Updated: Apr 16
Pete Thompson, soon to be better know by his stage name and artist persona, Velocity Falls, just released his debut single titled "Finest Hours". A track that is an absolute banger for someone's very first song. Thompson basically brought this single to fruition completely by himself, recording, producing, and mixing every aspect of it, truly showcasing is critically-acclaimed abilities.
Thompson has received enormous praise throughout his previous musical career, having radio play and reviews from the likes of Seattle's KEXP, BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio, XS Noise, and Pitchfork. Velocity Falls is a new project from Thompson. He wanted to expand his musical talent and reach and was looking for a way to do so. Velocity Falls was born.
Velocity Falls is inspired by 90's melodic pop guitar that used to dominate the charts. With an upbeat drum intro that drives into that very melodic guitar and a super catchy chorus, "Finest Hours" really embodies everything Velocity Falls wants to be. This is a track that makes you want to dance and belt out the words right along with good ole' Pete.
We did a short interview with Pete Thompson to get a little more insight on this new project of his and to see what he had planned in the future.
FITT: What made you want to become a musician?
Velocity Falls: I started playing piano when I was young, about 10 years old. I really didn't enjoy it that much and after about 5 years I gave up. Around that time Brit-pop was starting to emerge and I saw bands with guitars on the TV. Oasis performed on a show called The White Room, it must have been around 1995/96. They played Roll With It, Some Might Say and It's Good To Be Free. I saw them playing guitars and looking pretty cool. I thought "That is definitely better than playing William Tell's Overture on the piano!"
I've not looked back since! I picked up a guitar and once I knew three chords, started writing songs.
FITT: What is it about music that makes you feel passionate?
Velocity Falls: I'm a sucker for melody. Once I hear a song and the melody catches me, I'm all in, it will go on repeat and I'll add it to my playlists. The fact a piece of music can stir such emotions is magical, it's even better when you see one of your own songs having that effect on someone else.
FITT: Who's your ideal musician to collaborate with and why?
Velocity Falls: I recently got introduced to Bleachers which is the stage name for Jack Antonoff. There's a YouTube video of him going through his songwriting process and I found it really inspiring. He'd be a cool person to work with. A more obvious one for me would be Noel Gallagher, from what I've read he has a similar songwriting process to mine so it would be good to see what happened if we worked together.
FITT: What's the best piece of advice another musician ever gave you?
Velocity Falls: "The music industry goes through cycles, one day the type of music you make is 'in' the next it's 'out' so try not to get too hung up about making music that other people like, make music you like and the rest will follow!"
FITT: What are you hoping to accomplish by putting your music out there?
Velocity Falls: I want to try and get in front of people who might like it. Velocity Falls isn't a touring project so the focus is to write, record and release music I like in the hope others like it too.
FITT: What is next for Velocity Falls?
Velocity Falls: My plan is to release 6 songs over the next 6 months and take it from there. I'd like to do an album and look at innovative ways to release it.
Stay tuned for more music from Velocity Falls, as we can clearly expect 6 new singles coming this year. You can find Velocity Falls' single, "Finest Hours" anywhere you listen to your music. You can find Velocity Falls' new release here and follow them on social media below: