We had the good fortune of connecting with Valenti Funk and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Valenti, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I was born in Dallas and raised in Irving, TX. That would be Bear Creek, TX to be more exact (look up it’s history when you get the chance). In my era of growing up in Irving, it was pretty diverse. I recall having just as many “band geek” friends (as I’m a self proclaimed band geek) as I did have “friends from the hood”. I enjoyed having friends of all walks of life. I got/get along with any and everyone. I divided my time among all of my friends pretty equally. I was cool with “good people”, period, no matter their ethnic background. That same attitude or philosophy is with me until this very moment.
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.
As of now, I’m most proud of the completion of my 1st solo album. I’m still super thankful for all of those who were featured on it and made it what it is. Album #2 is in the works and I’m already excited about it before it’s completion. I’m also very thankful in advance for all of my friends/artist whom will be featured on “Valenti 2”. I’m nowhere to where I really want to be, but I’m where I’m at all thanks to persistence and believing in myself. If no one else believes in you, YOU have to have faith in you and your own product. I know for a fact that I’ve passed the “overnight” success time frame. I’m in the “he’s still doing it?” time frame, and I won’t/can’t stop. Music is my absolute passion. I do consider it an art. I get a “high” from knowing that I brought someone joy with my art. I know that sounds “cheesy”, but I wholeheartedly feel that way. Operating as your own independent entity and financing everything yourself can be very challenging. At the same time, I welcome that challenge. I don’t mind knowing what’s going on every step of the way of completed a project. I’d actually feel some type of anxiety if I didn’t. I want people to know that anytime they listen to anything “Valenti” related, that it will be funky and groovy and is coming from a place of gratitude and with a reverence to all things “old school”.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, my best friends are also from Irving, so they already know the deal, BUT, if I had to show someone not from here a good time, I’d: (In no particular order) – Take them to Fuel City for an elote – Show them Deep Ellum and introduce them to musicians WAY better than I am – Take them to Coconut Thai and have them try the mango sticky rice dessert – Take them to Ft. Worth and catch my boy Ronnie Heart spinning somewhere – Take them to one of the Buc-ee’s in the area (Or maybe even take a quick road trip to Austin just so we could catch a Buc-ee’s on the way there or back) – Take them to El Palote Panaderia for some vegan street tacos (yeah, yeah, always eating <“That’s what she said”>….I know..lol) I don’t go out much if at all, so this would pretty much be it. I’m actually a certified homebody. I prefer to hang behind closed doors. And if this friend were anything like me, I’m sure they’d say, “Scratch all of that, and let’s get some take out and watch documentaries all week and chat about Prince, conspiracy theories and religious origins.
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?
I’ve been out of high school for a long long while, but, I’d like to shout out ALL of my classmates and friends from my child hood. They are partially the reason why I “keep going”. They’ve been there since the elementary school talent shows. They were there for the half time shows and pep rally’s. They were the ones always asking how’s my music career is coming along. They seemed to be the only ones who believed in me. I may have just come to the epiphany that the real reason I continue is because I don’t want let them down.
Dennis Webb Jr.