We get to know Valence, an Aussie ex-pat now living it up in Stockholm and making his wildest music dreams come true.
But there’s more to the Valence story than just a move to the other side of the world. There’s Gaga, Spice Girls, Eurovision, Girlfriend and more.
Intrigued? Dip into our latest feature right here;
01. Name : Valence (Chrisovalandis (Chris) Nicolaou).
02. Where are you based? Stockholm, Sweden since September 2018, but I’m originally from Melbourne Australia.
03. How did you get your start in music? I started when I was around 12 years old – I started producing music on my Playstation 1 with the game Music 2000.
04. Give us five words to best describe you as an artist : Fierce, sensitive, fun, pop, club.
05. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. Coming from a Greek-Cypriot background and the love of pop music / ’90s pop groups, my song combines both of these elements together.
06. What’s your earliest musical memory? Me doing a dance routine and singing to ’90s Aussie girl group Girlfriend’ ‘Take It From Me’ in front my family and cousins!
07. Who have been your musical influences? Lady Gaga, Kaiti Garbi (Greek singer), Faydee, Calvin Harris, Britney Spears.
08. What are your favourite songs of all time? Natalie Imbruglia’s ‘Beauty On The Fire’, Arilena Ara’s ‘I’ll Give You My Heart’, Faydee’s ‘Far Away’ and Calvin Harris and Rihanna’s ‘This Is What You Came For’.
09. Where’s your favourite place to listen to music? At a cool pop and R&B club.
10. Who are your go-to artists when you’re feeling : Happy? Sad? Introspective? Exhausted?
When I’m feeling nostalgic, I listen to my old ’90s pop, 2000s pop and Eurovision playlists on Spotify.
When I’m happy, I listen to Ariana Grande, Britney Spears or RuPaul.
When I’m feeling sad, I listen Lady Gaga – especially her ‘Born This Way’ album. She speaks of truth and self love in that album.
Introspective? Basically Greek Music or any artists who inspire me for my music.
Exhausted? Some Swedish pop – like Molly Sandén, Robyn etc. They’re quite chill in their pop music.
11. What was the first album you ever bought? Spice Girls’ first album ‘SPICE’.
12. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. When I was around 18-19, I won a FOX FM / 2DAY FM remixing competition where I remixed Ricki Lee’s ‘Can’t Sing A Different Song’. It was the ‘ClubKid’ Remix – my old artist name. I got the chance to meet her and have a live interview in Sydney’s 2DAY FM HQ.
13. What would your chosen career be if music wasn’t an option? I would still work in the music-tech industry in the corporate world. I love playlist curation / pitching and love discovering new artists and bringing them to the masses so they can receive a new audience. OR, if music did not exist, I’d be a psychologist (I have a bachelor in Social Science (Maj. Psychology and Sociology).
14. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? The best advice I was given is “If you do not try your hardest to get somewhere, then you will always regret not trying at all”.
For example, if I chose not move to Sweden, I wouldn’t know what I would’ve missed out on if I didn’t go. Also, if I did not reach out to Panik Records on LinkedIn that day, I wouldn’t have had two releases with them.
15. What’s been the highlight of your musical journey so far? In 2014, I went to Cyprus and took part in the Eurovision Song Project. This was the competition, similar to ‘Australia Decides’, where singers and songwriters could be in the running to represent Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015. I was in the top 20 of the competition with my first single as Valence, ‘Scared’.
16. What’s been the strangest experience you’ve had in the business? Nothing too strange has happened – I welcome all things that come into the music industry. It’s very exciting!
17. If you could trade places with any artist in the world right now, who would it be? I would trade places with Lady Gaga. She has defied all odds in the music industry. She revolutionised what pop music is today – being different, artistic, not giving a fuck what others think and loving yourself enough so you still remain humble.
18. Tell us about your latest release. My latest release is called ‘Bared My All’, released through Greek label Panik Records (the same label behind Eleni Foureia’s ‘Fuego’ from the Eurovision Song Contest). The lyrics speak of giving or baring your emotions to someone, but heartbreak is the price of this. You think it’s going to become this one beautiful life partnership together, but fizzles into nothing.
The music behind it is a mix between that chill pop that is in now, but with a Mediterranean influence. It’s mixing both my loves of pure pop and my Greek-Cypriot heritage.
19. What do your future plans involve? My future plans involve just getting my music known and just keeping topping my achievements I currently have. ‘Bared My All’ will have a Greek version too, where I want to reach the Greek and Cypriot audiences more. Being recognized as an artist in these countries, as well as Australia, is my ultimate goal.
I also want to do more live gigs – so will be working towards that goal.
20. Where can our audience catch you live? They can catch me at a few clubs in Stockholm.
FACEBOOK : https://www.facebook.com/ValenceOfficial/
INSTAGRAM : https://www.instagram.com/valencemusic/
SOUNDCLOUD : https://soundcloud.com/valence_official
YOUTUBE : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGhj4S_owQOEMlPWFoI_9Dg