Tom created his studio project in 2010 on his own, initially having in mind the goal of composing exclusively instrumental music. Mastering bass and guitar, he finally decided to bring some musicians for collaboration. It’s from there, with his old friend Bad Drunk, that the idea to create their own setup sprang to their mind. A little time later, the name “The Velvet Roses” was born.

Influenced principally by Grunge, Hard Rock and Metal, The Velvet Roses have created their identity on the basis of these sounds that marked the ’90s.

Axelle - Vocals

Immersed in the scene from childhood, Axelle finds inspiration and lives Grunge . Since the beginnings of the genre to the post-Cobain epoch, she has always been faithful to the movement and knows how to fill her voice with emotion.

Perfectly mastering the style, she is able to add an additional musical touch, bringing originality to the group.

INFLUENCES :
• Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
• Layne Staley (Alice In Chains, Mad Season)
• Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam)

Tom - Lead Guitar

Guitarist since his adolescence, Tom is inspired principally by the sounds of the 90’s. Grunge & Hard Rock resonate still in his spirit, which is reflected in the style of “The Velvet Roses”. Co-founder of the group and composer of the first opus, he shares the writing and his passion for music with his old friend Bad Drunk. It was from this that came the most striking riffs on the first album.

Strengthened by this experience, he created his own studio “Various Record Studio”, in which the group produce since.

INFLUENCES :
• Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
• Slash (Guns N’ Roses, Slash’s Snakepit, Velvet Revolver)
• Billie Joe Armstrong (Greenday)

Bad Drunk - Guitar / Back Vocals

Born into Hard Rock and raised with metal, Bad Drunk created his style by combining the two genres. An unconditional fan of G’n’R, he spent hours playing Slash, but he has also worked extensively on the plans and methods of Thrash Metal.

During adolescence, Grunge came as another influence on top and Bad Drunk riffs came to life…

INFLUENCES :
• Slash (Guns N’ Roses, Slash’s Snakepit, Velvet Revolver)
• Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains)
• Dave Mustain (Megadeth)

Sulli - Drums

Setup on his stool since 1999 and only leaving it for calls of nature, it is on the same seat that he likes to let loose his unfunny jokes, but which make Axelle laugh. He joined the group in 2014, for the new line-up.

A rebel adolescent, he kicked off with punk and then moved on to prog rock (Genesis, Pink Floyd, Butterfly Ball, Dream Theater), therefore complicated structures which remind him of his brain.

Having practiced a high level of eclectism, he only rules out rap and techno.

INFLUENCES :
• Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs, Avenged Sevenfold, Transatlantic)
• Dominic Howard (Muse)
• Phil Collins (Genesis)

Brandon - Bass

Brandon spent his adolescence listening bands like Kyuss or Queens Of The Stone Age. He takes inspirations from the Stoner Rock to create dynamic and melodic bass lines.

Later, he also experimented Jazz with artists like Victor Vooten or Marcus Miller, to create his new own musical identity…

INFLUENCES :
• Victor Wooten (Béla Fleck and the Flecktones)
• Les Claypool (Primus, Colonel Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade)
• Marcus Miller (Miles Davis, David Sanborn, Luther Vandross)