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INTERVIEW: Valerie Orth

Hi Valerie, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hi VENTS! I’ve been busy cranking out new songs for this holiday season. And it feels good, like giving presents to my fans.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Call You My Own”?

Call You My Own started out as an obsession about a boy and morphed into a much more fun sound and rhythm experiment. Thankfully, the experiment outlasted the obsession.

Writing the song spanned over the course of 2 years. There are some songs I just won’t let go, and “Call You My Own” was definitely one of them. Musically, it grew from folk to pop and then, thanks to my co-producer Devon Johnson, to the funky groove it is today. Devon latched onto a guitar riff I had recorded for verses and built this driving soundscape with a combo of instruments and rhythms that transforms into a sort of daydream in the second half.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Does the NYC dating scene count as an event? Being single in NYC put my past dating options in a whole new light. I slowly and strangely started falling for a friend who was in love with me in high school, and still had our prom photos years later…

On a tour, in a quiet room away from New York’s madness, I strummed my acoustic guitar and sang to that old friend.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes! I’m working with a super talented motion designer on a lyric video that we’ll release in January.

The single comes off your new EP Wake You – what’s the story behind the title?

I name my albums after one of my lyrics – usually from my favorite song on the album. Wake You is a phrase from “Call You My Own” and captured the running theme throughout the EP, which is motivation, inspiration, and taking a chance.

How was the recording and writing process?

Awesome. Over the course of a year, I worked with 2 inspiring producers. I did the first 4 songs with Devon Johnson, and the final song, “Make Your Move,” with Optiks. I was at different stages with each of the songs when I brought them to my co-producers – from completely finished to just an idea. I wrote and re-wrote, and also had a hand at the production as well while learning music software Ableton Live (and loving it!).

What are you hoping to encourage and motivate listeners to do with this album?

Don’t wait. Call that person you’re into! Get up! It’s scary, but do it now!

What obsessions get to inspire the lyrics on this record?

I have an obsession with moving things forward, with growth and progress (politically as well). I’ll admit, my motivation sometimes leads to impatience, especially when someone – including myself – is too scared to try something out, to make a move. Just call, just ask.

Any plans to hit the road?

I recently got back from playing shows in Berlin, and am planning to go back and extend the tour to more of Europe next summer or Fall. And I’ll hopefully be hitting at least the US coasts as well.

What else is happening next in Valerie Oth’s world?

I’m gearing up for a special EP release party with my band and guests on January 27th, the day the EP drops, at Mercury Lounge which is one of my favorite NYC venues. There are also a handful of producers working on remixes for Wake You’s final track, “Make Your Move,” which I’ll release as a maxi-single. And, around Valentine’s Day, I’ll be releasing the official music video for “Make Your Move.” Oooh, that’s gonna be a good one!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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