Waiting For You... With Syd Duran of Valora: Entry #12: Valora "Crazy Eyes”
Fri, 16 Mar 2012 12:02:24
ARTISTdirect.com is proud to present the eleventh installment of our blog with Valora singer Syd Duran. Check it out below!
In case you need it... Here's some background on Valora. They're the most kickass new hard rock band out there, and their debut album will be available in early 2012. Be sure to check out their latest single "I Waited For You" here for a proper introduction. The band's debut album I Waited For You will be out on April 3, 2012.
Blog Entry #12: Crazy Eyes
Every once in a while, I'll walk into a writing session or an interview, and receive a greeting that sounds like "Hello, Valora. Welcome!" The first few times it happened, I would slowly turn around, expecting that my band mates had stealthily wandered into the room. Occasionally, I'll even receive messages that are addressed to "the lead singer, Valora", or even better, "Val." I don't know how to break it to them, but my name is Sydnee, and I go by Syd. As this became a more frequent occurrence, I had a wonderful realization: These people are completely right! Valora may not be my name, but it is the essence of who I am as an artist. She's the equivalent to Beyoncé's "Sasha Fierce" or Nicki Minaj's "Roman." When I hit the stage, I become all that is Valora. Her flamboyant, untamed and amorous personality seeps from my pores as I creep across every inch of my platform. In photos, I sometimes appear to have been possessed by a force that I gladly welcome. "You have crazy eyes," I've been told. That's not me. That's Valora.
I came across the name “Valora” while browsing a fictional website on the History of female pirates. Check it out, if you're interested. Dorianne Valora Waverider's story reached out and grabbed me. I did some extended research on the meaning of "Valora" and adopted it for my band name. The timing of my pirate girl discovery was years ago, while I was still figuring out who the hell I am as an artist. I had experimented with different vocal styles and genres of music, but there was only one thing that felt like home: Rock music.
I related to Valora on so many levels. For one, she didn't even know where she came from, but nothing could get in her way of obtaining the life she truly desired. I, on the other hand, was raised by two loving parents, but neither had been interested in a musical career the way that I was. I had to find myself in the world of music, and set my own example. With no history of music in the family, I had nothing to observe. Valora had many set backs, like being born into captivity on a ship full of men. Despite certain obstacles growing up, which could have prevented me from ever having a career as a vocalist. I worked around the clock to breakthrough the issues I had with my voice. There was literally nothing I wanted more than to be a singer. Like Valora, I've been placed into the male-dominated world of rock music, but I will stop at nothing to prove that I can hang with the boys, and hold my own.
—Syd Duran 03.16.12
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