Velvet Echo is the production duo of Mike McClellan and Stephen Newman. Longtime friends and collaborators, they formed their own studio while finishing college. They played and performed with multiple bands, all the while honing their skills as producers and engineers. Their friends would ask them to record and produce them, which would lead to meeting new musicians meeting talent they wanted to work with. During this time their love and appreciation for multiple styles of music deepened, which encourage them to branch out in their own writing. This created a snowball effect which lead to them moving away from running a recording studio and focusing on producing. Mike and Steve enjoy talking about music, movies, and spending time playing old video games.
Velvet Echo has produced music for ESPN, The NBA, MTV, the Today Show, as well as created promotional music for Major League Baseball, the NFL, The Olympic Games, Amazon.com. They produced releases for Amy Whitcomb of NBC's "The Voice" and "The Sing Off."
I’m Ransom — it’s a weird name, but the rest is weirder so we’ll come back to the name later. I was born at home in Cane Beds, Arizona. By “at home” I mean the house across the street because our home was a shack that my mom built. My parents didn’t trust the government so we lived on the fringes a lot. I didn’t have a birth certificate or social security number until I was 17, and was home schooled until I was 10. When I started public school in 6th grade, I was just as weird as you’d imagine for a home-schooled kid who never had friends because his family moved dozens of times. My first day in class I said I loved the band “Hanson,” got pantsed on the playground, and cried my eyes out. That year one of the cool kids dropped out of a school play, and my music teacher knew I was good at memorizing stuff so she asked me to fill in for him. I loved it, I was good at it, and I decided to keep performing the rest of my life. Since then I’ve sung with Panic! At The Disco, had songs featured in national ad campaigns, and I still love Hanson. The name’s a Christian thing and I’m Ransom the 5th. So, really, the name isn’t that weird at all.