- Words Ryan Cahill
We put our most intimate questions to the Philly export changing the game within R&B.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Andrea Valle filled her spare time with extra-curricular activities. Aside from track, art and cheerleading, singing and songwriting were two pass-times that Valle felt passionate about – and if her trajectory of stellar jams is anything to go by, we’re guessing she’s maintained her musical prowess. In her tracks “Float”, “Trust” and “Take Me Up”, she yearns over past lovers and unrequited love, approaching each topic with soft melodies and angelic vocals. Despite having only released a handful of tracks over the past year, she’s already appeared in a H&M campaign and opened for The Internet on their US tour dates.
As she gears up to drop her latest jam, we catch up with the Philly dreamer to discuss everything from LSD dreams to the most famous person in her DMs.
Do you remember your dreams? Tell us about a recent dream you’ve had….
I wish I could remember my dreams, they’re kind of like LSD trips. You go through it, good or bad and when it’s all over you remember bits and pieces. Real hazy stuff.
Tell us, what is your first memory of music?
My first memory of music is singing in church at 3 years old, singing “Jesus Loves Me”, I actually sung the entire song twice.
What’s your star sign? (And do you fit with your star sign?)
My star sign is a Leo. And yes I’m a true Leo. If you don’t believe in astrology you should, it teaches you a lot about yourself.
Who was your first celebrity crush?
My first celebrity crush was Chris Brown. I remember being in summer camp and hearing “Gimme Dat” for the first time ever, it’s safe to say he was everyone’s heartthrob then.
Tell us one thing nobody / not many people know about you.
A lot of people don’t know that I’m a twin, I have a fraternal twin named Andres.
"No More" by Andrea Valle
What would your biography be called?
What was the first song you ever wrote?
The first song I’ve ever written was actually a poem. I started writing poetry before writing music and I figured why not put those to the test and it worked out just fine for me.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
To believe in myself. At the time it seemed so minuscule but believing in yourself is essential as a creative/artist because if the work your producing is confident work, whether people receive it or not, you still put your all into and the momentum just keeps going.
What has been your biggest achievement?
My biggest achievement was getting through my depression at a time where it was really bad and I was suicidal. I no longer think that way. Life is short regardless and no good comes from having that mindset, it’s honestly hindering. There was a turning point, I think the more I got older I realized that’s crazy talk.
How was high school?
High school was a good time. Was I popular? No. Was I the least popular? No. I fit in where I wanted to, never dated any of the guys, got into one fight, missed gym class in first period senior year a lot lol..I was really invested in my crafts. Choir and Art class were my focus and it kept me afloat through high school the more I grew creatively.
Who is the most famous person in your DMs?
Gary Vee, he recently put a few songs of mine on his Monday to Monday playlist. To know he enjoys my music is really flattering and inspiring.
Which super power would you most like to have, and why?
If I had a super power I’d definitely want to teleport. It’d just be super convenient at the snap of a finger to go place to place without a wild commute. Travel the world booked or unbooked, leave a date that’s gone bad lol, the possibilities would be endless.
What is one album that totally changed your life?
Michael Jackson’s (my idol) Thriller was a life changing album for me, hit after hit, feel good music. The music just takes you somewhere, he was so innovative at 24 and it was in my opinion the height of his career.
Where/what will you be doing at the end of the world?
Knowingly if the world was ending, I’d be with loved ones enjoying those last moments with them, whether it’s friends or family. I’m sure being around people who make you happy and are near and dear will make the idea of the world ending less chaotic.