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Valentino Khan: “It’s A Goal Of Mine To Be Versatile”

Valentino Khan talks about his latest single 'Pump', the stress of touring and much more.

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Valentino Khan is a name which has really burst through on the scene working with labels such as OWSLA and bringing hits to the scene such as ‘Deep Down Low’. He has a unique sound, one which chops and changes with each single that the artist brings, and this is what makes him so in-demand as an artist. Recently he has released his latest single ‘Pump’ on the mighty Ministry Of Sound label and the single has already accumulated a mass of support. So we caught up with Valentino Khan to talk about his new single, his current European tour and much more.

The last few years for Valentino Khan have been rather exciting with numerous accolades and hits to your name. Can you sum up the experience of how the last few years have been for you? 

It’s been a very trippy experience especially when I go to cities and places that I never thought I would ever encounter in my life. But all in all it’s a very rewarding experience knowing that it’s my music taking me to these places and helping me connect with all these people around the world.

As mentioned, you have gained some huge accolades, one of which was the release of your major single ‘Deep Down Low’. This received a wealth of support from fellow artists. For you to see it played by them, it surely must have been a good feeling? 

Yes. It was a very good feeling for me to see the support of “Deep Down Low” especially since I never thought a lot of the artists would be playing it. I just thought it would be a cool record my friends would play and some of my peers in the bass music world would play. But it really went outside of that with people like Axwell^Ingrosso , Calvin Harris, Afrojack and Avicii and so on. That was definitely the most surprising part of the whole experience.

The single also gained over 17 million streams on Spotify alone. What is your opinion on the platform and does streaming open up your music to more and more people? 

I love Spotify. I actually use it myself personally and I just really think that it has helped make music more accessible.  You don’t have to have the files physically downloaded. You literally just have them all in your library and you can just play them wherever and whenever you want and I think that’s a really refreshing feeling especially if you’re in the right moment or in a certain setting and you want to hear a particular song. You can now have instant access to that when you never really had that before.

‘Pump’ is the latest single to arrive from Valentino Khan which has been released on Ministry of Sound. This isn’t the first time you have worked with a major label though with releases on OWSLA and many others. What is it like to work with these major labels? Do they push you to better yourself? 

I wouldn’t say they push me to better myself. I think that’s something that comes from within. But I think they definitely can help facilitate my vision and my goals and help me reach an even larger fan base. Whether it’s putting together music videos or help from an A&R perspective, I think that’s where these labels come in and can have your back in.

And before touching on ‘Pump’ specifically, your style of music is one which changes almost with every release. Is this the direction you wanted to see your music go in, numerous genres and sounds? 

Yes it’s always been a goal of mine to be versatile with my sound and I think its just way less boring for me that way. It keeps things fresh and it gives me longevity as an artist but its something that organically is a part of my character as an artist.

You have also teamed up with a number of huge artists such as 2 Chainz, Major Lazer, Skrillex and more. Are there any other artists or collaborators on the cards for the near future?

Yes. I am working with other artists that are established and it’s always a really exciting process when you do that. You try to get the best possible sound not only for that artist but also for yourself and bring songs to life for people that are really talented. It’s something that I am very fortunate to be a part of.

Also, can you tell us a little about your production methods within the studio. Is there specific software or hardware you use, a technique which your always start with etc? 

I use Logic Pro to make all my music and I don’t really specifically start with anything. I’ve grown accustomed to being able to jump off from any point as long as that point is a point of inspiration and helps me have a vision for the rest of the track.

On to the touring aspect of being a producer and DJ and you have a rigorous run of dates in Europe at the moment. What is it like to perform to a European crowd compared to one in your home city of LA? 

They are totally different feelings. LA is always special because its my hometown and the support of the people of LA means so much. I always want to make it incredibly unique and memorable because I love my city. At the same time, playing in Europe is amazing because the vibe of the fans is different there. It’s almost like playing in a soccer stadium in terms of the flavour of the crowd.

Some of the stand out dates include XOYO in London, Ushuaia in Ibiza and many others. Is there any you are looking forward to the most? 

It’s hard to say which one I’m looking forward to most because they are all incredibly amazing cities. I value the off time in those cites as well. Just being able to explore and actually go out and be a part of the environment there. Whether it’s a festival or a club date I’m just really looking forward to playing for an energetic amazing crowd. This run has definitely lived up to that standard.

Rounding off the interview, I wanted to get your opinion on touring and the health of the DJ themselves, with many performing hundreds of gigs a year. Do you believe there is a point at which they should really stop and look after their health? And also make fans more aware of the health problems? 

That’s a very good question. I think it’s a tough topic that not many people like to touch on because no one really sees the grind day in and day out of this lifestyle. I think you always have to be in tune with yourself mentally and physically and you shouldn’t be putting yourself in a situation where the passion of what you do disrupts your everyday happiness and well-being. I think its just something is up to the individual to determine. You need to be able to monitor yourself and have an honest dialogue with yourself about your own health and if you’re not able to do that then you need to learn how to do that because travelling that much can be really taxing on your body in a number of ways so it helps to be in tune with yourself.

Finally, what can fans expect from Valentino Khan over the next few months as a whole? 

I’ll be rounding out my Europe tour. I’m in Europe literally all summer and then I’ll be going back to America and finishing a lot of new singles and finishing new music that I’m excited to share with everyone else.

For more information on Valentino Khan:
https://www.facebook.com/ValentinoKhan/
https://twitter.com/ValentinoKhan
https://soundcloud.com/valentinokhan
http://www.valentinokhan.com/

Valentino Khan Press Long

Valentino Khan.

Valentino Khan is a name which has really burst through on the scene working with labels such as OWSLA and bringing hits to the scene such as ‘Deep Down Low’. He has a unique sound, one which chops and changes with each single that the artist brings, and this is what makes him so in-demand as an artist. Recently he has released his latest single ‘Pump’ on the mighty Ministry Of Sound label and the single has already accumulated a mass of support. So we caught up with Valentino Khan to talk about his new single, his current European tour and much more.

The last few years for Valentino Khan have been rather exciting with numerous accolades and hits to your name. Can you sum up the experience of how the last few years have been for you? 

It’s been a very trippy experience especially when I go to cities and places that I never thought I would ever encounter in my life. But all in all it’s a very rewarding experience knowing that it’s my music taking me to these places and helping me connect with all these people around the world.

Valentino Khan.

As mentioned, you have gained some huge accolades, one of which was the release of your major single ‘Deep Down Low’. This received a wealth of support from fellow artists. For you to see it played by them, it surely must have been a good feeling? 

Yes. It was a very good feeling for me to see the support of “Deep Down Low” especially since I never thought a lot of the artists would be playing it. I just thought it would be a cool record my friends would play and some of my peers in the bass music world would play. But it really went outside of that with people like Axwell^Ingrosso , Calvin Harris, Afrojack and Avicii and so on. That was definitely the most surprising part of the whole experience.

The single also gained over 17 million streams on Spotify alone. What is your opinion on the platform and does streaming open up your music to more and more people? 

I love Spotify. I actually use it myself personally and I just really think that it has helped make music more accessible.  You don’t have to have the files physically downloaded. You literally just have them all in your library and you can just play them wherever and whenever you want and I think that’s a really refreshing feeling especially if you’re in the right moment or in a certain setting and you want to hear a particular song. can now have instant access to that when you never really had that before.

Valentino Khan.

‘Pump’ is the latest single to arrive from Valentino Khan which has been released on Ministry of Sound. This isn’t the first time you have worked with a major label though with releases on OWSLA and many others. What is it like to work with these major labels? Do they push you to better yourself? 

I wouldn’t say they push me to better myself. I think that’s something that comes from within. But I think they definitely can help facilitate my vision and my goals and help me reach an even larger fan base. Whether it’s putting together music videos or help from an A&R perspective, I think that’s where these labels come in and can have your back in.

And before touching on ‘Pump’ specifically, your style of music is one which changes almost with every release. Is this the direction you wanted to see your music go in, numerous genres and sounds? 

Yes it’s always been a goal of mine to be versatile with my sound and I think its just way less boring for me that way. It keeps things fresh and it gives me longevity as an artist but its something that organically is a part of my character as an artist.

Valentino Khan.

You have also teamed up with a number of huge artists such as 2 Chainz, Major Lazer, Skrillex and more. Are there any other artists or collaborators on the cards for the near future?

Yes. I am working with other artists that are established and it’s always a really exciting process when you do that. You try to get the best possible sound not only for that artist but also for yourself and bring songs to life for people that are really talented. It’s something that I am very fortunate to be a part of.

Also, can you tell us a little about your production methods within the studio. Is there specific software or hardware you use, a technique which your always start with etc? 

I use Logic Pro to make all my music and I don’t really specifically start with anything. I’ve grown accustomed to being able to jump off from any point as long as that point is a point of inspiration and helps me have a vision for the rest of the track.

Valentino Khan.

On to the touring aspect of being a producer and DJ and you have a rigorous run of dates in Europe at the moment. What is it like to perform to a European crowd compared to one in your home city of LA? 

They are totally different feelings. LA is always special because its my hometown and the support of the people of LA means so much. I always want to make it incredibly unique and memorable because I love my city. At the same time, playing in Europe is amazing because the vibe of the fans is different there. It’s almost like playing in a soccer stadium in terms of the flavour of the crowd.

Some of the stand out dates include XOYO in London, Ushuaia in Ibiza and many others. Is there any you are looking forward to the most? 

It’s hard to say which one I’m looking forward to most because they are all incredibly amazing cities. I value the off time in those cites as well. Just being able to explore and actually go out and be a part of the environment there. Whether it’s a festival or a club date I’m just really looking forward to playing for an energetic amazing crowd. This run has definitely lived up to that standard.

Rounding off the interview, I wanted to get your opinion on touring and the health of the DJ themselves, with many performing hundreds of gigs a year. Do you believe there is a point at which they should really stop and look after their health? And also make fans more aware of the health problems? 

Valentino Khan.

That’s a very good question. I think it’s a tough topic that not many people like to touch on because no one really sees the grind day in and day out of this lifestyle. I think you always have to be in tune with yourself mentally and physically and you shouldn’t be putting yourself in a situation where the passion of what you do disrupts your everyday happiness and well-being. It’s just something is up to the individual to determine. You need to be able to monitor yourself and have an honest dialogue with yourself about your own health and if you’re not able to do that then you need to learn how to do that because travelling that much can be really taxing on your body in a number of ways so it helps to be in tune with yourself.

Finally, what can fans expect from Valentino Khan over the next few months as a whole? 

I’ll be rounding out my Europe tour. I’m in Europe literally all summer and then I’ll be going back to America and finishing a lot of new singles and finishing new music that I’m excited to share with everyone else.

For more information on Valentino Khan:
https://www.facebook.com/ValentinoKhan/
https://twitter.com/ValentinoKhan
https://soundcloud.com/valentinokhan
http://www.valentinokhan.com/

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