Interview – Mars Valencia

Mars Valencia is an artist producing music predominantly within the trap genre. We shared his track Nomads a while back – if you’re into the genre then make sure you check it out at the end of this interview!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a track titled Nomads which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the track and where can it be purchased? What does the title refer to?

Nomads refers to the time I spent travelling around China. I saw some incredible scenes and met some amazing people who shared a similar mindset, during this time I felt like I was a nomad, that’s where the inspiration came from. The track is available on all streaming services, it’s very easy to find.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

The pandemic gave me time to work on my craft, sharpen my pen and make better beats. I had a few stories to tell so the pandemic gave me the time to truly think about every line and what story I was trying to tell. I usually record everything at home first and create a rough demo which I’ll take to the studio and then re-record everything so it can sound as professional as possible.

Do you plan to release any singles in the near future?

I released my second single Heartless not too long ago, the plan now is to release my latest EP. It will be my best project to date so I want to do it justice. I’m aiming to release it in June.

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

The artists that have had the most influence over my music are probably The Weeknd, Future and Don Toliver. I’m big on lyrics, I need to believe what you’re saying to me and after that production, how well has your music been mixed. Those artists are at the top of the game because the quality of their music is so high, a level I aspire to reach.

Whereabouts are you based and what is the music scene like in your part of the world?

I’m based in South London and the music scene here is so diverse and vibrant. You can go to South London and see a rap open mic night, or go to East London and vibe to an R&B themed night, or go to Central London and get lost in the Latin culture. There is something for everyone in London, and that’s what makes London so special.

Do you have any tour dates lined up? What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

I will be doing shows across London for now, I will share those dates once they have been confirmed. I want to create a moment, I want you to leave my shows with an experience of what its like to listen to Mars Valencia.

Any last words for the fans?

Thank you for listening to my music, it means a lot to me.