New York born, Sydney bred dark-pop artist Valencia James is making music for those in need. With a catalogue of music inspired by real life events, Valencia is on a mission song by song to give listeners something real, something organic and something true. With an uplifting message in her upcoming single “All The Waves.” Written amidst all the chaos, the singer brings a BRAVE AND HOPEFUL SOUND, reminding us that the hardest of times can actually bring out the best in us. The song speaks about how life’s struggles keep trying to knock us down, but where there is love there is still life and there is still so much more good ahead for us.
Interview Meikee Magnetic
Where were you born and where are you living now?
I was born in New York, just outside of New York city, and I am now living in Sydney, Australia.
What’s been your biggest challenge during the 2020 pandemic?
Not being able to travel. I usually travel at least two to three times a year.
Tell us about your newest release ALL THE WAVES:
“All The Waves” is a song about something that I love and I’m also terrified of. I used to love running into the ocean as a kid, but something happened as I got older, (probably the Australian waves happened). So now I have to force myself to go out in the waves and go under them. It sometimes feels like I’m drowning myself, but I guess life can feel like that. It can be scary, but you’ve got to get out there and just do it, and conquer your fears.
Do you see the music and entertainment industry ever gaining back momentum once things settle with Covid-19?
Yeah definitely. Music has always been something people need and even in the great depression, music still did well. I think it will probably bring positive changes for the music industry as well, and new creative ways for musicians and artists to share with their audiences.
The video FLAMES is such a great track with a big electronic sound, what does the track mean to you?
“Flames” actually means a lot to me. It’s one of the first dark pop songs that I wrote where I started to find my sound and discover what type of sound I wanted to put out into the world. It was one of the most fun to sing and perform as well as it’s so aggressive and almost theatrical in nature.
Where would you like to be creative wise in the near future?
Writing, writing, and more writing. I love writing music and I would hope that in the near future I will have even more songs out there in the world whether it’s me singing them or other artists singing them.
What does Dark Beauty mean to you?
Dark beauty is celebrating the more melancholy and pensive side of our creativity. There’s a beauty to be found in the darkest places, because that’s where we find who we are and how to understand the world around us.