criticism, garnering rave reviews, a feature in e-zine FMSound, and coming in at the Number 15 slot on BarStar HOT 100 Boston Bands chart for 2005.

Two of its members are Co-Founders of The Boston Hip-Hop Alliance and unique to Velvet Stylus - in addition to performing in their own right - the band avails itself to other artists as session players and as a backing band for live shows and recordings. Their ability to learn songs very quickly makes this possible. the band has backed many MCs and singers including Metaphorick, Session, Sol Anderson, Noldy, Javon Fields (Troublesumz Click), Danielle Scott, Letia Larok, Illin' P., Triple Threat, One Love, and Afro DZ ak , to name only a few. In 2005, they backed DL as he opened for national artists Royce da 5'9", Joe Budden (DefJam), Dre Robinson (Universal), and Devin the Dude (Rap-a-Lot Records) at Middle East Down Stairs shows. The feedback was incredible and hostDJ On and On likened Darcie to Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige! In 2006, Velvet Stylus was honored with nominations for Best Live Band nomination by the Mass Industry Hip-Hop Awards. They served as the house band in 2007 for the MIC Awards to rave reviews.

The group's sensibility and common goal toward the preservation of true Soul and Hip-Hop comes across in their playing and composition style. They are a no-frills act; what you see is what you get. Velvet Stylus is a featured artist on the Project: Think Different compilation and performed often as the house band for Hip-Hop Anonymous at Harpers Ferry, as well as various Soulkore events. The band is working on new materialfor their first album which they will start recording this summer. They backed Frank Buddas on June 8th, 2007 at Milly's Tavern in New Hampshire. The band received high accolades after playing behind Hip-Hop icon Medusa and Neo-Soul sensation Choklate for a Critical Breakdown fundraiser at Middle East Downstairs on June 13, 2007. In September, 2007, they were one of only six acts chosen to take the mainstage at the Allston Village Street Fair, which was one of the capstone events for Rock City's 200th birthday.

Velvet Stylus is 2008 winner and a 2006 and 2008 nominee for Best R&B group for the New England Urban Music Awards. All of the members of Velvet Stylus are graduates from Berklee College of Music.


Just for the Record...
"Freakin AMAZIN'. There was smoke coming off your head you were so smokin'! Tell that Darcie Wicknick we love her voice!" - Angie
"DL added intelligent lyricism to the dynamic live sound of Velvet Stylus..." Marty Caballero, (Home page) 6/20/06
"...The evening's rap highlights came from Roxbury's DL, who was joined by the live band Velvet Stylus for his single 'Contagious,' and from revolutionary holistic hip-hoppers Foundation Movement...." Chris Faraone, The Boston Herald 6/19/06
"Darcie adds the hotness!"- CrazyNice, Model
"That was Darcie from the Boston Hip-Hop Alliance singin' the hook for DL? If so GREAT JOB!! - You need to be singing full time!" D.I.Z. Entertainment
"DL nice performance .... I didn't know that was Darcie pipin' like that! - Kiki Breevlife
"To DL and Velvet Stylus: As a trumpet player I love that live band s**t and "Contagious is such a hot track...Big ups to DL,Darcie, and Velvet Stylus AfroDZak
"Woooow.. She's like the Mary J. Blige of Somerville!" DJ On and On, 97.1FM
"Since DL and Darcie killed the song "Contagious" at the Middle East last week, that's been one of my words. Hun, honestly that was crazy... everybody was asking who you were, and I was like THAT's A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE! and DL too... I'm feeling the way D played on the crowd, also the diversity and creativity of his music and stage performace is something cats to take notes from. I Salute you both and good ish to the band as well..." - Danejaruss Material
"...Whoever missed DL's set last night missed the Self Made/Commonwealth socrates at his best...he opened up with "Headlinez" feat yours truly and Lord Linz...we literally RAN from our parking spot. through the doors and onto the stage just as the song began!!! I luv this job. The highlight of the performance had to be "Contagious" performed w/ the live band, and the Middle East fukn EXPLODED when the band dropped... and DL spit 48 bars of fury through the heavy guitar riffs...classic shit!!!" - Tek.MP from Cekret Society

"That was definitely my highlight of the night.Too bad more people didn't see it... One thing that I need to add is how dope Darcie was doing the hook to Contagious. I had heard she sings...but i didn't know the extent of it..." - Jaytee
"DL's set = fiiiiiiire!!!! Darcie gave us goosebumps with that divine voice. S**t's contagious!" - Crazy Nice

"Boston MVP award goes to DL. Beastmode son!!!. He had me totally confused and what he was doing and he came out and KILLED IT!! For those who missed it, I'm sorry." - Edu Leedz, Leedz Edutainment
MENTION (not by name) in the Boston Herald
Hub's hip-hop favorites mix it up at Middle East
By Chris Faraone Saturday, November 5, 2005

"Even before headliners Devin the Dude and Royce da 5'9 entered the building, hip-hop fans got their money's worth Thursday at the Middle East. The show was a historic showdown in Hub hip-hop, with sharp local artists welcoming visiting A-list rappers. ... Opening act DL brought a live band to back his rhymes. Keyboard, drum and bass trio backing is new for the Roxbury MC, but the crowd caught on when his single "Contagious" struck the same chord it does on record..."
"I personally wanna thank you for sticking with it and making my first promoted event a success not only for me but for the Hip-Hop/music community. I am proud of y'all and the turnout was sick for days. Critical Breakdown Unplugged was huge no doubt I THANK YOU." - Metaphorick
"Greetings Velvet Stylus!
I just wanted to drop the group a little note, expressing how much I was digging your material. It is quite refreshing to hear music with some real instrumentation. I was personally drawn to "Won't Be The Fool." I am looking forward to the first official album. Keep up the good work!" - Ryan J. Fleming, Assistant Editor
"What a great show!! Thanks to... Velvet Stylus and Homeland Security Orchestra" - DeepTones
"I'm just stoppin' by to show some MySpace lovin'. And listening to your great tunes. You have some really kick ass jams here..." - VickStix (MySpace)
"Awesome beats. Good luck with everything" - Burn Chesca Burn
"Velvet Stylus is just what the doctor ordered...a live soul band with a feel good vibe. Their groove is smooth and their style of music makes me wanna move".- Fee, One Love
"It was a blast to be down in the city and get to hear some good music. ...I'm already in the planning stages of bringing more people. They need to hear you guys. Again, thank you for a great night. Take care and God bless" Chip
"You guys sounded terrific! Keep me posted with other performances. Take care." - Brian Paul, Composer
"James & Sister Liquid Soul (Darcie) from the V-Styles have agreed 2 assist this clambake....I call this spawning bands....La Gringa calls this particular constellation of players 'Stella & the Isolators'. as far as I'm concerned, James is exactly what the Outpost needs,& Liquid Soul speaks 4 herself ..... I LOVE her voice, & esp' how she sounds w/ La Gringa." - Weatheroutpost 12
"Feeling what your doing.....real talent." - 2b3 Productions, United Kingdom
"Velvet Stylus is one of the best bands in Boston!" - Lauren Flaherty, EME Productions

"Darcie, thanks you guys were amazing; first set, and then the Hip-Hop thing for us. That was real classic." - Lyrical, MC, Co-Founder of The Mass Industry Committee, Founder of Invasion Entertainment, and Educator

"THE VIBE THAT I GOT LAST NITE WAS CRAZY... THE LIVE ACOUSTICS BROUGHT THE PERFORMANCE TO ANOTHER LEVEL"- J-Hunt, Smokehouse Productions; producer for Triple Threat. Quoted from about our set with Triple Threat

Dear Velvet Stylus,

I saw you guys at the Middle East basement 3 days ago with Choklate, Zach Bruce and Medusa, and me and my little bro fell deeply in love with you guys and gals :) It's great to a hear a band who really can play funk and hip-hop and r&b and soul--you are true asset to the music industry and one of the best bands, in my humble opinion, in and around the Boston area. I hope i do get the chance to see ya'll live again!

Anyway, just wanted to wish you much luck and continued success in your musical career(s)!

Peace, much love, and many blessings,



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