Musician, violinist and composer. Valentina’s music is spellbinding, haunting and poignant, portrays timeless sounds that emerge from remote universes and unfold from the fearsome, situating us mysteriously into evocative chasms amongst realities and non realities.
Interview Meikee Magnetic
Where were you born and where are you now?
I was born and raised in Rosario City, Argentina and I’m here now.
Could you tell our readers about your new album:
My debut album ‘Leyendas de las Almas Perdidas’ began to take shape a long time ago. I’ve finally been able to set it free so that everyone can be part of this, narrow it, find senses, construct meanings and develop emotions. The main concept focuses on lost souls and Endăley (my alter-ego). Fairy of the Souls, is the one who arrives to perpetuate their stories, to immortalize them in legends. Motivated by the unreal, the unknown, transcendent episodes and internal worlds, my music contemplates melancholy, tragedy, hope and it’s an encounter with the singularity. The main instruments are violin and piano. I also include voice, cello, electric bass, electric/acoustic guitar, percussion, sounds and synths. I’ve performed in total with four different violins, two antique violins, a Hardanger fiddle and a 5 string violin. For the lyrics I adopt symbolism’s, allegories, metaphor and analogy.
When did you first start playing the violin and why?
It all started the day my parents asked me if I wanted to study something apart from school, I was 5 years old at that moment, and my reply was ‘I want to play the violin’. My house has always been replete of music, there was any type of music from rock and classical to tango. Also musical instruments such as guitars and keyboards. I personally can’t explain why I chose the violin, if it was something I saw or heard or if the universe whispered in my ear in a dream. I’m immensely grateful I had the opportunity to study, to choose and to find a passion that leaded me into other passion, composing.
Your music video My Skin As Camouflage, was this self produced?
All my music videos are produced, directed and edited by me. It’s a process that I enjoy very much, in which I also learn and sometimes go into self-crisis. Specifically, in My Skin As Camouflage I’ve had to play three characters sitting at a table and two in the photographs hanging on the wall; the scenery is completely made with recycled objects and stuff, such as the frames, the throne, the chairs, the table, the record player, everything. I love working with the aesthetic and conceptual side of my music and translate it into visuals. I believe that creativity is the only one that can escape from money’s prison.
Would you say sadness is a driving force in your sound?
Absolutely, none of us ignore sadness and that’s exactly what I try to capture in my sound, something that surrounds us and what is inevitable. I seek to interconnect with feelings and emotions we want to forget, those we fear, that repel us. Thereby I try to emphasize, give life and dedicate a significant space to these things we perceive with rejection.
What do you see yourself doing in the near future?
I am composing an instrumental EP, that is connected with the concept of ‘Legends of Lost Souls’, but settling in a previous stage, it’s the story of Endăley. However, there will be also a new video for ‘Sweet Nightmares (Don’t Wake Up)’ before I step into the new music release.
What does Dark Beauty mean to you?
Dark beauty is the essence of my music and art. It accompanies me, inspires me, and has always intrigued me. It has led me to yearn to dive deeper into it. For me, dark beauty is part of my soul.