Grace Valerie Talks "When the Lights Go Down"
Wed, 15 Feb 2012 10:01:48
Grace Valerie sharpens pop with a sexy edge.
On her latest single "When the Lights Go Down", the golden-haired sonic temptress exudes an entrancing magnetism as she delivers an irresistible and infectious hook. Valerie infuses the song with just the right amount of attitude and charm for an undeniable dance floor anthem that'll have you having well-past "When the Lights Go Down". However, it's only a prelude of what's to come for this vivacious and vibrant new voice.
In this exclusive interview, Grace Valerie tells ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino all about "When the Lights Go Down" and so much more…
What's the story behind "When the Lights Go Down"?
It was produced by Randy Jackson. The story is very simple. I met him in December, and he decided to take over my project and help me record my first single. He found the song for me. I heard it, and I was like, "Oh my God, this song is mine". I really liked the beat because it was so dance-y and sexy. It's me. I want to go to the club and party to the song. I want to drive in my car and listen to it. I want my friends to enjoy their free time listening to this song. Everything was perfect—the music, beat, and lyrics. "When the Lights Go Down" is like my first baby. Before this, I lived in Russia and recorded songs in Russian. It was completely different. I was like a little girl singing romantic songs about love and friendship. When I came to the United States, everything completely changed. I started being myself more. I wasn't afraid to show that there's another side of Grace. It was really unexpected, especially for my friends and family.
Is this style natural for you?
I used to listen to a lot of dance artists like Beyoncé, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera. All of the people I admire have this inside. They have playful lyrics. Then, they also have fierce songs and romantic love songs. I want to be different all of the time. Every song will be completely different.
Is it important for you to paint visual pictures with the songs?
Usually, when I hear a song, I picture something and I have my own story. When I was going to record this song, I pictured a particular story with a guy. I met him in the club, and we liked each other. I was like, "If I like you and you like me, why are we hiding from each other?" Let's go and have some fun. "Charade" is completely different. Each song has its own story. I picture them like a movie in my head.
What else influences you outside of music?
I love to watch movies! I think I see almost every movie coming out. Reading books is my favorite thing. I also love to buy magazines and check out different fashions. Everything around me inspires me. Sometimes, when I have free time, I drive to the ocean with my friends or by myself and walk around the beach.
What are some of your favorite movies?
This fall, I saw Drive with Ryan Gosling. It was so good. It touched me. I'm not a big fan of thrillers. This movie was so cool though. Gosling did his thing. I couldn't stop watching it. It was so intense. I really loved Immortals. It was dope [Laughs]. That will be one of my favorites ever.
Have you heard "When the Lights Go Down"?