Meet Valeras… The Quintet To Follow ASAP

Monday 18 February 2019
Words Mimi Wright

The five piece from Reading are fun, uplifting and jamming their way through 2019. They just kicked off their debut headline tour through the UK and Ireland and will be spreading their smooth electric guitar vibes and deep bass sounds along the way.

Rose, bass player and lead singer, has a unique, moody voice that pairs nicely with the underlying drum beats and guitar notes. Their interspersed jams meld together like water colour on paper, mixing and intertwining to create a picture of bright sounds.

We took the opportunity to speak with them a little bit more about their favourite tracks and their feelings about their ongoing tour.

Could you tell me about how you initially got involved with music and who influenced you most? 

Most of us don’t have many musicians in our families, but all our parents are big music fans. A lot of us were inspired by watching and listening to artists that our parents would play in the car and home like The Police, The Beatles and The Doors. I also grew up listening to artists like Santana. I love the mix between Latin and rock music and they’re still one of my favourite bands.

Could you tell me about how the band came to be formed?

In 2013, we all met on a summer holiday’s band course at Reading Rock Academy. We were 12-15 at the time. After playing together for a few days and recording a demo, we decided to stick together. Our first show was in December 2013, and we haven’t stopped since!

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Can you describe how you felt whilst and after you’d released your first single? 

When we settled on the name Valeras and released our first single, it really felt right. It was a fresh start and so exciting. Releasing music is a little nerve wracking though; it always feels like we’re sharing a big part of ourselves.

For those who are new to your music, which three tracks would you encourage them to check out first and why?

I would say ‘Ricochet’, ‘Painkiller’ and ‘Colour Me’. Each track was made at quite different stages of our journey, and I feel they represent our evolution into the sound we’ve now come to know.

How do you feel when you share your music for the first time? Do you prefer to share new music live where you can see the crowd’s reaction first hand or online perhaps? 

We usually like to wait until we’ve recorded a song before we play it live, just to make sure it’s tight and we’re all happy with it. Trying out new songs live is really fun, but we also love playing songs people know and have a good reaction to.

What bands and artists are you currently listening to, and how are they inspiring you to explore and implement new ideas with your music?

There’s this great Venezuelan band called Los Mesoneros who we all love — really great poppy rock.

While on tour, do you get very much time to explore the towns and cities that you are playing? 

We don’t get that much time to explore, but we do get to walk around near the venues, mostly to find food places and stuff. Revisiting the same cities at different venues is really interesting — seeing different sides of each place.

What can those fortunate enough to have tickets expect from your live show?

A lot of energy and passion. These shows are really important to us, and we’re putting everything into it. We’re about to go out on our first ever headline tour; it feels like a big step up. We’re so excited.

What can we expect from you over the next twelve months?

The next twelve months are looking promisingly busy. We started off the year doing some recording, so new music is on the way. We’re trying to book as many shows and festivals as possible for this summer and beyond, and we’re really happy with what we’ve got lined up so far!