Written by Bruce Campbell: Audio/Visual is the debut full length from artist, club and radio dj, playwright, Anthony Valadez. This album is a collection of beats that became modified with the addition of live instrumentation to add texture. The concept of the album is based on the merge between sight and sound – each song, sample and layer is inspired by a visual that inspired Valadez.
“I’ve always been inspired by the visual elements of everyday life” Valadez explains. “From my college days, taking public transportation, to driving home late at nights from gigs. My mind takes mental snapshots that stay with me while I play the keys, percussion and the mpc to create sounds…” The opening track Vibrations is a clear indication that this is not your typical beat album, but rather an experimentation with samples, live bass lines, melodic chord changes and soulful elements. “I got bored of beat music with simple loops that really go nowhere and I wanted to challenge myself in creating a palette that allows me to change the texture within a song.” Click Read More for additional information.
Valadez enlist the vocal talents of Stockholm’s Kissey Asplund and Los Angeles’ Wendisue on a few tracks. Nevertheless the majority of the project is an instrumental sound-scape accompanied with the musicianship of Dexter Story (Life Force Trio, Build an Ark), Shante Palmer (Raphael Saadiq, Talib Kweli) and Evan Lasrey.