Velvet Independent is a platform focusing on new music by predominantly independent artists, created by Doyle Smith on November 14th 2013.

The aim of this site is to provide easy access to new, interesting and exciting music; focusing on independent artists and labels. This does not mean however, that as soon as an act becomes signed they will no longer be posted on this site.

All genres of music shall be considered to be featured upon this site, not just purely ‘indie’ music.

Velvet Independent operates a zero tolerance approach to hate and discrimination within music. Any submissions with homophobic/transphobic/racist/xenophobic and any other forms of hate featured, will be blacklisted and shared to other sites to ensure that these artists do not have their music shared anywhere.

We receive roughly 200 emails a week now, so unfortunately it cannot be guaranteed that every submission will receive a response or be heard/seen, but Velvet will always try to listen to as many of these submissions as possible and at least provide feedback.

I hope that if you read this you will enjoy the site and most importantly the featured music. For submissions, contact velvetindependent@gmail.com, or message directly through Facebook at Velvet Independent.

Doyle Antony Smith

15 thoughts

  1. Hi all / hola a tod@s / salut à tous, and of course hi Doyle!
    I’m JJ PARKI, songwriter/lyricist and this week is the CD release of my debut album of collaborations Café de la musique. My fist album is made up of my best collaborations so far; 11 tracks; 10 collabs from 3 continents (the UK, Spain, Australia and Chile). I have had the pleasure with working with artists from all around the world over the past two decades, and now I have the opportunity to release a portfolio of collabs via CD.
    I’m already working on a another debut album with one of my collaborators.
    The digital versions of Café de la musique are exclusively on Soundcloud (full version) and Youtube (edited version). The collab Hard To Forget performed by Hayley Gia Hughes is available on Spotify, Apple, I-Tunes etc.
    Café de la musique:

    Hayley Gia Hughes feat, JJ PARKI – Hard To Forget:

    The album of collaborations is a mixture of genres, including pop, folk, deep house, jazz, EDM, alternative and easy-listening.
    All the best / Saludos / Meilleurs Voeux,


  2. Hi, everyone!

    My name Andrea Dee, a top 200 iTunes charting London-based producer, singer-songwriter originally from Paris, France, signed to the German record label Daschund Records.

    I began my career as a performer in Las Vegas, as part of the Jubilee at Bally’s Hotel & Casino productions and then partnered with producer Aaron Knight in 2010, realising various singles and EPs.

    I have just started realising my first electro-pop concept album entitled “Truth and Dare” which serves strong vocal ballads, full-bodied orchestral music and rock’n’roll anthems ranging from EDM to Soft-pop and Indie tracks, which I believe would fit like a missing puzzle piece in one of your playlists!

    Check out my new single, Rat Trap, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ll-dhCiomic, and let me know what you think! 🙂


  3. Hi there
    I recently released my debut album titled ‘Apostasy’.
    Would be great to hear what you guys think!




  4. Hello there,
    We went through your website and found it really interesting. We have just released a fresh track. Would you like to check out this amazing track that recently has been launched? It is a dance/EDM. Since we like to work with various genre, it is among one of them.Let me know your thoughts. Thanks.





  5. Hey there,
    I love your blog! Very interesting! I’m an indie-folk artist and I just wanted to send some links your way of my new EP “The End of Our Days.” I hope you’ll give it a listen 🙂

    Here’s a bunch of options!

    Thanks a lot,


  6. Hello from Paris

    My album’s out this week (physical release in Europe & digital worldwide).
    The new album’s Folk/Americana tinged but seen through a European lens. There are really good reviews coming up in March (Rolling stone among them) but I was hoping you could listen to a track or two.

    Here’s a link to the 1st single video on youtube…

    If you’d like the rest of the album to review I’ll gladly send it over as a download or a real CD type thing.
    Don’t hesitate to get in touch for more info…
    You have my permission of course to post.

    Thanks for your time!


  7. Please can you send me an email address please..🙏. I work with emerging artists and bands through my PR companies and I would love for my clients to be featured on your blog .

    I look forward to hearing from you and wish you harmony and peace always.

    JJ Kane


  8. Hey,

    We are YOURS, an indie rock band from San Francisco, and are very interested to have Velvet Independent feature the lead single off our upcoming EP due next year. This song is still very new to the scene and was just released late last week. Our music has been described as synthpop meets indie-electro rock with influences stemming from: Radiohead, Phoenix, Tame Impala, Arcade Fire, and various hip hop infused sounds.

    If this appears of interest to you let us know and we can get things sorted out. We really appreciate all the work you guys do for bands of all genres and want to be part of such a linked community!

    Capture Me Single: https://soundcloud.com/yours-195696101/capture-me



  9. Hey Doyle,

    Hope this message finds you well 🙂

    Just wanted to get in touch as we’re a new band, M.E.L, based in London and about to release our first EP. We are a band of three and our style is soul, electronic, minimalistic pop. We’ve all been touring with pop artists for the past few years and now we have come together to write and produce the music we have always wanted to create. Here is our first track and music video from our upcoming EP, “Changed”. We would be so grateful if you checked it out on youtube here https://youtu.be/3MbXVaP1u48

    Any comments/feedback/shares would be greatly appreciated but I know you’re very busy so thanks in advance for your time.

    Hope you enjoy the track and wishing you a mega week ahead 🙂
    Thanks so much


    Melissa, Christian and Ben



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