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Rising Stars: Meet Shayan Valaie

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shayan Valaie.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I was always into music ever since I was a kid. I was captivated by live performances and I always knew there was a place meant for me in music. I was never really naturally good at anything until I started music. The first instrument I picked up was a viola in elementary school. I played for about five years in an orchestra until I reached middle school and thats when I decided to pick up a guitar. I was obsessed with it. I kept playing more and more and kept getting better and better until towards the end of high school. I started drifting away from music and began to practice less, though my interest was still there, part of me just didn’t believe in myself as much. I was arrested after high school. Ironically, it turned out to be a blessing in my life. Throughout my time incarcerated, I started to write my own music. I didn’t have much besides a pen, paper, and ideas, but I made it work. I was finally able to channel all of my emotions into something that I could create from nothing. It’s been years since I’ve been out now, and to tell you the truth, if it wasn’t for that setback in my life I would have probably never came back to creating music. At the end, it made me who I am today.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I make music. From creating the song until the final production, I am involved. Starting off as an artist is hard. In the beginning, you know nothing, but there is so much to learn from production to marketing.

If you listen to my music the first thing, you that would set me apart would be my sound. I don’t try to copy the most mainstream sounds, I think music has gotten very generic lately. I don’t want to sound like anyone else, I want to sound like myself, and thats something I’m very proud of. I mix pop and hip hop, acoustic guitars and heavy synths, I try to go against the norm. I taught myself how to mix and master and though it took me years to get to a professional level, it was well worth it and gave me a distinct set of ears that could elevate my music to the next level.

What matters most to you?
Music has helped me through some of the hardest times in my life. It’s a way for Artists to let listeners into their lives relate to them, and sometimes help them through their own hard times.

I hope that one day my music could resonate in someone the same way my favorite artist’s songs have resonated in me.

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