Could you introduce yourself?
My name is Trey and I’m the lead singer/songwriter for A Valley Son.
What’s your life philosophy? How do you try to apply that to your work?
I don’t know if it’s a philosophy so much, but I have a really hard time sitting still and being stagnant, physically or mentally. I just try my best to keep moving and keep learning, especially when it comes to the music. Always just try to keep moving forward.
Could you tell us what you think makes you stand apart in the music industry?
This is hard to say because there’s a million and a half “dudes with guitars and distortion pedals” bands out there, but I like to think it’s the honesty we bring to the songs. There’s very little filter to how I write and we try to strip away all the unnecessary fluff. We hope that sets us apart.
What is it about music that has connected with you the most, opposed to other mediums of expression?
I grew up in a family that loved music so it always felt comfortable and natural. It always made more sense than other outlets for expression.
Could you tell us about your latest single, "The World, It Moves"? Could you walk us through the process?
Yeah, I wrote that a year or two ago after a rough patch. For some reason I was really big into reading old archived versions of the New York Times (think “what happened on this day except 125 years ago…) and was sort of struck by how simultaneously different and the same it all was. That’s what the song is basically about, how things never stop changing but since we’re all human and have the same basic makeup nothing ever really changes all that much.
How do you feel your debut full length album, "But The World Moves" has changed your life currently? Do you feel this project will change how you create from now on?
For sure. This is our first record where we had a lot of control over all aspect of the recording and mixing. We did a ton of it at home and learned so much from that. Moving forward we’ll definitely continue working mostly out of our bedrooms and doing it that way. It allows for more experimentation which is always fun.
What do you want your audience to feel when they listen to your music? What are some themes you want them to question or think about long after they listen?
I want to audience to feel honesty. I try to write honestly and we try to play the same way. We want them to take that away from our performance. As far as themes, I write a ton about how memory and experience is malleable over time, about how people always try to leave places, people, things, but often the problem is internal. I just try to write about the questions I ask myself. I hope that it feels universal.
If you could collaborate with any creative individual, dead or alive, who would be be and why?
Do you have any rituals you do before you start your creative process for a new project, to get your mind and energy in the right place?
I like to walk and be alone. I try to talk as little as possible before leading up to a show. Just try to get in my own head, and stop being the person I am when I walk around the rest of the time. I try to take myself mentally to another place because that’s what I want to do for others.
Tea or coffee?
What’s a typical day for you?
Wake up > day job > try to eat > night job > try to eat > rinse > repeat.
What are some of your goals for 2017?
Keep playing, keep writing, keep recording.
What makes you happy?
Depends on when you catch me but I’m rarely not in some state of amazement with the world. It’s a terrible, wonderful, sad, disgusting, invigorating place we live in. I just like watching it all.
Any closing comments?
Come to a gig. Say hi. And thanks for talking to us.