Ksenia Valenti is a singer-songwriter from Nakhodka, Russia that I wrote about back in December when she released a music video for her single ‘Powerless‘.
The daughter of a guitar player and a pianist, Ksenia, now residing in Los Angeles, California, has gone on to make music throughout her career over the last couple of years. I had the opportunity to recently have a quick Q&A with Ksenia about her music, the story of Ksenia Valenti, all about her latest single, “Powerless”, working on her first music video, on her forthcoming album, what Ksenia has planned for 2017 and more.
We kicked off the Q&A with a bit of a backstory as to who exactly Ksenia Valenti is; how did she get her start?
“My mom enrolled me into music school when I was 6 and I started playing piano, performing at recitals, and entered piano competitions. At the same time I loved singing, I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember. At the age of 16 it became my job, I was singing at birthday parties, weddings, and other events. I still do it from time to time! I also have my own band called “KGB” it stands for “Ksenia’s Good Band.” We play locally around LA.”
I found that last bit interesting, no only does she do her own solo work, but she also plays gigs around Los Angeles as part of a band, which is also a pun on KGB. I did a quick Google search and found a bunch of songs Ksenia’s Good Band and Ksenia (with Jeremy Bieber) have covered, from the likes of ZAYN to Selena Gomez, The Weeknd and Shawn Mendes, and James Bay, which you can check out below:
Continuing on with the notion of her passion for music and with the impending release of her new album on February, Ksenia noted how Powerless plays a role in her release and how much it means to her as the first song released from the album:
“There are songs on my albums that are very dear to my heart, Powerless is a one of them, and I could not wait for people to hear it. “
Also commenting on the process of her music:
“Process of making music stayed the same, the mood was different for these 3 tracks. We wrote songs at different times and I was going through different things.”
While inspiration for Ksenia’s own music comes from life experiences, emotions and feelings she goes through. She also took the time to give a shout out to other artists she is currently enjoying a lot, from the likes of adult contemporary and pop music heavyweights Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, Adele and Sam Smith, just to name a few – and experiencing Ariana Grande live for the first time at the American Music Awards:
“Adult contemporary music. I love Justin Bieber, no matter what anyone says, his music is just awesome, incredibly well written and produced. I love Ed Sheeran, just listened to the whole album “X”, he seems like a sensitive guy. I recently went to see the American Music Awards and I was blown away by Ariana Grande’s live performance, she sings pitch perfect. I listen to lots of current stuff on the radio too. I really appreciate when songs make me feel, relate and inspire.. I love Adele and Sam Smith for that. If they ever made an album together, I would be afraid there would mass suicides.”
With the release of Ksenia’s album in February, it is the kick-off point for her 2017 with a big year of things to come with new shows, music, and much more. Follow her on social media to make sure you don’t miss out.