We had the good fortune of connecting with Melanie Valentine and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Melanie, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
I would say that the one thing about the music industry that outsiders are unaware of is that the majority of musicians rely heavily on each other. Until we achieve our own definitions of success, most, if not everything we do, relies heavily on networking. These interactions can often get interesting, as most of us collaborate with friends and even partners. This is one industry that is truly like being a part of a family, for better or for worse.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
In terms of my art, I see it as both very vulnerable, and a show of my strength. My music is a bit aggressive, but it’s meant to be so. As far as what sets me apart, I feel like I’m never afraid to say exactly how I feel through music. I’m not bashful, and for now that makes my music not safe for radio, and that’s okay.

I started in the burlesque scene in Houston, where I lived for ten years. That got my foot into the door for the alternative scene there. After that, I just kept networking, and playing as often as I could. I also did drag for a while, and intend on returning to that world.

When it comes to lessons I’ve learned along the way, I would say, be very careful who you work with. There are sadly quite a few bad apples in the industry, and, to stay safe, especially as a feminine person or woman, it can be better to exercise caution when it comes to socializing in the scene.

If I had one thing to let the world know about my story, it would be that your trauma does not have to define you. We all go through a lot in life, but we can’t let that stop us from perusing our passions and living our dreams.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend were visiting the DFW area, I would say we could explore the area together! I just moved up to Denton late last year and haven’t gotten around well enough to give them the grand tour just yet. Stops would definitely include Old Alton Bridge, the Traveling Man, and Six Flags. In terms of food, well, Killer’s Tacos is always a place I recommend.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Three people come to mind when I think of who to shout out. First, my husband and producer, Salem Valentine, for endless support. Second, my mentor, dear friend, and fellow musician, Joshua Johnson, for everything. Third, my friend Ryan Payne. All three of these musicians have had my back from the get-go, and I would not be where I am today without their kindness and influence.

Instagram: https://instagram.com/melanievalentine713?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

Other: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/7sbBwxB8geXR4QqCByyHlM?si=ChWhAnmzTAasqUO7CVUudQ&utm_source=copy-link SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/pzNh6

Image Credits
Skeleton shirt picture credit: N/A Burlesque pictures credit: Wolfsink Photography Blurry picture of me performing credit: James Marshall Dolly of ¿Everything is Temporary? Personal picture: Salem Valentine

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