Velvet Sheep with Nick Hutchings
Nick Hutchings started his Sniffin’ Glue inspired grunge, punk and riot grrrl fanzine Velvet Sheep in the early 90s using a second hand photocopier bought as an 18th birthday present. VS went onto be mentioned on the legendary John Peel show and be featured at the Victoria & Albert Museum as part of their Street Style exhibition and if it wasn’t for handing a copy to MTV Europe presenter Toby Amies at a gig by Sub Pop band Earth, Nick may never had worked at MTV for 10 years, including on the shows “Alternative Nation”, “Gonzo with Zane Lowe” and later as Channel Manager of MTV2.
Velvet Sheep was resurrected in the noughties as an occasional garage rock night at the Whitechapel Gallery and since 2015 has become a blog including the long-running feature “song for ewe”. Nick has also written for The Quietus and in his day job is a BAFTA winning TV producer & writer (though he doesn’t like to talk about it).
On the Velvet Sheep radio show, Nick Hutchings plays the best tunes picked as part of the fanzine’s “song for ewe” feature where favourite artistes old and new choose an obscure-ish song they’ve enjoyed lately. With no rules on genre or era, the songs range from psychobilly freakouts to psychedelic workouts, rare doo-wop to classic punk rock, pastoral to choral and extreme noise terror to elegant ambient soundscapes.