Interview: Vel

Today we’re joined by Vel. Vel is a wonderful musician who is both a composer and a performer. When she’s not composing, Vel has started getting back into writing as a hobby. Whatever she does, Vel pours herself into it and is very enthusiastic, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.


Please, tell us about your art.

I’m primarily a musician – composer and performer, but I have also recently been getting back into writing – a hobby I haven’t pursued in about 6 years.

What inspires you?

Other people’s art and ideas. I follow a lot of art blogs on Tumblr, and read posts of people’s headcanons in fandoms, or watch TV related to something I’m writing about. I like being excited by other people’s creations and I find it helps more than just daydreaming.

What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

I’ve always been a creative person, my parents are creative, and I was the nerdy kid at school who spent lunchtimes in the library writing a book. I used to want to be an author, but that dream has faded.

As for music, I never really considered myself good enough to be a professional anything, so I never seriously considered it, though I still have music-related goals in life.

Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?

Not particularly.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

I know it’s a cliché, but just keep at it. Also, don’t assume everyone will think it’s bad or pathetic, especially if you’re at school. I rarely let anyone hear or read anything I wrote or composed, but on the rare occasion I did, people were astounded. Creating stuff is damn impressive, and if you share it, people are much more likely to be impressed than to criticize. And those who criticize without invitation to are dicks, so.


Where on the spectrum do you identify?

Both grey-ace and grey-aro. They’re both fluid, though, with bi & pan (both sexual and romantic).

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

Not in my field, no. In fact, I’m in a jazz band where 2/3 of the members are coincidentally ace.

What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

People thinking that it’s about action rather than desire. It blows peoples mind that I’m ace because of my reputation for being fairly … promiscuous.

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

Honestly, find the right people online. There are toxic people, as there are against every community, but there are good people out there who have been through similar things, and having a support network can make things so much easier. I know this is easier said than done, but there are some popular blogs which are a good place to start.

Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

My AO3 is Vel16. I don’t really post much music anywhere, but if anyone’s interested in what I do feel free to contact me through my main Tumblr – somewhatvellum

Thank you, Vel, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

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