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    Wed, 23 Nov 2011 11:12:02

    Waiting For You…With Syd Duran of Valora: Entry #3 "Rock Talk... With Ryan Hoke and me, Syd Duran" - Exclusive blog by Syd Duran of Valora...

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    ARTISTdirect.com is proud to present the third 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.

    "Rock Talk... With Ryan Hoke and me, Syd Duran" — Entry #3

    Today I am letting you in on a conversation I had with a fellow lead singer whom I met on Valora's very first rock tour. We spent about two weeks getting to know each other, and I can honestly say, he has taught me some valuable lessons; lessons that should be learned by experience, but it will probably save me some heartache and embarrassment if I would just take his word. Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to introduce you to a rock star worth knowing.

    Ryan Hoke is the lead singer of Candlelight Red, a hard edged, yet melodic rock band out of central Pennsylvania. Ryan delivers powerful vocals, backed up by heavy, emotion driven music. The band has completed their first full length record with Grammy Award-Nominated Producer "David Ivory" and are currently on the road with Sevendust. They have toured with Saving Abel and 10 Years, opened up for the legendary KISS, and have also shared the stage with Rev Theory, Buckcherry, Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, VALORA and many more. To find out more about Candlelight Red, visit the band's web site!

    Syd: "What is the craziest thing that has ever happened to you on stage?"

    Ryan: "I fell off the stage at a hometown show in PA."

    Syd: "What? You actually fell off of the stage?!"

    Ryan: "Yeah, It's happened a couple times."

    Syd: "That's ridiculous. I've never fallen off a stage."

    Syd:"What would you say is the hardest part about being the frontman?"

    Ryan: "Not falling off stage."

    Syd: "Seriously, if that's the hardest thing about your job, then you really need to work on your coordination."

    Ryan: "Well actually, I find it hard to always remember what I wanted to say on stage. I make notes on our set list to remind me."

    Syd: "Yeah, I feel you. I always have something that I remember just after the lights dim and the curtain closes...if there's a curtain. Anyway, it's always too late."

    Syd: "After spending some time on the road with you on Valora's first ever rock tour, you and I have stayed connected and supportive of one another. What are some other lasting friendships you've made with people you've met on tour?"

    Ryan: "We make friends on the road all the time. When you're away from home for months at a time, the bands become the only family you have."

    Syd: "Can you name some specific people who impacted you on tour, and remain important in your life?"

    Ryan: "Ricky from Saving Abel and Louis from 10 Years."

    Syd:"My close friends in music usually stem from writing collaborations. When you open up to someone and successfully write music together, it's hard not to have a connection."

    Syd:"I enjoyed killing 40 zombies in 5 minutes on your bus. What is your favorite Valora tour memory?"

    Ryan: "Taelor's birthday in Montana. It was the first time on the tour we actually got to hang out... and you gave me your number." [laughs]

    Syd:"I still don't remember that." [laughs]

    Syd: "I noticed you like to prank call people with some app you have on your phone. What is the best tour prank you've ever had pulled on you?"

    Ryan: "Saving Abel saran wrapped our whole bus. They got us pretty good, but we got them back. We took out all their luggage and strapped it to the top of the trailer."

    Syd: "That's hilarious. We got pranked by Rooney a few times. They trashed our dressing room and turned the heat up all the way, so when we got off the stage sweaty and tired, we were melting in there. Oh yeah, how could I forget? They also filled our drum cymbals with baby powder. Needless to say, I was coughing through the entire set. I think I'd rather be pranked by Saving Abel."

    Syd: "Where would you take me on a date?"

    Ryan:"I'd take you anywhere you wanted to go...No wait, that's not my answer! I would take you to New York. It's one of my favorite cities in America. We'd see the sights, then go to dinner. There's an awesome Italian place on Columbus Ave. Plus, the night life in New York is the best. We would make a day of it and then party til 4am!"

    Syd:"What does your dream tour look like? Who would be on the bill, and where would you go?"

    Ryan: "Candlelight Red with Valora, Deftones, and Mötley Crüe in Europe. Well, Deftones and Mötley Crüe is a weird match."

    Syd:"It’s YOUR dream tour. It can be whatever you want."

    Ryan: "Oh, ok then."

    Syd: "Thanks for taking time to participate in my interview. In closing, you may ask me anything you want, and I will answer honestly."

    Ryan: "If you had to quit singing tomorrow, what would you do?"

    Syd: "I would continue writing music for other artists to perform."

    —Syd Duran

    Did you enjoy this blog? Stay tuned for more from Syd...

    See the last entry here!

    Watch Syd explain the story behind "I Waited For You" here!

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