INTERVIEW: Valentina

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

Hi, thank you so much! So good. Working and happy.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Alive”?

Yes! I have never written a song about anxiety before. It was very satisfying to finally make a song that explains how I feel when I’m freaking out over something. I listen to it now to calm me down.

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

Yes. I was overanalyzing a text that I got from someone close to me and I knew it was so stupid that I was feeling anxious over a text, but I coudln’t help it. I needed to get my feelings out- so I made this song.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Making the video was so much fun because it was just my sister and I. I love creating with her because it feels very free and it is the most comfortable environment for both of us to make something great and true to ourselves. It’s not out yet but it will be very soon!

The single comes off your new album Unmanageable – what’s the story behind the title?

I have worked with a few different people in the music industry who have tried to change who I am. I left these situations of course, but a few people have labeled me since then. I made the title of my EP the label they gave me as a little joke.

How was the recording and writing process?

I made everything in my room by myself so it could not have been more organic and fun and zero pressure. Since I had learned how to produce last year at  program called Amor Fati, started by Mike Posner, I have been able to make music in my room and it changed my life. So I just kept making music until I had 6 songs that I loved.

How would you say your modelling background helps you or influences your music?

My modeling background helps with music because I feel very comfortable in front of a camera for interviews, music videos, and shoots. I have so many friends from that world that now help me when it’s time to create content for songs.

Having gone through some disappointing and low moments in your career – how would you say they have help you grow as an artist?

I would not be where I am at if I didn’t have the low points. I think you need to have thick skin in this business and thank god I was put through some stuff that was able to give me that. There is always going to be someone saying something rude, or critiquing me, and I have to be ok with that.

What aspect of change did you get to explore on this record?

I got to explore what kind of a sound I have as an artist. Although that will be ever changing, it was fun to create my first body of work and look at it from afar. I love listening to it and picking it apart and seeing what I need to get better at.

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

I found inspiration for my songs and lyrics purely through my life experiences. I hold a very good grudge so I still write songs about things that have happened years ago.

Any plans to hit the road?

No plans set in stone at the moment- but that is ALL I want to do right now so I’m working on making that happen.

What else is happening next in Valentina’s world?

Making more music and putting it out! There might be one coming very soon… But also planning local LA shows, and making more music videos!

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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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