Valley Hush is incredible. Not only is their sound super unique, but they have a way of keeping us dancing, no matter what the scenario. (Try dancing as you’re walking alone in a park. That’s what I did the other day when I was listening to them. I can only imagine what a sight that was to behold.) Plus, they’re big believers in being authentic and vulnerable with their art. And we dig that.
World, meet Alex Kaye and Lianna Vanicelli, the masterminds behind Valley Hush.
MOSHERY: Are you both originally from Detroit? How do you think where you’re from has aided in shaping who you are and how you live your life?
VH: Yes. We both grew up in Metro Detroit, went to the same high school (never spoke), and now we both live in the city. It’s weird being from here. People from here appreciate things more because we watch things grow from the ground up. I think that it’s given me a much thicker skin and I’m always aware of potentially dangerous situations. Which is good I guess. But it definitely has its ups and down. My house was literally just broken into and robbed a few days ago.
M: Oh yikes. I’m so sorry! This is going to be an awkward transition… “Iris” is such an amazing song. If this song were playing behind ANY scene–real life or on a show/movie–what can you imagine would be happening?
VH: Thanks! We’re really glad you connect with it. I love imagining songs to scenes in my head. I think “Iris” could totally be the soundtrack to those scenes in movies where the character finally breaks free from whatever life obstacles they’ve been struggling with. Like they’re muddy, bloody, and wet, but so happy to just be alive and they walk to their freedom in slow motion while the chorus plays. An anime would be fitting.
M: 100% could see that! The way you describe “Iris” is so poetic. What do you think it means to be authentic and vulnerable in today’s society?
VH: Thank you. What I mean is that we’ll only experience authentic love if we can allow ourselves to be vulnerable. Society makes us feel that being vulnerable is a weakness, and people have more trouble than ever just letting go of the past and being honest with themselves. We end up living in these bubbles full of fear, comparison, and expectation…which turns out badly for everyone involved.
M: We only like Double Bubble anyway. In the song “Black Sea” we hear some heavy breathing. I feel like we couldn’t do that in one take because we’d be laughing too hard.
VH: Haha! Luckily, the microphone picks up even the quietest things, so I didn’t have to breathe heavily very loudly. But I definitely laughed through that part. We have to stop tracking pretty frequently because I start laughing randomly. Alex and I are super comfortable together though so it’s just fun recording weird parts. Last session, we were attempting to record Yoshi sound effects.
M: How did you know that Yoshi is our favorite? You’ll be in KC for the Middle of The Map Fest. What are you most looking forward to about that experience?
VH: Really looking forward to playing outside of Michigan. We’re excited to be a part of a festival that’s grown so much. There are a ton of amazing artists on the lineup. Also looking forward to the heat!
M: This year is stellar, that’s for sure! What songs are your favorites right now?
“Same Ol’ Mistakes” – Rihanna’s cover of Tame Impala. It’s so good.
“Lovers’ Carvings” -Bibio
“Walk & Talk” -Benoit & Sergio
“Animals” -coast modern
“Salad Days” -Mac Demarco
“Yes I’m Changing” Tame Impala
“Cheapest Flight” PREP
M: When you think of Prince, what comes to mind?
VH: Artists like Prince (and Bowie..) are really important to us not only because of their genius musical talent but also because of their completely fearless attitude towards creativity and breaking social norms. It’s super inspiring to read back on interviews with them when they were in their prime and to realize they literally didn’t give a fuck about what anyone else thought. In fact neither of them really cared what people thought about them (in a good way) right up through the end of their lives.
M: Not relevant whatsoever, but Beyonce’s “Lemonade.” Did you see it?
VH: I (Alex) haven’t seen the video/movie yet, but from what I’m hearing off the record so far the production is unbelievable. Really really cool to see artists like her doing things like this. Rihanna’s new album is real different and cool too.
M: What advice do you have for musicians?
VH: Do what you love, don’t change for anyone, and don’t give up EVER.
M: What’s up next for Valley Hush?
VH: Our debut full length! It’s almost done and we have never been so eager to share new material with the world <3 also: Art collaborations, a music video, and touring in the future.
We can’t wait to pick up the new album when it comes out! Don’t forget to stop by and see Valley Hush at Middle of The Map this week! For all other info on them, check out their bandcamp and keep up to speed with them on Instagram!
**photo via Katie Boone.
Meredith has spent her life pin balling across America. She is often referred to as an entrepreneur, photographer, writer, and multi-media maven. She would label herself “butcher,” “baker,” and “candlestick maker.” (Hint: One of these is not true.) She is currently trying to find the perfect design for the DIY ukulele her twin gave her for Christmas. You can find her random musings on Twitter and Instagram.