Get to know – Chris Valdez – musician and host of Joy Ruckus Club 4 Australia and New Zealand

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We’ve been talking about Joy Ruckus Club for a little while now, and as one of the participating partners for the Australian and New Zealand stage, we thought it might be a great idea to tell you some more about the acts that are participating!

Let’s start with the basics – Joy Ruckus Club is the largest global Asian music festival and it just keeps on getting bigger. The worldwide event presented by 400 Dayze will take place from 27 August – 5 September 2021 – spanning 10 huge days and 14 worldwide stages.

LiveXLive Media a global leader in providing platforms for livestreams and on-demand audio, have partnered with Joy Ruckus Club 4 to provide this exclusive pay-per-view partnership.

Let’s get to know the charismatic host and one of the highlight performers of the Australian/New Zealand stage of Joy Ruckus Club 4 – Chris Valdez.

Chris Valdez is a Filipino New Zealand born singer, rapper, song-writer, and self taught producer who immortalises events and feelings through honest lyrics and identifiable sounds that take inspiration from multiple genres written and produced all from in his room.

Chris has realised that writing and producing songs is his safe-haven and he hopes that one day his music will inspire others the way that it has helped him. Being a full-time student, studying a Bachelors of Design majoring in Digital Design at AUT. Chris juggles between his passion for music, his interests in VFX.

What first got you into music?

I feel like it was my family.  I was born into a musical family.  Mum played a lot of ABBA, and dad played a lot of Bon Jovi.  My brother who plays piano was a big inspiration.  I was in high school when I started producing music.

Who are your musical influences?

Childish Gambino without a doubt, he is so talented.  Also, K-Pop in general.  I’m a big fan of K-Pop, the music production values are insane.  My favourite K-Pop acts would be Blackpink, Big Bang and especially G-Dragon.

Where do you get your inspirations from when it comes to making your own music?

I feel like music wise I draw inspiration from everyone, but most of it comes from inside.  The reason I like G-Dragon or Childish Gambino as artists is that they are true to their art and I strive to be like that too.

What is your process when you are writing songs? 

Usually, I produce the instrumental first and then after that I produce a melody and write the lyrics.  There have been a few odd times when I’ve woken up with a melody in my head and have to write it down.

Where do the lyrics come from?

For the most part when I write songs its things I’m experiencing in the moment.  Writing songs has become my outlet.

Chris Valdez

What kind of artist do you aspire to be?

First, I just want to be happy with who I am and what I create.  It doesn’t matter if I become successful or not, it is most important that I’m free to create my art and if someone hears it they are inspired by my music in some way.  I want my music to touch people.

How did you become involved with Joy Ruckus Club?

I feel like my involvement was pure chance, I was making music and decided to advertise one of my songs.  Kublai Kwon, the creator of Joy Ruckus Club saw the advert and reached out to me to see if I’d be interested in taking part.

Why do you think an event like Joy Ruckus Club is so important?

I think it relates to representation of Asian artists and Asian music.  It feels like the whole genre is very under the radar.  Joy Ruckus Club gives us a chance to be represented. 

This is the third time I’ve taken part in Joy Ruckus Club, and I come back because it is a great opportunity for me as an artist to push myself to grow.  Joy Ruckus Club is the gateway to push myself to go harder.  My fanbase has grown through my involvement which is fantastic.  For the most part though I’ve seen myself grow.

Chris Valdez ‘Space’

Do you have any last messages you’d like to share with us?

I’m super grateful for everything and for people who listen to music.

Thanks Chris for taking the time to talk to us about your journey with music and all the exciting things that are happening for you.

Make sure you get your tickets to see Lucidic perform at the Joy Ruckus Club 4. Tickets are available from livexlive here.

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Written by Narelle

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