Velvet Negroni is the moniker of Jeremy Nutzman.
He grew up in an outer suburb of the Twin Cities, a black kid adopted into a white evangelical Christian family. His fundamentalist missionary of a mother drove him to virtuosity, both as a classically trained concert pianist and a competitive figure skater, but he had to climb out his bedroom window to play guitar in his first band.
Throughout the years, you may have found him under the names Spyder Baybie Raw Dog or Pony Bwoy, but Velvet Negroni is the most introspective version of himself to date. His sparse and dark take on R+B is an outer-worldly experience that, in the world of Velvet Negroni, is simply day to day existence.
His debut album, T.C.O.D., is existentialist in tone and Dadaist in spirit: life is too hard to be serious and too amusing to be hard. With T.C.O.D., Velvet Negroni lets you in on this double-edged process.
In 2017, he was hooked up with an opening slot on Bon Iver’s tour, and that connection led to another, culminating in a writing credit on Kid Cudi and Kanye West’s “Feel the Love” off their 2018 album Kids See Ghosts. That same year, he released his first singles on b4, “First Time” and “Crybaby.”
It was in the summer of 2018, together with his friends, producers Psymun (Future, Young Thug, Dua Saleh) and Tickle Torture, that Velvet Negroni composed the stories on NEON BROWN, stories he’s been waiting a lifetime to tell. He signed with 4AD records and released NEON BROWN on August 30th 2019.