If there is ever anything we tell you to do and you listen, this Saturday night’s show at Doug Fir should be it. After seeing Chad Valley open for Active Child in 2011, our whole group was blown away. You’ll watch a guy come out solo, stand at a synthesizer and proceed to make pure music magic. This may sound corny or exaggerated, but just you wait. You can tell we are more than a little excited to see Chad (real name Hugo - details below) this Saturday night and want you to experience it for yourself. Get tickets HERE and read on about how he got started, his new album’s amazing collaborations and the tour so far.
E+E: Okay, tell us about yourself and how you got into music.Chad Valley: I am 26 years old and I've been making music since I was 11 or so. I grew up having piano lessons and I remember writing things as soon as I knew how to write notation. They were really basic little compositions that were probably very strange! It wasn't until I discovered making music on a computer that I really got into songwriting, and it was all very simple synth-pop kind of stuff but with no vocals because I didn't have a microphone until much later!
E+E: Fell in love with you (your music, that is) when you opened for Active Child at Doug Fir in October 2011, and now they are on a track in your new album, Young Hunger. We got to hang with them a bit after the show and loved their company, but how did you hook up with them?CV: I basically met them for the first time when I was offered the support slot on that tour, and I was very pleased because I am a huge fan of Pat's music. I was actually riding with them in their van for three weeks on that tour so we got very well-acquainted indeed. When I decided to do this thing with the album of having lots of guest vocalists, Pat was one of the first people I asked. I wanted him on the track “Manimals” because for me it was the track that was pretty inspired by Active Child!
E+E: I'm sure many assume your name is Chad, but it's not, so what brought about the name "Chad Valley"?CV: I like people to think that I'm called Chad (thats why I liked the name), but it comes from an area of Birmingham in the UK. There’s a toy company called Chad Valley, too.
E+E: You obviously have some amazing collaborations on this album including Twin Shadow, Glasser, Active Child and El Perro Del Mar but what are you most excited about with Young Hunger?CV: I'm just excited about the whole concept and the fact that I managed to pull it off! I'm not a particularly organized person, so to arrange all the sessions with those people was a personal feat! I do really like the fact that El Perro Del Mar and Glasser were up for doing it because those are the two people that I didn't personally know and for some reason they wanted to do it, which was huge for me, being such a big fan of both of them.
E+E: What has been the craziest/best/tragic story/show/venue/etc. on your tour so far?CV: Jacksonville, Florida was a combination of all of those things! We had one of the best nights, but one of the smallest audiences. There was like no one there, but the people who were there were amazing, and the staff at the venue - The Underbelly - were so very nice and accommodating. We stayed there partying with Ghost Beach (the band we have supporting us on this leg of the tour) at the venue until the early hours. We had two sold out shows in New York which was pretty amazing (I've only sold out shows in Oxford before so that was pretty awesome).
E+E: Do you have a favorite US city yet? Don't worry, it doesn't have to be Portland.CV: On this tour, New York has been the best mostly because we were there for three days, but I also loved hanging out in Chapel Hill. The smaller places are the most interesting to me.