“One of the most

underrated DJs on Twitch.”

“I think I Shazam more music in

Velveteen’s channel than anywhere else.”

DJ Chess Knight, Club Mesh

“He’s like the official DJ

of the ‘flow arts’ community.”

Marvin Ong, Grandmaster

“Velveteen” is the nom de tune of Richard Hartnell, a multidisciplinary artist with roots on the US west coast and a saga of performances across a dozen countries.

His start in music came from a classical education in viola and an informal education in guitar. After some teenage years spent DJing at house parties, Velveteen eventually earned his first nightclub residency at Rumors Cabaret playing industrial, house, pop, and electronic dance music following a weekly drag cabaret and soon earned a nomination as one of “Bellingham’s Best Spinners” in What’s Up! Magazine.

His hunger for a wider variety of music carried him to the Bay Area, where he was recruited from the dancefloor to the cocktail lounge as a resident DJ of the MUA Art Bar in uptown Oakland.

Velveteen’s festival repertoire covers the fire festivals of the West Coast and the star-studded tents of the European Juggling Convention, which hosted him year after year as it floated from Ireland to Holland to Poland to England.

During the most acute part of the COVID-19 pandemic, Velveteen set up his turntables in a home studio and started playing an eclectic blend of bass and chillout music on the streaming site Twitch.tv, quickly rising to the top 1% of streamers on the site.

Now, as the pandemic wanes and venues re-open, he — like so many other artists — is wandering back into the world to seek those niches left empty by a year without parties.