Hi! Pretty awesome, thank you! So excited for the release of my new single and honored to talk to you today.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Garden of Thoughts”?
This is actually one of my favorite songs I have ever written. I remember how I unexpectedly came up with its idea: it was march 2016, I was sitting at home and looking through the window at the blooming flowers and trees. Suddenly I started humming lyrics, which later developed into the chorus of this song. It was supposed to be a love song, but became a philosophical ballad about missing someone and feeling alone and tired deep inside. I also really love how I called it: I think it very accurately expresses this huge variety of completely different thoughts we all have in our minds every day.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
The chorus was inspired by one boy who I hadn’t seen for some months back then. Eventually, while writing verses, I took some steps away from the love topic and shared my inner, mental feelings. That time I had just changed school and was feeling kinda lonely, as well as was tired of going to this place where I didn’t see any benefits for me at all. “Serious thing that I understand: only music is my best friend” — those lines are still my favorite ones.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
For this song I had a vision of filming something vintage, somewhere like real garden, but with the aesthetics of the past century. Finally I found a perfect location with the pavilion, flowers and swing. So me and my mom just came and filmed it all within an hour.
The single comes off your new album Revelation – what’s the story behind the title?
The idea is simple: all songs from this album are completely based on my real life. I was thinking a lot about the perfect word, which will accurately describe the honesty and vulnerability expressed in these 11 songs, and finally I came up with “revelation”.
How was the recording and writing process?
It took around 3 years to finish it, however, writing lyrics was the easiest part. Back in 2015 and 2016, when the majority of songs was written, I felt really depressed and tired of many things: I had bad relationship experience, had no friends at all and was totally exhausted of going to school because that time I had already determined to pursue music career. But the interesting fact is, when you are feeling low, it comes much easier to write songs: lyrics are literally flowing and rhyming themselves. Throughout the years I was searching for my own sound, as well as self-learning about mixing, mastering and all that stuff. I recorded many various demos, but final versions were completed in 2018-2019. I am so proud of them.
What role did Sviridov’s School of Arts play in your music?
9 years of studying there really impacted me in the most positive way. The knowledge I recieved helps me to compose instrumentals, to arrange vocal harmonies and with many more music production things. Also I had been touring the Europe with orchestra which also gave me great experience of being on the road.
Would you call this a departure from your previous work or rather a continuation?
“Revelation” is an extended version of my previous EP “Crazy Dreams”. All songs from this EP will be there, so this is definitely a continuation.
What were some of the revelations did you get to dig into on this record?
Admitting falling in love or being heartbroken, for example. Or depressed and tired of some things around. This is not an easy topic to speak on in public, because naturally I am more introverted type of person. However, it’s important for me to be honest with my listeners, so this record is basically about my life and how I felt in 17-18 years old.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I believe that an artist should always have something important to speak about with the audience and that lyrics is the heart of the song, that’s why I dive really deep in my thoughts and mind while writing. So usually I use my own situations and problems, because I have a lot to tell about it, but I can get inspired by almost everything, just like people or nature: for example, I have a song called Beach.
Any plans to hit the road?
People actually started asking me to go on tour, and I’m thinking about it. I really want to perform on summer open-air festivals. The energy in such places is insane: I experienced this from the fan perspective and now really want to explore the other side of it.
What else is happening next in Valerie Warntz’s world?
What’s already planned, is that I will release Garden of Thoughts on April 27th and Revelation in October. I am sure many more magic is yet to come. Join the journey.
Watch The Official Music Video For “Garden of Thoughts”: