Ever since we heard Mickey Valen’s “Meet Me”, we’ve been excited to hear what the up and coming producer will release next. Well wait no more, Mickey Valen is back at it again with his new single “Wildcard” featuring Feli Ferraro.
Building on the style of his wildly successful Meet Me, Mickey Valen has brought even more power and emotional energy to Wildcard. Luckily for us, we caught up with the producer to ask him a few questions about him, his new release, and what’s in store for the rest of this year.
Can you tell us a little about your music background? Where did you get your start with production?
MV: I’m a classically trained pianist so that’s the base of my music background. I started producing right after college when I realized I wasn’t interested in performing piano and wanted to do more work behind the scenes.
Your production really allows vocals to shine – what are some artists that have helped to influence your production style?
MV: I listen to a lot of pop music and hip hop which always focus on the vocals. In the end, the song has to speak to the listener and the production is there just to help tell the story.
Can you tell us about your creative process? Where do your song ideas start?
MV: I’m rarely the one writing the songs in terms of the lyrics. I try to find songs and demos of songs that I can connect to lyrically.. I try to capture the same emotions from the story and put it into the production.
What’s next for you? Any upcoming concerts, tour dates, or just anything you’d like to tell our readers?
MV: Over the next year I plan to just put out a lot of singles, collaborations and have fun with releasing music as this project is still new to me. Once I grow it and have some bigger songs I’ll definitely be going out on the road.