|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
3 September 1984, Holland, Michigan, USA. Vandervelde was exposed to his fathers record collection, taking in bands such as ELO, the Beatles, David Bowie, and most importantly T-Rex. These guitar-based groups inspired Vandervelde to learn the instrument, and by the age of 14 he had started to write his own lyrics and music. Decamping to Chicago in his late teens, so that he could pursue a career as a musician, Vandervelde immersed himself in the live music scene that was thriving in Chicago. By the age of 19, he had courted the attention of hip label Secretly Canadian and signed up on the strength of his first track, Jacket. Living and working in the studio Pieholden Suite Sound, run by former Wilco member Jay Bennett, Vandervelde drafted in the talents of local musicians to work on his debut album, calling them the Moonstation House Band. The band was a figment of Vandervelde and friend Derek James imagination. Vandervelde...