Worldwide Awards 2014 // Artist Focus // Valerie June
January 6, 2014
Ahead of the ninth instalment in the annual Worldwide Awards at Koko, we will be shedding light on the artists performing through a series of questions. Here we have for you, Valerie June.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself please. Who are you, where are you from etc.?
I was born Valerie June Hockett in Madison County, Jackson, Tennessee. One of the best small towns ever! I love reading short stories and children’s fables. I love drinking hot tea and sitting in saunas. I don’t listen to music often, but when I do stop to listen, I am very specific about what I want to hear. I love to read liner notes about musician’s lives.
How would you describe your music?
Organic Moonshine Roots Music
My friends and I came up with the description. It’s a whimsical title to allow the listener to relate to the music in his or her own way versus being told one way to think of the tunes before even hearing the records or seeing a live show. It’s an amalgamation of the South’s strongest genres blended together like a Sunday afternoon meal with your grandma or great auntie!
Whom do you count amongst your most significant influences when it comes to production?
Music production has always baffled me. It’s a craft I’m still grasping. I always thought a band or artist would just hone their musical abilities until it was ready to be captured on a record and that it was just as easy as having a natural, raw talent that translates on tape. I guess there is quite a craft to choosing the correct microphones and methods to capture a sound. I love T. Bone Burnett and Craig Street. I love how their best works leave a lot of space for the music to breath. I love how the producers I’ve worked, Kevin Augunas and Dan Auerbach, can capture vintage sounds. Jack white does a great job with capturing old, raw vintage sounds as well!
If you could give a musical award of the year, what would it be and for whom?
I would give a musical award to a stellar artist who had interest in studying folk music of any tradition from the community of its origin ( which may lead the artist everywhere!). I would pay all of their living expenses for a 1-3 years study and all travel, books and instruments necessary for the artist to become completely immersed in discovering the craft to its greatest capacity.
This award would be called The Alan Lomax & Zora Neale Hurston Award.
Do you have a current DJ mix or any tracks that are available for free download right now that we could point folks to?
My current record, Pushin’ Against a Stone is available now!
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