Audrey Valentine – Interview
After posting her latest single last week, ILLwriteR got a chance to catch up with Audrey Valentine for a quick interview! We look forward to a great 2018 coming from this singer/songwriter!
- Where did the inspiration to record this song come from?
At the time that I wrote this song, I had been dating someone for about 5 months. We had plenty ups and downs within that period of time, but I couldn’t really see myself moving forward without him. So he was definitely my inspiration behind this song.
- Why did you title the single “Never Let You Go”?
I gave it that title because I literally didn’t wanna let that person go! Although deep down, I knew that our relationship wasn’t very healthy.
- What do you want the public to walk away with after listening to the single?
I just want the public to understand how strong my songwriting abilities are, not just my singing abilities. I literally wrote the entire song, the feature artist’s part included. I wanted this song to be a great example of my strong songwriting skills.
- How is this single different from your previous discography?
My most previous work before this was my EP Love Hangover, which was a breakup album. I was in a very negative headspace when I made that project, so now that I’ve healed and moved on, I wanted to reflect someone who was in a more fulfilling, happier situation.
- Where are you currently at in your life and in your musical career?
Right now I’m working full time at Northwestern University, which is definitely the best company I’ve had the pleasure of working for thus far. However, I’m still not where I envision myself being in my music career. It’s a challenge because I definitely am not where I used to be. I feel like my music career is progressing, just not as fast as I would like for it to. But with continued hard work, and consistency, I know that it’ll only be a matter of time.
- What inspired you to pursue a career in music?
I’ve wanted to be a singer for as long as I can remember. I never wanted to do anything else. Music has always been my first love from the time I was very young, and I was taught that when choosing a career you should pursue something you love doing. So doing music was always a no-brainer for me.
- What is the ultimate goal for you as an artist with your music career?
Ultimately, I see myself being on a much larger scale so that I can reach out to the masses. I see myself being an impactful R&B artist as well as an amazing songwriter in the music industry.
- How are you unique from other artists? What makes you different from other upcoming Chicago artists?
I feel like most of the artists around me are so consumed with following a wave, or a trend, whereas I really wanna create my own. A lot of people in Chicago are doing the same thing, which makes them all sound so similar, but I’m striving to create my own sound. Aside from me being an authentic R&B artist, so that alone sets me apart from the others.
- How do you feel about the current state of music? Do you feel it drastically changed?
Absolutely! Which is a good thing, because music changes with each generation. However, this current state of music worries me, mainly because people seem to be more concerned about popularity over actual talent. I know plenty of people that have built an entire career in the industry and don’t have a lick of real talent (just my opinion). So it sometimes makes me feel like artists like myself don’t stand a real chance.
- What are some of the misconceptions the public has over artists?
I think some misconceptions the public has about artists is that they’re extremely superficial and have no real care or concern for others.
- Advice to aspiring musicians and advice to the youth who are often misguided in this world?
The best advice I could give is to simply stay true to themselves. There are so many people that love trying to conform others into what THEY think they should become. That same idea goes towards aspiring musicians. Instead of trying to fit into someone else’s music standards, simply put all of that energy into becoming the best version of yourself you can be, both as an artist and as a person.
- What do you think needs to take place for the music industry to recognize Chicago as a city with so much talent?
I think the industry needs to shift the focus just a bit. There are a ton of talented artists here in Chicago, but not all of them are rappers. Not everyone does drill music. So I think if they began to seek different artists from other genres they’ll begin to see how versatile and eclectic the Chicago music scene truly is.