Today we’d like to introduce you to Val Gallo.
Hi Val, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I’m a rock singer/songwriter living in LA. I was born in Miami, Florida, to a Colombian-Italian family. I started school in the US and went back and forth from Cartagena to Miami until we fully moved to Colombia, where I was raised. I started my musical journey at four years old, playing piano and dancing ballet, mostly because my grandmother loved classical music and that’s what I would listen to all day. She would play operas, ballets, concerts, and I would dance around in her living room. I never really knew I could sing, I would express my love for music through dance, and I played a few instruments in school. When I was 14 years old, we had the option to pick an art form for our curriculum, I chose music because my best friend and I loved rock and would sing and play guitar after school at his place. We were the misfits of our grade, it was us against the world and rock music was what made us feel like we belonged somewhere. We both started classes and we made sort of a band, I was not very good at playing guitar but that’s the instrument I chose. One day they asked me to sing a song because my friend couldn’t reach certain notes, so I did, I loved it and my teacher and friends told me I should sing more. From then on, I had found my passion, I finally knew how to express myself.
I love Colombia but I always dreamed of leaving, coming to LA and following my dreams of being a rock singer. I had to go to school for something more businessy because that’s the Colombian way, so I studied Fashion Design and Marketing in Lasalle College of Montreal. My dad had family there so we thought it would be a good idea to study there when I graduated high school. I really missed music and felt like I wasn’t where I was meant to be. My mom’s an actress, she had moved to Mexico City when she took an acting job in a novela, so I decided to follow her and focus on music and singing. I became more technical and started doing musical theatre. I took some acting and singing jobs, and I got to star in Grease The Musical with an amazing cast in Mexico City. I learned a lot and was happy being able to do what I loved to do, but rock was still my passion and I felt like something was telling me to come to LA.
I started looking for schools online and I found Musicians Institute, their curriculum was perfect for me. I applied and got accepted, so I finally found the guts to move out here and it’s been the best decision I’ve ever made. I graduated MI and now I’m working on my debut album, I’m surrounded by talented musician friends, and my life revolves around music. I found love here, I married my awesome husband Logan who’s an incredible guitarist. We met at MI, he was in the guitar program. It’s been a long journey to get to this point but I couldn’t be happier. I’m living the American Dream, and it’s only the beginning.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It has not been an easy journey, I’ve had to work a lot on myself. I always felt like I needed to come to LA, but it took a while to get here because I had to go through ups and downs. I had to focus on getting stronger, not only as a person but as a musician. I’ve had to better my self-esteem and to believe in myself because I’ve always struggled with depression and I’ve never felt good enough. I’m finally finding the courage to put myself out there and owning who I am and my talents. I finally want to share my passion with the world.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m a rock singer, I love to mix clean and smooth vocals and heavy screams. I love the balance of soft and aggressive. The album that I’m working on is a hard rock album with electronic and pop elements. I think a lot of bands in rock are mixing genres right now, but it’s all about how you do it that sets you apart. When I write lyrics, I write about what I’m going through at the moment, I let everything out and I’m very honest about how I feel. It’s scary to be vulnerable like that but that’s what people will relate to, we sometimes feel like we’re alone but other people are going through the same thing, and that’s why music brings us all together.
Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
I am passionate and focused. I know that there will be a lot of doors closing and others opening, a lot of people that won’t believe in me and a lot of people that will, or that won’t like what I do but others will love it. I just have to focus and remember that this is my passion and what I came here to do. Everything will be subjective, it’s best not to take anything personally and keep going. It’s a process and it’s hard work but if I’m resilient, I will be successful. Success for me would be to be able to share my music with an audience, to have them connect with my music and want to go to my shows. My favorite bands have changed my life for the better, I’m here because of them, and I would love to inspire people that want to express themselves through music or through any art form.
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