Hi Valentina, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been overwhelmed with things to do! But good, and proud that the album is gonna hit the market on Nov 22nd!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Bring On The Fire”?
“Bring On The Fire” is about the quiet determination it takes to end a relationship that lasted 14 years. And knowing that it’s not going to be an easy battle.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I kept thinking that if I gave him enough time, things were going to get better. I wrote Bring On The Fire when I got tired of getting my hopes up.
Any plans to release a video for the track?
My creative team and I have been talking about a few ideas, so maybe.
Why naming the record after this song in particular?
It’s the key song to the whole record: “Bring it on, I’m ready”. Let’s finish a chapter, no matter how hard, painful, traumatic is going to be, and start something else.
How was the recording and writing process?
I wrote the biggest chunk of songs between December 2018 and May 2019. We walked into Retro City Recording Studios in June 2019. I have never experienced such a quick turnaround between writing and recording. I think it helped keep the tracks raw and honest.
Would you call this a departure from your previous musical work?
Yes and no. I think they all still sound like songs I have written, but in Bring On The Fire the emphasis is on the lyrics more than before.
What role does Philly play in your music?
Living the Philly folk scene has definitely influenced my rock-ish/euro pop background (there are two folk-ish tunes on the album). Also all the people featured on the album are Philly musicians and influencers, they bring the Philadelphia vibe into the songs.
What aspect of relationships did you get to explore on this record?
The album captures a glimpse of “end of relationship”. From wanting to be there for your partner in a moment of need. Then realizing that the partner is not willing to do the work to fix his issues and understanding that the only way forward is out. Ups and downs of having made that choice. Then eventually finding some peace and realizing that eventually everything is going to be alright.
What made you want to explore some of these dark themes?
As a songwriter I tend to write about what I’m going through. I approached the piano in tears, for the writing of several of these songs. If I had been in a better state of mind, I would probably have written a much different album.
How did you get to balance the dark aspect with the much uplifting tone?
The only way I can personally deal with the darkness is to make fun of it and try to laugh about it. I struggle with depression and self doubt on a daily basis, sarcasm gets me through the day.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Interactions with friends, family, listening to other music, acting in a play, meeting new people.
Any plans to hit the road?
Maybe at some point, once I’m a little more established.
What else is happening next in Valentina Sounds world?
The CD release party is coming up on Nov 23 at The Locks (Philadelphia PA). I will do an album release party in Italy on Dec 27th and I’ll be releasing a music video for “Eat the Chocolate” soon. Then we’ll see what the future will bring!