Sam Valdez Makes Dreamy Music For Moving On

emilytreadgold #5, Features

Sam Valdez has the dreamiest music that just transports you, it’s perfect for long drives and thinking about your past. It’s the perfect dose of nostalgia. Her new song is perfect for getting over your ex and moving on with your life. We talked to her about music and what’s been inspiring her lately.

How did you get started in music?

Sam: I started music playing the violin when I was around 7 years old and then ended up learning guitar and singing about a year and a half after I moved to LA. I had no idea singing and songwriting would end up being so important to me. At first, I just wanted to learn for the fun of it.  

Tell me about your song “Toothache” what’s the inspiration behind it? 
Sam: Toothache is a very personal song about self-help. I wrote it the day I moved out of my ex's apartment and was sitting on a mound of boxes and just had this 'shit, what now?' feeling. I was scared but also relieved and ready to be on my own again and figure things out.  
What else has been inspiring you?
Sam: Visual art always inspires me. I also love finding new artists.  

Is it hard to be so vulnerable in your writing? 

Sam: Sometimes, but I always ignore the fact that other people will hear it and focus on working through my thoughts. I feel if I'm writing from a genuine place then more people will naturally relate.

What’s been the biggest challenge for you?

Sam: Not getting in my own way and being too in my head has been a challenge but I'm working on it.

What’s your best piece of advice for young women?

Sam: My advice is to keep a strong sense of self and continue to work through any rejections.

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Emily Treadgold

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