Bootleg Theater Presents
Ruby Haunt, Somme
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
This event is 21 and over
Sam Valdez is a Los Angeles based singer-songwriter, whose music is built upon the fusion of shoegaze and vintage Americana indie folk. Embodying the best of both genres, Valdez has created dreamy, yet haunting atmospheric soundscapes that resonate with her listeners.
Valdez grew up at the edge of the Nevada desert, in Las Vegas and credits the desert as a major influence in her writing and composing. The vastness and solitude of desert life is apparent throughout her writing, with cinematic resonance and euphoric arrangements.
After performing in numerous bands, she found the essence of her solo sound and decided to run with it, indulging in her own creative process and ultimately developing a sound that is true to her own. As a classically trained violinist, Valdez has a sense of musical maturity within her songs, adding technicalities that bring her to the forefront of her genre.
Lead single, ‘Its Alright’ oozes beauty and grace through it’s forthright lyrics. Featuring fuzzy 90’s shoegaze melodies, wistfully innocent vocals and driving drum rhythms, it’s a melancholic tale of both love and loss. ‘Its Alright’ thematically focuses on coping with the disillusion that comes with relationships. Valdez reveals, “I wrote this song in a dream-like state of mind”.
Valdez has seen success with her previous release ‘Hours’ receiving acclaim from prestigious media outlets including Black Book. She has also performed at high profile venues throughout Los Angeles.
Inspired by Sufjan Stevens, The War On Drugs and the words of Sylvia Plath, it is no wonder that Valdez creates stunning compositions. More music coming soon.
Unrequited love is a fact of life. It trips us up, leaving us to question our emotional well-being, worthiness, and lovability. For rising L.A. artist Somme, it’s the genesis of a stellar debut song and video.
“Long Time” is, according to Somme, about “a relationship that ultimately went nowhere.” It exists in that troublesome middle ground between holding on to the love you have in your head and coming to terms with the fact that this love is not how you imagine it to be. In Somme’s case, that love involved a girl from her past and the realization that this girl couldn’t answer all Somme’s big life questions—only Somme herself could do that.
Photographer and director Lindsey Byrnes tells us she “really wanted to visually express the advice that I have heard over and over: love yourself and eventually, you will be able to share love with someone else.” Through lush nature shots and choreography performed by the one and only Sam Akins, Byrnes and Somme bring to life a story about learning to let go of a bad relationship and instead embrace the love you feel for yourself. “It became clear that I wasn’t singing about that relationship anymore,” Somme says, thinking back to her initial frustration with the experience that inspired the song. “I was singing about myself.”
Byrnes pulled together a solid team of queer-identifying people to bring “Long Time” to life. ”[Bia Jurema] really nailed the visuals,” Byrnes says of the video’s director of photography and editor. “I wanted to make a video that was empowering and gender-fluid,” she adds. “I want the audience to understand that she is him, he is her, they are her, him are they, and they are them, but if they don’t, that’s okay, too.” And, most importantly, the greatest love story isn’t the one you have with another; it’s the one you have with yourself. After all, you’re the one you’re stuck with for a lifetime. Can we get an amen? - NYLON